Maritzburg crowned KZN champs


Maritzburg United were crowned the winners of the KZN Premier’s Cup following a penalty shoot-out victory over AmaZulu on Sunday after playing to a 2-2 draw in normal time.

A recall for Siphelele Mthembu and Sandile Khumalo featured for Usuthu, while Maritzburg gave new signings Rowan Human, Brandon Theron and captain Phumlani Ntshangase a start.

Human impacted the spell of play following 17 minutes when he played a ball firmly into the path of Richard Zumah, who went on to beat goalkeeper Veli Mothwa with a far corner finish.

The lead lasted only seven minutes as Tapelo Xoki comfortably levelled matters from the penalty spot following a hand ball by Clayton Daniels from a shot by Siyethemba Sithebe.

The Team of Choice restored their advantage five minutes before halftime through a first-time finish at the back-post by Zukile Kewuti following a pin-point cross from the right-side by Theron.

Maritzburg almost surrendered the lead again immediately from the break after Mthembu went close from a loose ball before Sithebe’s powerful strike, but goalkeeper Marcel Engelhardt parried.

Mthembu finally got it right 12 minutes from the restart as he sold Engelhardt the wrong way before going on to slot into an empty net following a precise delivery into space.

Usuthu began to live dangerously again following the middle of the second half after a right-footed curler outside the area by Bongokuhle Hlongwane led Mothwa to a one-hand palm.

It was also the latter’s last involvement as an injury from the aforementioned save saw Jean Amonome come on from the bench.

Maritzburg enjoyed a solid final spell and could’ve regained the lead from a ball in the area, but Hlongwane fluffed a loose pass as the match went to a penalty shoot-out.

The Team of Choice edged the shoo-out following five successful conversions, with Judas Moseamedi netting the final kick whilst Xoki missed one for Usuthu.

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