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Harry Gwala
21/08/2012 19:30

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Match report: AmaZulu lose 2-0 to Maritzburg United

Posted: 21 August 2012 Time: 21:37

After their 6-0 loss to Kaizer Chiefs earlier this month, AmaZulu suffered a second successive loss when they were beaten 2-0 by KwaZulu-Natal rivals Maritzburg United.

A second defeat is certainly not the response coach Roger Palmgren would have been looking for after the opening Premiership weekend.

The Team of Choice were deserved winners, with both goals coming from Cuthbert Malajila, who appears to be carrying on with the good form he showed at the end of last season.

Some nerves in the AmaZulu defence almost cost them dearly early on, as goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela gifted the ball straight to Malajila with a poor pass, but the Zimbabwean was unable to find the target from a tight angle.

AmaZulu struggled to find any kind of rhythm in open play, with their tactic of looking for lone striker Sifiso Vilakazi with long balls failing to trouble Maritzburg's defence.

However, Vilakazi did have a decent chance on 16 minutes when he got on the end of a free-kick from Prince Hlela but he headed over the bar.

Two minutes later the hosts threatened to open the scoring when a well-placed Delron Buckley cross allowed Malajila to set up Mthokozisi Yende with a shooting chance, but the on-loan Kaizer Chiefs midfielder pulled his effort wide of the mark.

The only shot on target in the first half came in the 33rd minute from AmaZulu right-back Tsweu Mokoro, a dipping long range effort that bounced awkwardly in front of United goalkeeper Shu-aib Walters and deflected to safety off his shoulder.

Both sides made attacking substitutions at the start of the second half. Maritzburg withdrew David Booysen and put on Orlando Smeekes, while Usuthu brought on Ayanda Dlamini in place of Stanley Kgatla, who seemed to be struggling with an injury toward the end of the first stanza.

On 65 minutes Maritzburg finally got the breakthrough their superior play deserved.

Buckley worked his way into a shooting position and tested Mzimela with a low drive – the goalkeeper kept the ball out, but Malajila reacted quickest to the rebound to score his first goal of the season.

And his second followed just 12 minutes later, as the striker sprung the offside trap, raced onto a through ball from Yende, and coolly chipped the ball past the on-rushing goalkeeper to find the back of the net via the inside of the upright.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:20 pm
NFD is w8n for Usuthu...
posted: 12:17 am
no wonder the zebras walloped them
posted: 05:14 am
Yende is performing maybe the pressure was weighing down his performance @Chiefs
Finidi_(A Khosi By Choice)
posted: 07:10 am
It would be a shame to see Amazulu, a team with such rich history being demoted to the lower division. Im not writing their obituary already but if their start is anything to go by then the alarm bells should start ringing. Hopefully they'll turn the corner come next games. KHOSI RISING.
posted: 07:14 am
Cuthbert "Gaddafi" Malajila, Kingston Nkhatha, Brian Abbas Amidu, Khama Billiat, watch out for Zimbos this season
Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 07:39 am
Real its a fact that if Management of Amazulu doesn't do anything about the performance of players and technical stuff, the team is going down no doubt about that. Rodger Palmgren is sitting on that bench with one side of his bum.
El Kampion
posted: 07:40 am
FACT: Amazulu is a weak team, teams should celebrate much when beating this team but knowing our lousy noisy neigbours,they are still celebrating...mxm,weak teams beating weak Amazulu
thuth teller
posted: 07:51 am
ncooh shame,poor Amazulu are still traumatised by i six pack.SASH 'STHUPHA.
mara babuyile o Ben 10
Phantom of Orlando
posted: 08:18 am
Usuthu becoming an ATM seems even the weakest teams are collecting points so what was the noise from next door FOUR.
posted: 08:34 am
Change de name!!! AmaZulu wat de fack is dat
Sthathe Africa (Conquer the Continent)
posted: 08:35 am
Usuthu: You heading down the wrong turn!!! ayihamba leyondlela (Early Relegation candidates). If Chiefs could play AmaZulu every weekend-they will win the League-something they have'nt done in 7 years!! Hahahahahahahahahahah!!! IN 7 YEARS COUSINS, 7 YEARS!! No League, before that back2back they went 12 years with a League,,,,,talk about being the most successful team in SA.....!!!
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 08:46 am
Chiefs what have you done mara....eish eish eish.
posted: 09:04 am
I blame Chiefs for this, the boys are still traumatised after the 6 pack. I hope they recover soon and return to their normal state of play.
posted: 09:21 am
Usuthu will win the Absa Premiership...
posted: 10:00 am
mbombela fc fans wil celebr8 their victory against u for the whole season.

its the only thing they wil celebr8 this season
Theo wale khozi
posted: 10:23 am
Can some1 pls cal de amazulu dat ware playing with man united during de preseason coz that amazulu is no longer here in S.A or at lest de 1 dat ware in PSL last season
posted: 10:31 am
If zebras can wallop Usuthu which team cannot wallop them? I mean Maritzburg could have also scored 6 had it not been their poor finishing...now tell me why can't we hear the loud noise from Maritzburg suppoters? Louzy and useless zebras and Bobby's dogs who helped him in Mbombela...
posted: 12:19 pm
im not surprised, they were busy slaughtering cows kwanongoma during pre-season..
posted: 10:51 pm
Its still early days. The guys need to regroup
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