Usuthu claim victory over Ajax

An own goal from Siyanda Zwane condemned Ajax Cape Town to a 2-1 Absa Premiership defeat away to AmaZulu at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Umlazi on Tuesday evening.

Usuthu opened the scoring through Mhlengi Cele before Rodrick Kabwe hit home an equalizer for the visitors. The Urban Warriors, though, were denied a point as Zwane put the ball into the back of Jody February's goal to leave the Cape club winless on the road this season.

The game got off to rather cagey start with the first shot in anger falling to Ovidy Karuru in the 22nd minute. The Zimbabwean beat his marker at the far post, but could only succeed in slicing his resulting shot wide.

Siyabonga Mbatha was then called into action at the opposite end of the pitch with the goalkeeper showing superb reflexes to keep out Yannick Zakri's header from close range.

The half ended in a flurry with Mabhuti Khenyeza sending his header attempt over the crossbar, but despite a lot of promise the half ended goalless.

The game finally sparked into life following the break and AmaZulu hit the front in the 50th minute as Cele guided a low shot into the back of the net following a powerful run.

Ajax Cape Town hit straight back with an unstoppable left-footed free-kick from Kabwe on the hour mark.

The goal breathed new life into the Urban Warriors and Grant Margeman was unlucky not give them the lead soon after as Phumlani Gumede cleared his goal-bound shot from danger with Mbatha beaten.

Tashreeq Morris then failed to convert from close range before AmaZulu hit back with a sucker punch as Zwane chested the ball past his own shot-stopper in the 75th minute.

Kabwe went close to completing his brace with another rocket free-kick, but the woodwork denied the Zambian.

In the end, Muhsin Ertugral's troops ran out of steam as they remain in the relegation zone with five games remaining. AmaZulu climb up to 10th.

AmaZulu 2

Cele 50' ; Zwane 75' [OG]

Ajax Cape Town 1

Kabwe 60'

AmaZulu: S.Mbatha; M.Gumede (Nyongo 79'), Ouro-Akoriko, P.Gumede - Mabiliso, Mnguni, Ncube, Sikhakhane, Karuru - Cele (Abraw 90+1'), Khenyeza (Morton 81').

Ajax Cape Town: February; Lebusa, Booysen, Zwane, Nel, Margeman, Kabwe, Mosadi (Morris 54') - Losper (Mdabuka 43'), Lakay, Zakri (Julies 86')