Watched by IFP chief Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi, after whom the tournament is named, the game didn't disappoint and both sides showed early intentions to whet the appetite in front of a decent turnout in the north of KwaZulu-Natal.
Celtic started the stronger of the sides and were rewarded for their efforts just before half time as Kabelo Mahlasela, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Siwelele, put the home side ahead with a well-placed shot from outside the box.
The former Orlando Pirates youth product continued to dictate terms for Veselin Jelusic’s side. He almost made it two for Celtic late in the second-half when he received a defence-splitting pass from Roggert Nyundu, but goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha this time was aware of the danger and sprinted off his line clear the ball.
For Usuthu, they looked strong on the left channel as Jabulani Ncobeni, who was the star for Thanda Royal Zulu during last season's push for promotion, was posing plenty of problems for the defenders.
However, the Durbanites were unable to find a way back, highlighting coach Joey Antipas’ comments prior to the match about his concerns of a lack of leadership in defence.