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  • 06 March 2013
  • • 19:30
  • • Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
  • Referee: Z. Mthetho
  • • Attendance: 1500

AmaZulu1-0 Platinum Stars: Manqana clinches victory in injury time

AmaZulu1-0 Platinum Stars: Manqana clinches victory in injury time

AmaZulu took a giant leap in their quest for survival when they beat high-flying Platinum Stars in Durban last night

Njabulo Manqana brought back joy for Usuthu in the additional five minutes of injury time with a goal from inside the box. Whilst most fans had given up, substitute Kagiso Senamela supplied a great pass to Manqana who finished it well. It was a pass that came from Senamela inside the box that saw Usuthu claiming all three points.

AmaZulu came to this match full of confidence but it was Platinum Stars that were desperate for a win after playing two draws in a row.

In the 16th minute Thuso Phala came close into registering his name in the score sheet after dribbling through the Usuthu defenders, but unfortunately his shot hit the right post. In the 25th minute AmaZulu made a comeback which was nearly nearly awarded when Goodman Dlamini supplied a cross to Ayanda Dlamini who headed it above the goal post.

Thuso Phala kept trying his moves down the right wing, but had no chance as Marc van Heerden kept a close eye on him. In the last five minutes before the first half Usuthu tried entering the box, but to no success as Stars defender, Benson Mhongo covered well. In the additional two minutes Stars came close to scoring when Mkhabela’s bicycle kick hit the goal post once again.

In the second half AmaZulu looked a better team. Khulekani Madondo tried his luck, but again the Stars defence denied it. In the 60th minute Stars came close to scoring when Mbatha's strike nearly saw him in the books in just less than five minutes after coming in for Tshabalala. His shot was beaufifully tipped away by Kapini who was also well positioned.

Coach Craig Rosslee saw that Joseph Malongoane was not giving him much and he brought in Thokozani Mshengu. In the 80th minute van Heerden dribbled everyone in the midfield, carrying the ball inside the box only to hit the cross bar. After that AmaZulu started showing some sense of emergency as they attacked more.

In the dying minutes of the match Usuthu came strong with Van Heerden initiating most of the moves in the middle of the park. Unfortunately for Platinum there was nothing much that they could offer and Usuthu walked away with another win.