2 - 1
Moses Mabhida Stadium
18/07/2013 20:00

Related News

Related Club News

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...

posted: 06:04 am
Was firing Mancini the right decision for City?
posted: 06:26 am
Ai nxa manchester cows!!
posted: 07:03 am
Has Amazulu changed their kit from Addidas to Kappa?
murphy wale khosi pride n joy
posted: 07:08 am
Mnyangoposted: 07:03 am  |  Report
Has Amazulu changed their kit from Addidas to kappa?
Amazulu,SSU n Wits ke kappa
Tico MP
posted: 08:04 am
only pirates can loose to man city
posted: 08:18 am
Inyoka eluhlazane umabona abulawe.
Usuthu olumabheshu ankone!!!

posted: 08:20 am
Mnyango and Murphy.....no Amazulu have changed their technixal sponsor to Puma.....idiots, really!!!
posted: 08:31 am
only pirates can loose to man city

udakiwe wena
the sky 009
posted: 08:35 am
psl teams are strong
posted: 08:41 am
i am durbanite and i"m happy with the craig is managing the team,maybe a top 8 finish this season is within reach. i also hope manqoba mnqithi can get his act together for arrows to play better and achieve better results
posted: 08:43 am
Calvin Johnson and Craig Roslee seem to be doing very well, hope Roger emulate them.....
posted: 08:46 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

posted: 08:55 am
A good run out for Amazulu, I must admit as a Kaizer Chiefs supporter, there was quite a few Amazulu players that impressed me. In particular, (5) Madondo, deservedly "man of the match".. The boy is a Marvel to watch, in the mould of Negomasha(former Chiefs player).. He was very influencial in midfield and cover defense.. Keep up that good work boy and surely your ambition to represent your Country will present itself to you... Goodluck Madondo... On the other hand, that late City substitute Suarez, wow! What a player too!!! I believe in youth...
posted: 08:58 am
They came all the way to las vegas to lose hahahahha
CHIEF [Ma-Shimis@Khosi]
posted: 09:01 am
When I said we (Chiefs) don't want to play against English Breakfast people thought it was a disrespect, look now even Amuzulu that we harassed with six goals early last season find it easy to chow this English Breakfast mxm.
posted: 09:32 am
Misery? this is just pre season training mos!
posted: 09:45 am
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....
Khosi lami i like Phefeni's line as well " Akuna Bantiu la.....
mr phill
posted: 10:42 am
black & white
posted: 12:04 pm
if they have beaten pirates only whats your problem
posted: 03:29 pm
umsunu kanyokon gold and black rhino
Terms of use:

The comments posted do not reflect the views of KickOff.com. Users are reminded that no misuse of this comment facility will be tolerated. Any abusive, racist, inflammatory, defamatory, discriminatory comments or hate speech will be deleted and the user banned.

If legally obliged we will hand over your information under the Protection of Information Act.

Please report abusive posts to editor@kickoff.com.