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AmaZulu Mpumalanga Black Aces Premier Soccer League

Posted: 27 August 2013 Time: 19:07

Themba Zwane scored in injury-time as Mpumalanga Black Aces beat Amazulu 2-1 at the Princess Magogo Stadium for their first win back in the top-flight.

Omar Hendricks's first half screamer had given Aces the lead, only for Bongi Macala to cancel it out with eight minutes remaining before Zwane's late heroics.

Mabhuti Khenyeza caused a lot of problems for the Usuthu defence early on, having one shot deflected and another pushed wide insider the opening 10 minutes.

And the pressure eventually told on 19 minutes when Hendricks fired an unstoppable shot beyond Aubrey Mathibe from a long way out after dispossessing Sadney Urikhob.

Mathibe made up for it on 26 minutes with two brilliant saves to keep his side in the game; first diving to his right to keep out Khenyeza’s effort, before stopping a follow-up effort from Onyekachi Okonkwo.

The visitors had another great chance to extend their lead in the 44th minute when Thabo Qalinge ran onto a pass from Khenyeza inside the box, but his goal-bound shot was deflected wide by Marc van Heerden.

AmaZulu came back in the second half with more determination, but substitute Mohammed-Awal Issah was stopped in his tracks by Bafana Nhlapo as he tried to get to the end of a great pass from Kulegani Madondo.

Another sub, Nkosinathi Mthiyane, then sent his shot over the crossbar in the 73rd minute, while his low cross was grabbed by Nhlapo before it could reach Sthembiso Ngcobo six minutes later.

The equaliser arrived in the 82nd minute from the home side’s best move of the match when Bongani Ndulula found Ngcobo, who then set up Macala to fire home from the right side of the box.

However, it wasn’t to be for Craig Rosslee’s side as Aces caught them out in the second minute of added time; Khenyeza forced a low save from Mathibe at the near post, but Zwane was on hand to bury the rebound.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:19 pm
Aces has a strong team
posted: 07:36 pm
Aces must collect three points here
posted: 07:44 pm
Strong team both Coacheas nid tu play with a carefull systeam
The Best One
posted: 09:40 pm
"we must beat small teams".now which 1 is da small team?talk is cheap
posted: 09:40 pm
Sundowns b team
El Kampion
posted: 09:45 pm
Chiefs to protest Aces's win....
posted: 09:45 pm
Congratulations aces
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 09:48 pm
Mr O'Connor you said you have to beat the so called small teams mos,congrats to The Doggg
1937 bucs
posted: 05:57 am
well done aces I hope dis Ur not visiting psl Ur here to stay
posted: 07:10 am
Amazayoni! The pride of Mpumalanga you made us proud. Keep up the good work.
like it 4da Pirates
posted: 07:11 am
serves right for over confident Roslee just because he got lucky to win against bus he thought he was on fire
posted: 08:42 am
Rosslee ,yr team look tired special mrc van heerden and give sthembiso ngcobo 90 minute,not left on bench mvalo, yesterday yr backline not well organised through absent of mvalo,rossle u responsible the loss of the team last night through first eleven is not good.
posted: 09:04 am
Ao banna... Sthembiso Ngcobo is still failing to make a starting line-up even at Amazulu... Remember this dude used to be regarded as one of the quality player at Nazoorena! Bucs4eva
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