Siyabonga Mbatha (left) of AmaZulu FC celebrates with man of the Match Mbongeni Gumede, against Cape Town City at King Zwelithini Stadium. Photo: Gerhard Duraan/BackpagePix

DURBAN  AmaZulu's 1-0 win over Cape Town City in their Premiership match played at the King Zwelithini Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon, assured them of a place in the top-eight competition for the new campaign.

Defender Mbongeni Gumede's near post finishing touch after receiving the ball from a free-kick in the 63rd minute, ended up being the difference between the two sides.

While AmaZulu will look back at moment of inconsistency on their return season to top-flight football following the purchase of the franchise of 2016/2017 National First Division champions Thanda Royal Zulu in the off-season, City too will be shaking their heads.

While the 2017/2018 season was Benni McCarthy's first as a full-time head coach, much was learnt, but the graph shows a downward slant after the club finished second to Mamelodi Sundowns in their infancy season during the previous campaign. 

The good news for the Cape side known as 'the Citizens' is that they have found a gem in the attacking Bradley 'Surprise' Ralani, who created several goal-scoring opportunities for his team-mates, but once again, the visitors' finishing touches let them down.

Matthew Rusike had the best scoring chance of the match for the Cape Town side, but the ball seemed to bounce unevenly causing the striker to shoot off- target. 

African News Agency 

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