Cuthbert Malajila scored the solitary goal that saw Mamelodi Sundowns defeat AmaZulu 1-0 in their Absa Premiership encounter at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Tuesday. The home side, who are rooted to the bottom of the Premiership table, came out showing some attacking flare as they had the bulk of the chances early on from Thabiso Dlamini and a free kick from Marc Van Heerden. Steve Barker’s men showed their intentions early on as their midfield and defence collaborated well and stayed tight to stop their opposition from breaching their line.
The Brazilians did get a shot off when Khama Billiat found himself in some space and fired a shot at goal but his shot was closed down. However their best chance of the half came in the 33rd minute when Kuda Mahachi picked the pocket of an AmaZulu defender and firmly struck a shot from outside the box but it just fizzed past the post as both sides went into the half-time break goalless. Usuthu started the second as they did the first with an early opportunity through Thabiso Dlamini who latched onto a corner but could only send his shot over the cross bar.
In the 54th minute the defending champions took the lead when Malajila ran on to a deflected Mahachi pass and fired home the goal to give his side a 1-0 lead. The hosts were not going to give up and went in search of the equaliser. Despite having the bulk of the possession in the closing minutes the Durban-based side were not able to find a way through the Downs defence.
The visitors on the other hand were working tirelessly to keep the so-called minnows at bay while looking to increase their lead too. The KwaZulu-Natal outfit were putting up a fight nonetheless as they still looked for an equaliser and they had a great chance when Ayanda Dlamini found himself in some space as he thought he only had the keeper to beat but he was ruled to be offside. They came even closer when Bongi Ntuli made contact with a Van Heerden corner but his shot was sent over the cross bar as they went down 1-0 to Pitso Mosimane’s men.