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Maritzburg Pip AmaZulu To KZN Premier's Cup Crown

Maritzburg United have been crowned 2021 KZN Premier's Cup champions after defeating AmaZulu on penalties.

Justin Shonga was named in the Usuthu starting line-up by coach Benni McCarthy as he continues to be assessed by the club while Siphelele Mthembu also got a start upfront.

The Team Of Choice broke the deadlock after 15 minutes when Rowan Human's flick set up Richard Zumah who found the bottom corner with an impressive strike.

Usuthu were handed the chance to get back on level terms in the 23rd minute from the penalty spot, which allowed Tapelo Xoki to convert his second penalty for the day.

Ernst Middendorp's men did restore their lead on 38 minutes as Kewuti tapped home at the far post against his former side after an inviting cross from Brandon Theron.

Usuthu came out firing in the second half restored parity in the 57th minute as Mthembu got beyond the Maritzburg defence before dummying Marcel Engelhardt to slot into an empty net.

Both sides opted for changes soon after as cramp began to affect certain players having already played earlier in the day, as Maritzburg threw on Ryan Rae, Riyaaz Ismail and Judas Moseamedi.

However, neither side were able to find a winning goal in the latter stages of the second stanza which ultimately sent the clash to a shoot-out.

It was the Team of Choice who held their nerve to convert all of their spot-kicks while Xoki saw his penalty saved by Engelhardt.

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