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27/08/2013 19:30

Zwane wins it for Aces at the death

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.

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