Rusike gives SuperSport win over AmaZulu

SuperSport United registered their maiden win of the 2018/19 Absa Premiership campaign when they beat AmaZulu FC 1-0 at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville, on Wednesday night.

The victory took Matsatsantsa to ninth spot on the league standings, while Usuthu slipped down to eighth place.

The hosts threatened first through Aubrey Modiba seven minutes into the game after they were awarded a free-kick in a promising area.

The South Africa international stepped up and unleashed a shot which went straight at the AmaZulu wall.

Matsatsantsa did most of the attacking as they looked to break the deadlock with James Keene leading their attack.

Fagrie Lakay tried to set up James in the 18th minute after beating his marker, but AmaZulu goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs gathered the cross.

SuperSport kept pushing for the opening goal and they had a chance to take the lead five minutes before the half-hour mark.

Evans Rusike found Teboho Mokoena, whose effort was bravely blocked by the Usuthu defence.

Matsatsantsa piled pressure on the Usuthu defence with the half-time break fast approaching.

Josephs had to produce an incredible double save to deny SuperSport attackers Modiba and Keene in the 34th minute.

The visitors then stood firm at the back until the match referee blew the half-time whistle.

SuperSport and AmaZulu were locked at 0-0 at the interval following a first half which was dominated by the hosts.

It took only three minutes for the home side to break the deadlock in the second half after the AmaZulu defence was exposed.

Keene played a cross which was turned home by Rusike to make it 1-0 to SuperSport -- much to the delight of the home crowd.

Cavin Johnson, the AmaZulu coach, then pulled out Michael Morton and he introduced Mabhuti Khenyeza just before the hour-mark.

The veteran striker tried to make an immediate impact, but his attempt was well-saved by SuperSport shot-stopper Ronwen Williams.

The home side still looked dangerous when going forward and Modiba and Keene both narrowly missed the target after the hour-mark.

Zambian marksman Ghampani Lungu was then introduced by SuperSport in the 73rd minute as hosts looked to double their lead.

Both teams launched late attacks in search of a late goal, but it never came and the match ended in a 1-0 win in favour of SuperSport.

SuperSport (0) 1 (Rusike 48')
AmaZulu 0

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Khumalo, Daniels, Bhasera, Furman, Mokoena, Modiba , Lakay (Lungu 73') Rusike (Gould 88'), Keene (Grobler 83').

AmaZulu: Sikhakhane, Van Heerden, Slawula, M Gumede, Morton (Khenyeza 57'), Vilakazi, Lumkwana (Hlalele 64'), Sithebe, Ramphela, Cele (Nomvethe 80').