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Football | Absa Premiership

Goodman Dlamini © Backpagepix

AmaZulu climb league table



AmaZulu failed to register back-to-back wins in the Absa Premiership when they were held to a 0-0 draw by SuperSport United in a scrappy affair at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Wednesday night.

The match proved to be a tight midfield battle with both sides failing to make use of the few chances they were able to create.

The visitors were almost gifted a chance to take the lead in the eighth minute when Carlington Nyadombo lost the ball to Sameegh Doutie inside the box, but his shot was parried by Tapuwa Kapini, who then recovered quickly to save a follow-up shot from Simba Sithole.

Then in the 17th minute when Goodman Dlamini was brought down by Mor Diouf about 25 yards out, but from the resulting freekick Njabulo Manqana failed to test the goalkeeper, curling his shot over the crossbar.

Two minutes later Usuthu thought they deserved a penalty when Ayanda Dlamini went down on the right side of the box as he shaped up to take a shot, but the referee booked the striker for simulation instead.

The hosts tried to use their flanks to launch attacks at SuperSport and in the 27th minute Thokozani Mshengu managed to shake off his marker on the right, but his cross was too close to Ronwen Williams, who punched to safety.

The final chance of the first half fell for the away side as Edwin Gyimah was given too much room on the right, only for the Ghanaian to send his shot straight at the AmaZulu goalkeeper.

Usuthu then came inches close to taking the lead in the 52nd minute when they were awarded a freekick as Andile Khumalo was brought down by Mogogi Gabonamong, but Thamsanqa Teyise was unlucky to see his effort coming off the foot of the post.

A minute later Gavin Hunt’s men wasted a golden chance at the other end when Sithole broke through on the left before squaring the ball towards Bradley Grobler, but he flashed his header just wide of the near post.

Then SuperSport started to apply pressure on the hosts with Sithole almost profiting from an error Luyanda Hlongwa, but Kapini came off his line like a flash and forced him to miss the target.

A minute later the AmaZulu goalkeeper was called into action again, diving to his left to parry a powerful shot from Franklin Cale.

Craig Rosslee’s side then came close to breaking the deadlock in the 61st minute from a quick break which saw Ayanda Dlamini cutting the ball back for Goodman Dlamini, but somehow he sidefooted his shot wide.

Eight minutes later the action was at the other end as another defensive slip-up allowed Sithole to have a sight of goal, but his low shot was saved by Kapini.

With neither side looking likely to take maximum points, the winning goal did almost arrive in the 87th minute from a setpiece, but Cale’s effort came off the crossbar before Kapini cleared the danger.

The result leaves SuperSport United in 10th place with 21 points, while Usuthu moved one lace up to 15th place with 17 points.

AmaZulu 0

SuperSport United 0

Teams:

AmaZulu: Kapini, Hlongwa, Cele N (Mwedihanga 82’), Nyadombo, Teyise, Madondo (Kgatla 75’), Dlamini G, Manqana, Mshengu, Khumalo (Bhengu 75’), Dlamini A

SuperSport United: Williams, Hlela, Nkausu (September 76’), Doutie, Gyimah, Gabonamong, Kekana, Cale, Diouf, Grobler (Nkoana 65’), Sithole (Zuma 87’)

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