AmaZulu win against Baroka

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AmaZulu FC started their 2018/19 Absa Premiership season with a narrow 1-0 victory over Baroka FC at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.

The victory sees Usuthu move to fourth place on the league standings, while Bakgaga are placed 13th on the table.

Usuthu threatened first through their new Argentine centre forward Emiliano Tade following a good move a minute into the game.

Mhlengi Cele combined with Tade, who then flashed a shot across goal as the home side looked to take an early lead.

AmaZulu head coach Cavin Johnson decided to pull out Sadate Ouro-Akoriko in the 16th minute and he introduced Tapelo Nyongo.

The hosts then took the lead through Siyethemba Sithebe, who was previously known as SiyethembaMnguni.

The attacking midfielder beat Baroka goalkeeper Ayanda Dlamini to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu in the 18th minute much to the delight of the home crowd.

Ranga Chivaviro, who recently joined Baroka from Ubuntu Cape Town, was looking upfront for the away side.

However, the Usuthu defence which was led by 23-year-old central defender Nyongo was looking solid and organised.

Bakgaka tried to push for the equalising goal against Usuthu with the halftime break fast approaching.

The score was 1-0 to AmaZulu during the halftime break.

New Baroka head coach Wedson Nyirenda had to find a way to penetrate the AmaZulu defence and score in the second-half.

The Zambian tactician decided to introduce Botswana international Mpho Kgaswane six minutes into the second-half as visitors looked to level matters.

Talent Chawapiwa, who was one of Bakgaga's top performers last season, was full of running as the visitors searched for the equalizer.

However, Nyongo and his troops were able to contain Zimbabwe international Chawapiwa with Usuthulooking to hold on to their lead.

AmaZulu's new experienced goalkeeper MoeneebJosephs was called into action by Richard Matloga in the 75th minute.

The Baroka winger unleashed a shot which was brilliantly saved by the former Orlando Pirates shot-stopper.

Usuthu also looked dangerous in the closing stages of the game as Cele's low shot narrowly missed the target with 10 minutes left.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Sithebe 18')

Baroka (0) 0

AmaZulu: Josephs, Sikhakhane, Mabiliso, Ouro-Akoriko (Nyongo 16'), M.Gumede, Ncube, Vilakazi, Lumkwana (Ramphela 66), Sithebe, Cele, Tade(Khenyeza 78').

Baroka: Dlamini, Kgoetyane, Gerhardt, Mapheto, Madubanya, Makume, Chawaphiwa, Mdantsane, Chivaviro (Matloga 67'), Moseki (Makgaka 70') Shabani (Kgaswane 51')