AmaZulu continue to soar under Benni McCarthy

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Siphelele Mthembu (Gallo Images)
Siphelele Mthembu (Gallo Images)

AmaZulu's recent resurgence continued with a well-deserved 1-0 victory over high-flying SuperSport United at Jonsson Kings Park.

After picking up just 12 points from their first 12 matches of the DSTV Premiership season, Benni McCarthy's charges have now added a further 16 in their last six.

That's lifted them up to sixth on the table, just five points behind second-placed SuperSport, who have now won just one in their last six - and just two from 10 in all competitions.

AmaZulu made a bright start to the match, particularly on the left side with young defender Sibusiso Mabiliso combining well with Augustine Mulenga and Luvuyo Memela.

In contrast, SuperSport started slowly, with a half-chance for Teboho Mokoena in the 16th minute their first real activity near the AmaZulu goal.

Just when it seemed as if the visitors might start to get a foothold in the match, AmaZulu struck via new frontman Siphelele Mthembu.

The move started with SuperSport defender Thatayaone Ditlhokwe giving away possession inside his own half, leading to a burst down the field from Mulenga, who got past Mokoena and Luke Fleurs before squaring it to Mthembu for the simple tap-in finish.

The goal seemed to light a fire under the SuperSport players as they enjoyed a better spell of territory and possession, with both Mokoena and Sipho Mbule starting to look more dangerous.

Mokoena did well to pick out Bradley Grobler, but the striker slipped at a crucial moment and couldn't get off a shot.

Chances continued to prove few and far between, however, and AmaZulu headed into the half-time break full value for their 1-0 lead.

The first chance of the second half fell to AmaZulu's Siyethemba Sithebe, who headed over the bar after connecting with a swinging cross from Mabiliso on the left wing.

Moments later, Thembela Sikhakhane fired a low cross into the SuperSport box only for a mix-up between Memela and Mthembu to see the opportunity go begging - much to the displeasure of Benni McCarthy on the sidelines.

AmaZulu had another chance to double their lead 20 minutes from time when Mthembu set up Zukile Kewuti from just outside the box, but the substitute's powerful shot was well saved by Ronwen Williams.

Barely five minutes later, the home side should have scored when Sikhakhane teed up Mthembu following an attack down the right wing, but on this occasion the striker couldn't convert the easy chance.

Luckily for Usuthu, the missed chances didn't hurt them as they hung on to collect all three points against a below-par SuperSport side.

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