Ntuli rescues point for Usuthu

Aces had taken the lead through Thanduyise Khuboni’s penalty before Bongi Ntuli equalised for Usuthu.

It was the visitors AmaZulu that started the match with a high intensity and threatened to score first as Goodman Dlamini took his first shot as early as the second minute of the match.

Amazayoni’s experienced Collins Mbesuma started getting into gear as he tested Usuthu’s goalkeeper but found him in a good position in the 16th minute.

Aces came close to opening the scoring as Mbesuma dribbled the Usuthu defence before finding Khuboni whose shot was denied by Ouro Akoriko on the goal-line.

Both teams looked determined to find the back of the net but both goalkeepers were alert as the match went to half-time at 0-0.

In the second half it was AmaZulu again that showed more attacking intent as Robyn Johannes took a long-shot at goal, but it went wide.

A few minutes after that Energy Murambadoro made a good save to deny Mbesuma a goal.

Aces' break finally came in the 80th minute when Dino Ndlovu was brought down in the box by Mbulelo Mabizela and Khuboni made no mistake as he took Aces to a 1-0 lead.

When all seemed impossible, substitutes Bongani Ndulula and Philani Shange never gave up as they continued to attack for the visitors.

And just four minutes after going behind they were rewarded as they found Ntuli unmarked inside the box and he tapped the ball home to earn Usuthu a point.

The last chance for Aces came in additional time when Ndlovu’s shot went just inches away from the left-hand upright.