MATCH CENTRE

SAT 19 AUGUST 2017, 15:00, KING ZWELITHINI STADIUM

1
VS
0

AmaZulu edge out Free State Stars

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Sat August 19, 17:15

AmaZulu overcame Free State Stars 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Saturday.

As a result, Usuthu marked their return to the elite league with a victory thanks to captain Tapelo Nyongo's well taken penalty.

Usuthu suffered a blow just 13 minutes into the match as their new signing Sadat Ouro-Akoriko was red-carded.

The giant Togolese international was sent for a dangerous tackle on Stars centre forward Allen Nono.

Nono, who hails from Gabon, was replaced by debutant Siphelele Mthembu 11 minutes later due to an injury.

Despite being one man short, Usuthu played good football - pushing forward as they looked to break the deadlock.

AmaZulu managed to contain Stars until the match referee blew the half-time break and the score was at half-time.

Stars pressed AmaZulu after the restart as they looked to break the deadlock, but the home side were dangerous on the counter-attack.

The visitors also lost a man in the late stages of the match as Sifiso Mbhele was red carded for a dangerous tackle on Thembela Sikhakhane.

AmaZulu winger Ovidy Karuru was then brought down in the Stars box and the referee did not hestitate to point on the penalty spot.

Tapelo Nyongo converted from the from spot-kick in the 87th minute and AmaZulu emerged 1-0 winners.


AmaZulu (0) 1 (Nyongo 87')
FS Stars (0) 0

AmaZulu: Pule, Mtsweni, Ouro-Akoriko, Sikhakhane, Nyongo, Morton, Darpoh, Zungu (Mngqibisa 67'), Karuru, Ramphele (L.Dlamini 79'), Khenyeza.

FS Stars: Sangare, Masehe, Mahamutsa, Mbhele, Jantjie, Mashego, Teyise, Vilakazi, Venter, Dlamini (Hlubi 59'), Nono (Mthembu 24').

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH KING ZWELITHINI STADIUM
AMAZULU GOALS FREE STATE STARS GOALS
27. Tapelo Nyongo (87')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2 1
AMAZULU STARTING LINEUP FREE STATE STARS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31
Goalkeeper
23
Defender
13'
13
Defender
28
Defender
36
Defender
78'
19
Defender
87'
27
Midfielder
59'
26
24
20
Midfielder
79'
7
Midfielder
50
Midfielder
4
Midfielder
40'
5
Midfielder
67'
15
Midfielder
45'
11
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
37
Midfielder
33
Forward/Striker
24'
9
Forward/Striker
2
Forward/Striker
8
SUBSTITUTIONS
Vukile Mngqibisa
Defender
67'
37
Allen Dorian Nono
Forward/Striker
24'
9
Lungelo Dlamini
Defender
79'
3
Sibusiso Hlubi
Midfielder
59'
17
CARDS
Sedat Ouro-Akoriko
Defender
13'
13
Paulus Masehe
Midfielder
40'
5
Sinethemba Jantjie
Midfielder
45'
11
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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