Goals from Bonginkosi Ntuli and Butholezwe Ncube helped AmaZulu return to winning ways as they beat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in the Premier Soccer League (PSL) on Sunday afternoon.
To complete the first round of PSL matches, Siwelele hosted Usuthu at Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium as they looked to close 2019 with a bang. Heading to the clash, they were still licking their wounds from their 5-3 loss to Kaizer Chiefs.
O the other hand, the visitors went to the Free State province on the back of a big announcement on Saturday where they released midfielder Ovidy Karuru.
Coach Jozef Vukusic's troops were looking for a win after playing to a goalless draw against Black Leopards.
After starting on a high, there were no clear cut chances for the home side in the opening 10 minutes of the match.
However, it was Siphelele Luthuli who broke the deadlock with an assist from experienced Lucky Baloyi in the 30th minute.
With coach Vukusic’s men fighting for an equalizer before the end of the opening stanza, their efforts were rewarded on the stroke of the interval.
It was Ntuli who made it 1-1 with four minutes to go when he finished off Sphesihle Maduna’s assist and they both headed to the tunnel level pegging.
In the second stanza, coach Lehlohonolo Seema introduced Maloisane Ramasimong for Tebogo Potsane in search of their second goal.
However, it was Usuthu who grabbed their second goal through Ncube in the 63rd minute following brilliant play from Siyethemba Sithebe.
Seema also decided to substitute Baloyi, introducing Mpusana Tani with 19 minutes to go but his changes could not yield the desired results.
On the other hand, the Slovakian boss also made changes to his side, taking off Talent Chawapiwa for Mbongeni Gumede in the 75th minute, but there were no goals as it ended in a draw.
Resulting from the win for the Durban-based club, Usuthu move to number 12 with 16 points from 15 matches whilst the hosts occupy the ninth spot with 17 points from 14 games.