Revitalized Tshakhuma edge Maritzburg

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila secured a 1-0 win over Maritzburg United in a DStv Premiership match at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Friday evening.

The victory saw Vhadau Vha Damani climb out of the relegation zone - moving 14th place on the league standings, while the Team of Choice slipped down to the 15th spot.

The Team of Choice got off to a bright start with Thabiso Kutumela and Judas Moseamedi combining well upfront in the early proceedings.

Moseamedi flicked the ball on for Kutumela, whose well-taken shot was brilliantly finger-tip over the crossbar by Tshakhuma goalkeeper Washington Arubi in the seventh minute.

Former South Africa under-23 international Moseamedi was a constant threat to Vhadau Vha Damani defence with his sharp movement and runs in the opposition's half.

Bandile Shandu was sent through on goal by a defence-splitting pass from Moseamedi six minutes before the half-hour mark, but the midfielder fired straight at Arubi.

Maritzburg kept pushing for the opening goal and Kutumela's effort hit the crossbar in the 42nd minute with former Zimbabwe international Arubi well-beaten.

The hosts were left to rue their missed chances as Thabo Mnyamane scored on the stroke of halftime with a well-taken free-kick to make 1-0 to Tshakhuma heading into the break.

Maritzburg coach Ernst Middendorp made four changes prior to the start of the second-half as he introduced Sibusiso Hlubi, Ali Jose Meza, Riyaaz Ismail and Phiwayinkosi Zuma.

The Team of Choice applied some pressure on Vhadau Vha Damani and Clayton Daniels headed the ball just over the crossbar after connecting with Keagan Buchanan's corner-kick in the 56th minute.

The hosts kept pushing for the equalising goal and Daniels thought he had level matters when he netted with 20 minutes left, but the goal was disallowed for a foul.

Kutumela's through pass found Hlubi, who somehow placed his shot over the crossbar from point-blank range in the 78th minute and Tshakhuma survived a late scare.

The visitors then stood firm at the back having introduced defender Lebohang Mabotja and ultimately, Tshakhuma emerged 1-0 winners over Maritzburg on the night.

Maritzburg United (0) 0

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (1) 1 (Mnyamane 45'+4)


Maritzburg United:Engelhardt, Allie, Morgan (Zuma 46'), Daniels, Claasen (Hlubi 46'), Tlolane, Graham, Buchanan, Shandu (Ismail 46'), Kutumela, Moseamedi (Meza 46').

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila:Arubi, Lukhubeni, Ndengane, Nkili (Nonyane 56'), Ravhuhali, Theron, Madhanga, Timm, Malongoane (Maphangule 61'), Mnyamane (Mabotja 74'), Nevhulamba (Lamola 61').