AmaZulu FC showed character as they fought back to hold Chippa United to a 2-2 draw in the DStv Premiership match at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Tuesday afternoon.
The draw saw the Chilli Boys climb out of the relegation zone as they moved up to 14th place on the league standings, while Usuthu remained eighth on the table in a match that saw Luvuyo Memela and Bienvenu Eva Nga both grab a brace.
Usuthu would have been wary of the in-form Bienvenu Eva Nga, who had scored in each of his previous three matches in the league and he did continue his scoring form.
The Cameroonian hitman hit the back of the net to hand Chippa a 1-0 lead in the 22nd minute as he capitalised on a goalkeeping error by Veli Mothwa.
AmaZulu were struggling to contain Eva Nga and the former Bidvest Wits marksman grabbed his brace a minute before the half-hour mark.
The bulky player unleashed a left-footed shot which beat Mothwa at the near post to extend his tally to five goals for this term and the score was 2-0 to Chippa during the halftime break in Durban.
Usuthu dominated the game after the restart following the players’ halftime team talk with coach Benni McCarthy and they were able to create goalscoring opportunities.
Luvuyo Memela and Lehlohonolo Majoro were causing problems for the Chilli Boys defence and they were involved when the hosts pulled one back in the 64th minute.
Majoro’s miscued shot fell for Memela, who headed home from close range, beating keeper Ismail Watenga hands down to make it 2-1 and it was his fourth goal of the season.
The former Orlando Pirates winger, who never stopped making dangerous runs, grabbed his brace to make it 2-2 in the 82nd minute when he controlled Majoro’s long pass well, before firing home.
Eva Nga thought he had completed his second hat-trick in the South African top-flight, but his goal was disallowed for offside before he hit the side-netting in the closing stages, and ultimately, the game ended in a 2-2 draw.
AmaZulu (0) 2 (Memela 64′, 82′)Chippa (2) 2 (Eva Nga 22′, 29′)TEAMS:
AmaZulu:Mothwa, Sikhakhane, Zulu (Moremi 82′), Khumalo, Gumede, Makhaula, Mlambo (Ntuli 42′), Sithebe, Qalinge (Memela 61′), Majoro, De Jong (Maduna 60′).
Chippa United: Watenga, Hanamub, Pietersen, Mthethwa, Mokhele (Sangare 63′), Mkhize, Sekotlong (Seabi 62′), Mdlinzo, Zulu, Lebitso (Mdunyelwa 64′), Eva Nga.
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