AmaZulu FC 2-1 Stellenbosch FC: Majoro-inspired Usuthu leapfrog Kaizer Chiefs
Lehlohonolo Majoro, AmaZulu FC, January 2021
Major was very influential for the KwaZulu-Natal giants as they registered their second successive win and he was named Man of the Match

AmaZulu FC came back to defeat Stellenbosch FC 2-1 in a PSL match which was played at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Friday evening.

The deadlock was broken by Marc van Heerden to hand Stellies the lead, but goals from Bonginkosi Ntuli and Lehlohonolo 'Major' Majoro earned Usuthu the victory. 

Usuthu were determined to win two matches in a row in the league for the first time since November 2019 having brushed aside Baroka FC 2-0 away last weekend.

Thembela Sikhakhane made his return to the starting line-up with coach Benni McCarthy making one change to the team which took on Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele in Limpopo. 

Meanwhile, Stellies were hoping to snap their four-match winless run in the league having been held to a 0-0 draw by Kaizer Chiefs at home last weekend.

McCarthy's counter-part, Steve Barker, made two changes to the team which faced Amakhosi as Granwald Scott and Jayden Adams were recalled to the starting line-up. 

Stellies got off to a bright start with Adams and Dean van Rooyen unleashing shots which went inches wide of the target, but the visitors were vulnerable at the back.

Robyn Johannes nearly scored an own goal when the Stellenbosch captain deflected Majoro's cross onto the crossbar and the visitors cleared their lines. 

This served as a wake-up call for Stellies and they managed to open the scoring through Van Heerden, who came back to haunt his former side.

Stanley Dimgba's quality cross from the right was fired home by Van Heerden at the far post to make it 1-0 to Stellenbosch three minutes before the half-hour mark. 

Usuthu then took control the match with Majoro and Ntuli bulling the Stellies defence and parity was restored four minutes before the half-time break.

The ball fell kindly for Ntuli in the box following a powerful run by Majoro and the former hit the back of the net with an exquisite finish to make it 1-1 heading into the half-time break. 

AmaZulu got off to the perfect start in the second-half as Majoro scored from a rebound to make it 2-1 to the hosts in the 46th minute after the experienced player's initial shot had been blocked.

Attacker Leletu Skelem, who scored for Stellies as they drew 1-1 with Usuthu last season, was introduced by Barker on the hour-mark as the visitors looked to restore parity.

Defensive midfielder Butholezwe Ncube was also introduced on the hour-mark as McCarthy refreshed AmaZulu's midfield with the hosts looking to hold on to their lead.

Usuthu then began defending too deep and this allowed Stellies to attack in numbers in the later stages of the encounter. 

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Stellenbosh failed to penetrate the hosts' resolute defence and ultimately, AmaZulu emerged 2-1 winners after containing the visitors. 

The victory saw AmaZulu climb up to seventh place on the league standings - leapfrogging Kaizer Chefs, who will face Orlando Pirates on Saturday, while Usuthu are set to take on Bloemfontein Celtic on February 2.

While Stellenbosch remained 10th on the table and they are scheduled to square off with Mamelodi Sundowns in the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match on February 3.