Ntuli lifts AmaZulu to playoff spot

A brace from Bongi Ntuli in the second half gave AmaZulu a 2-1 victory over the University of Pretoria in an Absa Premiership match on Wednesday night at the Tuks Stadium.

Usuthu’s victory sees them off the bottom of the log after Moroka Swallows lost 2-1 to Ajax Cape Town.

The match started with the visitors taking the first chance and it was Bornwell Mwape who searched for a goal, but his header missed the target.

In the eighth minute of the match,Tuks had an opportunity to take the lead through a penalty, but Energy Murambadoro made a good save denying Mnyamana the goal.

In the 19th minute Marc Van Heerden’s set piece was denied by the woodwork.

In the 28th minute Tuks got a free kick which was taken by Nyondo and Tebogo Monyai took full advantage and converted it into a goal to give the University of Pretoria the lead.

Van Heerden also came close to finding a goal for AmaZulu via a set piece but Tuks goalkeeper Arubi managed to tip it away.

This saw both teams going to halftime with Tuks leading by 1-0.

In the second half, just a minute after the whistle Bongi Ntuli found an equalizer for AmaZulu with a left foot finish from Mwedihanga’s assist.

Sadat Ouro-Akoriko also tried to search for a goal but his header went over the cross bar.

In the 64th minute Ntuli came back to find his brace and gave Usuthu a 2-1 lead with a right foot finish.

Willem Mwedihanga made a crucial clearance denying Tuks an equalizer in the 73 minute.

In the last four minutes of the match Matsi pulled a shot but unfortunately it went wide.

This resulted in AmaZulu walking away with the full three points.

Tuks (1) 1 ( Monyai 28’)

AmaZulu (0) 2 (Ntuli 46’, 64’)

University of Pretoria: Washington Arubi, Vuyisile Ntombayithethi, Partson Juare, Tebogo Monyai, Grant Kekana, Mpho Matsi, Ronald Ketjijere, Siyabonga Ngubane ( Thabo Mosadi 73’), Atusaye Nyondo ( Khethukuthula Zwane 62’) , Thabo Mnyamane ( Denver Mukamba 62’), Geoffrey Massa

AmaZulu: Energy Murambadoro, Robyn Johannes ( Nhlanhla Shabalala 45’), Sedat Ouro-akoriko, Marc Van Heerden, Sfiso Hlanti, Tapelo Nyongo, Willem Mwedihanga, John Arwuah, Paul Were Ooko, Bongi Ntuli ( Ayanda Dlamini 90’), Bornwell Mwape ( Thabiso Dlamini 78’)