AmaZulu registered back-to-back victories in the Absa Premiership following a 2-0 win over Stellenbosch FC on Wednesday night.
Steve Barker went with the tried and tested that shocked Orlando Pirates at home, as Michael Morton featured ahead of Butholezwe Ncube for Usuthu.
The latter laid down the intentions, with Andre de Jong drawing the opposite number Boy de Jong to the evening’s first save following a decent strike on seven minutes.
AmaZulu pushed and pushed and duly earned their stripes when Bonginkosi Ntuli slotted home from the penalty spot after a foul in the 18-yard area.
The new boys battled to get into character, opting to form a defensive block on the edge of their defensive area close to halftime.
Usuthu made a change three minutes to the break after Ncube came on for de Jong in the final entry of the field.
Lehlohonolo Majoro pushed for his side’s second 12 minutes in the second half following a delicately placed ball from Siyathemba Sithebe, but de Jong thwarted easily.
Stellies showed more purpose following the interval, but still couldn’t penetrate the home side’s defence despite breaking on a few occasions.
A second injury forced substitution dampened Usuthu’s approach in the 63rd minute as Michael Gumede entered for Philani Gumede.
De Jong came to his side’s aid yet again when he denied Majoro for the second time with an outstretched block from the forward’s right-footed strike off Ntuli’s supply in the final 12 minutes.
Ntuli made the points in the final minute of the match with a comfortable finish from a nicely laid assist from strike partner Majoro, granting the hosts back-to-back wins for the first time this season.
AmaZulu: Mbatha, Morton, P.Gumede, Xoki, Booysen, Maduna, Darpoh, Sithebe, De Jong, Majoro, Ntuli.
Subs: Boshoff, M.Gumede, Khumalo, Ncube, Ncobeni, Vilakazi, Karuru.
Stellenbosch: De Jong, Mobbie, Van Heerden, De Goede, Mthethwa, Johannes, Zungu, Bergman, Moroole, Isaacs, Rayners.