Baroka fall to Usuthu on home soil

Premiership

Baroka FC slipped to a fourth successive Absa Premiership loss after falling to a 1-0 defeat to AmaZulu on Sunday afternoon.

Siyabonga Mbatha made a welcome return for Usuthu in goal as did Lehlohonolo Majoro up front, whilst Baroka gave a start to Kamohelo Mogashwa and Kambala as their key changes.

Majoro closed in to the opener within four minutes after eliminating space from a corner to head on target, but Elvis Chipezeze went equal to the task.

Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele followed up the visitors response towards the 20th minute mark with a penetrative ball into the area, but Mbatha smothered the ball of Martin Nsimbi’s grasp.

The momentum stayed with the hosts afterwards as Usuthu struggled to carve out decent openings, however the half ended even stevens.

Usuthu made a fast start to the second period when Bonginkosi Ntuli send Chipezeze the wrong way from the spot after Nsimbi was caught handling Majoro’s shot in the area.

Gerald Phiri Junior aimed to level three minutes later after lining up for a free-kick, but the Malawian failed to trouble Mbatha as the attempt flew over the top.

A balancing contest ensued towards the final quarter, as strong challenges particularly across the middle of the park reigned forth on either end of the scale.

The first substitution of the evening came from the visitors inside the 66th minute as Majoro made way for Jabulani Ncobeni.

Baroka looked for a strong finish towards the final minutes, but Tshidiso Patjie and Collins Makgaka in particular fired blanks from clear-cut openings.

The KwaZulu Natal-based side maintained pressure to pick up their second win of the campaign, demoting Bakgaga to the bottom three in the process.

Teams:

Baroka: Chipezeze, Kamogelo, Shozi, Ntswane, Ngubane, Mbulu, Phiri Jnr, Kambala, Patjie, Ntsimba, Mdantsane.

Subs: Dlamini, Makume, Mosele, Madondo, Mongae, Farmer, Makgaka.

AmaZulu: Mbatha, Morton, Booysen, P.Gumede, Xoki, Maduna, Darpoh, Sithebe, Ncube, Majoro, Ntuli.

Subs: Boshoff, M.Gumede, Khumalo, Madela, Ncobeni, De Jong, Cele.

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