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AmaZulu beat Manchester City in the Nelson Mandela Football Invitational match

Posted: 18 July 2013 Time: 22:17

Carlington Nyadombo converted a penalty with two minutes remaining to secure AmaZulu a famous 2-1 victory against Manchester City in the Football Invitational at Moses Mabhida on Thursday night.

The former English champions had dominated after James Milner had cancelled out Bongani Ndulula’s opener, but they leave with their tails between the legs after losing both matches – the other against SuperSport United – on their South African tour.

After a slow start, City had the first shot at goal through a Samir Nasri free-kick, but Tapuwa Kapini did brilliantly with a low save to his right to tip the ball around the post.

The visitors dominated possession in the early stages but, on 20 minutes and against the run of play, Usuthu took the lead. We may have been celebrating Nelson Mandela’s birthday, but it was Ndulula who got the present when he beat goalkeeper Joe Hart to Alexander Kolarov’s woeful backpass and slotted into the empty net.

City were looking shaky at the back throughout the first half but kept asking questions going forward, so the equaliser six minutes later came as no surprise. Yaya Toure headed on Scott Sinclair’s looped cross, with Milner adding the finishing touches with a fierce volley from the tightest of angles.

Manuel Pellegrini’s team dominated after that, with Fernandinho’s driving skimming the top of the net, before Kapini did brilliantly to deny Nasri one-on-one.

Micah Richards had another chance just before the halftime whistle but he mistimed a free header from a corner, meaning the two sides whet into the break level at 1-1.

Predictably there were a spate of substitutions at the break but, if anything, the intensity of the game – and City in particular – increased.

Jack Rodwell had two chances in quick succession: replacement goalie Aubrey Mathibe saving down low from the edge of the box, before the former Everton midfielder found the side-netting; Dzeko instrumental in both moves.

On the hour-mark, Dzeko himself was denied by some more Mathibe magic – the keeper making a reflex save from close range after Nasri played a sublime through-ball.

After that the chances dried up though. Scott Sinclair fired across the face of goal when Rodwell was better played, while at the other end new signing Nkosinathi Mthiyane skewed the ball horribly wide after being set up by Ayanda Dlamini.

Dlamini himself fired over in the dying stages before the host were awarded a penalty with two minutes remaining for a foul on Mark van Heerden, with Nyadombo doing the business from the spot.

So two out of two defeats for City, but they will know that their objective of match fitness and game-time had been achieved.

AmaZulu starting XI: Kapini – Teyise, Macala, Msekeli, Hlanti – G Dlamini, Madondo, Madubanya, Zondi, Manqana – Ndulula

Manchester City starting XI: Hart – Richards, Kompany, Nastasic, Kolarov – Milner, Toure, Sinclair, Fernandinho – Nasri – Dzeko

Previous comments on this story...

Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 10:21 pm
Man City has Beaten Orlando Pirates Only in Africa...
Orlando Pirates won't win Any Title under the Leadership of Roger Di Sa.
Love & Peace.
Lady Goldilight
posted: 10:23 pm
After watching this game I can say that Chiefs made a good choice by loaning Ngcobo.

After watching this game I can also say that I'm proud of both SSU and Amazulu for representing the country. I love Man City, but South African clubs always come first to me.

MADONDO IS A MIDFIELD GENIUS. HE MUST COME TO CHIEFS. BOBBY PLEASE SIGN HIM.
Fashion4(K4L)
posted: 10:26 pm
great game. well done Amazulu.
murphy wale khosi pride n joy
posted: 10:29 pm
"I will do my talking on the pitch"Knowledge musona jersey number 11
eemz
posted: 10:29 pm
city wl b competitive in d epl,thy jus testing waters here in sa wit their new coach.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 10:31 pm
This is why I don't bother watching English football...

Mxm..... are these guys really earning bo ma £100 000 a week...? Are these guys really worth bo ma £20 000 000....? Mxm....!!

