Chippa United stun AmaZulu

Chippa United brushed aside AmaZulu 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The victory takes the Chilli Boys to seventh spot on the league standings, while Usuthu remain 13th on the table.

Usuthu did most of the attacking in the opening stages of the match as they searched for an early goal against the Chilli Boys.

Sduduzo Dlamini was unfortunate not to break the deadlock for the hosts when his left-footed strike hit the woodwork with Chippa goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo well beaten.

The home side was combining well in the Chippa half as they looked to unlock the visitors' defence which was marshalled by James Okwuosa.

Jabulani Ncobeni set up Usuthu's top goalscorer, Rhulani Manzini, who has scored five league goals, and the latter's effort was blocked inside the Chilli Boys box.

The visitors nearly broke the deadlock just after the half-hour mark when Zaphaniah Mbokoma cut inside, before unleashing a thunderous shot which narrowly missed the target.

The last chance of the first-half fell for Kurt Lentjies in the 43rd minute, but the Chippa midfielder was brilliantly denied by AmaZulu keeper Ernegy Murambadoro from a one-on-one situation.

The score was 0-0 between AmaZulu and Chippa at the interval following a lively first-half in the city of Durban.

Chippa broke the deadlock seven minutes after the restart when Linda Mntambo netted with a thunderous long-range effort to make it 1-0 to away side.

It was soon 2-0 to Chippa when Mntambo, who was making his debut for the visitors, beat former Bidvest Wits keeper Murambadoro from close range in the 63rd minute.

Usuthu launched attacks in the closing stages of the match, but the Chilli Boys defended in numbers as they looked to preserve their two-goal lead.

But Mhlongo was called into action in the 90th minute and he produced a world class save to deny AmaZulu striker Mhlengi Cele.

Ultimately, Chippa emerged 2-0 winners over AmaZulu, who were unable to grab a late consolation goal in the latter stages of the game.

AmaZulu (0)

Chippa (0) 2 (Mntambo 52', 63')

AmaZulu: Murambadoro, Sikhakhane, Mabiliso, Gumede M, Nyongo, Ncube, Morton (Khenyeza 71'), Dlamini S (Ramphele 66'), Ncobeni, Karuru, Manzini (Cele 55').

Chippa: Mhlongo, Modisane, Mako, Konqobe, Okwuosa, Mabaso, Mntambo, Lenjties (Mdlinzo 57'), Mbokoma, Mahola (Rakhale 60'), Macuphu (Mashego 75').