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Moses Mabhida Stadium
29/11/2009 15:30

Bradley Ritson of AmaZulu and Byrone Hendricks of Maritzburg United

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Posted: 29 November 2009 Time: 17:52

Just when it seemed that AmaZulu had turned the corner, with back-to-back wins in their last two matches, they slumped to a 1-0 defeat to a 10-man Maritzburg United.

Striker Fadlu Davids made history by becoming the first player to hit the target at the magnificent Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Despite playing at their newly-adopted venue in front of almost 22 000 of their own fans, Usuthu looked disjointed on the day and had only themselves to blame for having nothing to show for their afternoon’s efforts.

They were the livelier team in the first half, with Sibusiso Hadebe, in particular, one of their outstanding players. He had a crack at goals in the second minute, but his effort flew harmlessly past Tashrique Goldman’s goal.

Hadebe was in the thick of the action, and in the 28 minute he pulled clear of Maritzburg’s defence and was darting towards goal when some overzealous jersey-tugging from Peter Petersen brought Hadebe’s run to a grinding halt a few metres away from the danger area.

For his ill discipline, Petersen became the first player to be sent off at this venue.

Coach Neil Tovey tried to capitalise on his team’s numerical advantage by making two quick changes shortly after the break, bringing on attack-minded players Ayanda Dlamini and Stembiso Dlamini, but it was to no avail.

The visitors seemed relatively unaffected by being a man down, easily subduing the home team's attacking intent, and got the decisive goal in the 71st minute during one of their rare attacking forays.

Davids scored when he headed home James Madidilani’s set-piece on target in the 72nd minute.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:48 am
I have no business commenting about what is going down at Amazulu or Maritzburg, but if one looks at yesterday’s game between these 2 team, one would not help but wonder if Tovey as a coach has political agenda or he is a plan soccer coach. That van hirden boy, yeah that left back no talent white boy kept taking set pieces one after the other without any accuracy, in fact, big center backs would push up hoping to nod the ball and boy would just kick the ball way out of play and he was still given almost all set pieces presumable by Tovey… Now if anyone doubted Bafo ‘s statement even though he, Bafo that is, denied ever saying so, please look at yesterday’s game… As for you Mkoko, the racist cap suits and fit you just fine, good for you, you wearing it inside out, but I see you…
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