Thembela Sikhakhane of AmaZulu and Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United go for the ball during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between AmaZulu and Maritzburg United at King Zwelithini Stadium, Durban on 12 September 2017 © Steve Haag/BackpagePix
Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 22:00
AmaZulu and Maritzburg United drew 1-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday.
Usuthu remain eighth on the league standings, while the Team of Choice also remain at the top of the table following a draw in the KwaZulu-Natal Derby.
AmaZulu shot-stopper Boalefa Pule was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first-half as Maritzburg pressed the hosts.
The former South Africa youth international produced a brilliant save to deny Pogiso Sanoka, who nearly scored in the 12th minute.
Mohau Mokate, the Maritzburg striker, had a chance to hand his side the lead with the half-hour mark approaching.
However, a last ditch tackle denied him as Usuthu continued to contain the Team of Choice, who were looking for their third successive league win.
The score was 0-0 at the interval after AmaZulu captain Tapelo Nyongo and his troops stood firm at the back in the first-half.
Usuthu played much better in the second-half, but the hosts found it difficult to penetrate the Team of Choice defence.
Cavin Johnson, the Usuthu coach, decided to introduce Mhlengi Cele, who scored 19 goals for Thanda Royal Zulu last season, in the 66th minute.
However, it was the visitors, who took lead through Mohau Mokate, who netted to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg in the 79th minute.
Usuthu never lost hope in the closing stages of the match as they launched late attacks in search of an equalizing goal.
Cele proved to be AmaZulu's hero as he netted with a good header in the 88th minute and the match ended in a 1-1 draw.
AmaZulu (0) 1 (Cele 88')
Maritzburg (0) 1 (Mokate 79')
AmaZulu: Pule, Mtshweni, Sikhakhane, Nyongo, Morton, Darpoh, Mbatha (L.Dlamini 85'), Karuru (Karuru 72'), Nomvethe, Manzini, Khenyeza (Cele 66').
Marizburg: Ofori, Fransman (Van Wyk 70'), Sanoka, Xulu, Weidlich, Makaringe (Shandu 46'), Rusike, Maboe, Mekoa, Mokate, Ndlovu (Kunene 46').