Highlands add to AmaZulu's troubles

Highlands Park secured a 2-1 win over AmaZulu FC in an Absa Premiership match at the Makhulong Stadium on Tuesday night.

The win took the Lions of the North to eighth place on the league standings, while Usuthu remained 16th on the log.

Usuthu threatened first through their Dutch striker Andre De Jong just eight minutes into the encounter.

De Jong burst into the hosts' box, but his effort was blocked by the Highlands Park defence as AmaZulu looked to break the deadlock.

The visitors continued to search for the opening goal and Highlands Park goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni was called into the action in the 20th minute.

The experienced shot-stopper made a decent save to deny AmaZulu centre forward Bonginkosi Ntuli, who was looking lively.

Usuthu's pressure finally paid off in the 40th minute when Ntuli beat Ngobeni with a fine finish to make it 1-0 to AmaZulu after some good work by Ovidy Karuru.

However, the lead only lasted for seven minutes as Peter Shalulile was fouled in the box and the hosts were awarded a penalty which was converted by Tendai Ndoro.

The score was 1-1 at the interval after Highlands Park fought back to hold AmaZulu.

The Lions of the North pushed for their second goal of the match after the restart and they did take the lead for the first time on the night.

Namibia international Shalulile was the man who scored with a header from a corner-kick to make it 2-1 to Highlands Park just after the hour-mark.

AmaZulu coach Cavin Johnson decided to introduce Zimbabwean attacking midfielder Talent Chawapiwa as the visitors looked to grab a late equalising goal.

However, Highlands Park stood firm at the back and ultimately, they emerged 2-1 winners over AmaZulu on the night.

Highlands Park (1) 2 (Ndoro 45'+2, Shalulile 62')

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Ntuli 40')

Highlands: Ngobeni, Mokoena, Munyai, Mbhele, Rae, Williams, Mahlangu (Msane 90'+1), Mbatha (Mkhabela 69'), Shalulile, Mvala, Ndoro (Jooste 61).

AmaZulu: Boshoff, M Gumede, Sikhakhane, Xoki, T Gumede, Vilakazi, Sithebe, Karuru, Ncobeni (Cele 79'), De Jong (Chawapiwa 78'), Ntuli.