Our superior technical play will always be our strength in SA... if only that aspect can be emphasised more by our coaches.... not only when we play lamatrackere from overseas....

Amazulu were outstanding...!

Phefeni borrow me your line......

Akuna Bantu la....
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:31 pm
I heard Bongani Ndulula scored seven minutes into the game. Thank goodness he has left Cowlando Gorilla-rats .they attempted to murder his career by benchin him for awful cows like mbuyane,takesure and Mabena. He is set to flourish at amazulu. This goal will surely lift him.
murphy wale khosi pride n joy
posted: 10:31 pm
Madondo eish wat a classic player eish bobsteak pls do sumthn we need de boy
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:37 pm
I still dont understand why Poppy is not trying to sign Madondo of Amazulu. Yeye is declining badly and we still need depth in that midfield. Lets sell yeye to Sunclowns and sign Madondo instead. Madondo even destroyed zandile jali and ouma manyisa!!! Madondo is the perfect investment for chiefs in the long run. He and baloyi will be formidable together. if we get madondo and a central defender,then we will resurrect operation:Vat Alles 2 for next season. Wel even win the star.
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )
posted: 10:39 pm
Madondo,Musona and a central defender are the only signings we need. We will be sorted for sure. We should also promote Philani Cele , he is a damn good talent.
back berry 9320
posted: 10:47 pm
Ndulula is better than Cowsuma,Cowbester,cowjuju,Cowbacela combination. It a pirty this boy didn't gv much game time
khosification Throughout
posted: 10:48 pm
Lol chiefs fans are serious about this madondo boy
murphy wale khosi pride n joy
posted: 11:00 pm
Ae man city bt de way their coach is in de same level as roger de sa.....mxm nye nye only de team hu got the star on top of de bedge are those 1 hu won de champions league...man city never won de champions league bt thy got 3 stars so stars on top of ur bedge doesn't mean ur de best but wen ur cabinet is full of cups dat means ur de best
Murenzu Wa Lekhosi
posted: 11:00 pm
Man City will win EPL, the last time they had preseason in Mzansi they won their domestic league, everytime Man United comes to SA, they win EPL
\"CHAMP\\\" DjScratch
posted: 11:21 pm
Til this day im still confused at why Pirates sold Drogba and bought Mbesuma!
Is Bacela a better striker than Ndulula?
Is Bester a better striker than Ndulula?
Ruud Krol was grooming this boy to take over that number 9 role mara he was sacked, im still convinced that if Krol stayed at Tahiti fc then Ndulula would be in Europe now!
K4L
genevive
posted: 11:58 pm
And some ppl wil claim tht our league is weak mxm viva psl viva
genevive
posted: 12:04 am
Frank White (The Khosi Extremist )posted: 10:37 pm  |  Report
I still dont understand why Poppy is not trying to sign Madondo of Amazulu. Yeye is declining badly and we still need depth in that midfield. Lets sell yeye to Sunclowns and sign Madondo instead. Madondo even destroyed zandile jali and ouma manyisa!!! Madondo is the perfect investment for chiefs in the long run. He and baloyi will be formidable together. if we get madondo and a central defender,then we will resurrect operation:Vat Alles 2 for next season. Wel even win the star
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Eish khosi yeye is slowly running out of steam and boby doesn't see this, we need someone hu will give yeye a serious competition not nkosi or dladla they are both madalas we need two talented midfielders to give shaba and yeye a competition
ratanda (bucs 2nd star)
posted: 12:18 am
Gold and dumb rhino

Man City has Beaten Orlando Pirates Only in Africa...
Orlando Pirates won't win Any Title under the
Leadership of Roger Di Sa.
Love & Peace.







Corrections: wena sdididi pirates were the 1st team to beat man city

Every south african team that have played against man city have beaten them they've only managed a 0-0 draw against chiefs
KhosiFaithful
posted: 12:51 am
Well done Amazulu!!
Sandile031
posted: 06:02 am
Will this coach last?That's the big question.
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