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Usuthu To Face Bay In The KZN Prem’s Cup As Dion Strikes Twice

Ivory Coast striker Junior Dion scored twice as AmaZulu beat superior on ball possession Maritzburg United side 2-1 in the KZN Premier’s Cup semi final at Princess Magogo Stadium on Sunday. 

The victory sees Usuthu reach the final of the KZN pre-season tournament, where they will meet Richards Bay at the same venue later (16:00).

Dion scored the first with a brilliant header in just two minutes the game had started. 

After Maritzburg completely dominated the proceedings, the Umgungundlovu club suffered further punishment as Dion picked up the pieces in the 28th minute as Zipho Dlangalala’s team failed to clear the danger.

Maritzburg were given the chance to get back into the game after they earned a penalty, but Reegan Van Ross’ spot kick was easily saved by Andile Mbanjwa, who dived on his left to palm it away.

As Maritzburg’s ball possession didn’t yield any results, it took something out of the ordinary as Zukile Kewuti, who was previously on loan from Cape Town City to AmaZulu in the 2020/21 season under coach Benni McCarthy, riffled home past Mbanjwa from range later in the match.

It was a little too late to get an equaliser.    

To reach the semi final, AmaZulu had defeated Royal AM 2-0 in the elimination match at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday, where Abubaker Mobara and Augustine Kwem were the scorers. 

On the other hand, the Team of Choice won via penalty shootouts against newly acquired Milford FC, 4-2 also on penalties, after the game had ended goalless in the regulation time on Saturday in Claremont. 

Usuthu should have added further gloss to the score line though as Tebogo Masuku was clean through on goal, but he was let down by his execution, going agonisingly close. Hendrick Ekstein in front of the post, shot it straight to Maritzburg goalie Mcebisi Langa.         

In the early semi final of the annual tournament in Durban, Arrows were utterly dominated by Kaitano Tembo’s Richards Bay, but missed a glut of chances through bad decision-making in the final third. 

As neither side was able to find the winner, the game went straight to penalties. Bay held their nerves better ton win 4-2.

Velemseni Ndwandwe saw his save by Salim Magoola while Sazi Gumbi’s came off the upright for Arrows, while Bay missed one through Thabani Mthembu who blazed it wide, but it meant nothing as they reached the final.    

Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala
Robin-Duke Madlala is iDiski Times' KwaZulu-Natal-based web journalist. Boasting extensive experience in the South African football landscape, Robin-Duke has previously worked for Kick-Off Magazine, Soccer Laduma, and Daily Sun and Sunday Sun. He specialises in breaking news and transfers around South Africa’s big clubs in KZN.