Gift Motupa doubled the lead for Baroka against AmaZulu. Photo: Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

Baroka FC returned to winning ways in seeing off struggling AmaZulu 2-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday.

One-time log-leaders Baroka – who have only managed to register two wins, three draws and three losses in their last eight league outings – went ahead as early as the eighth minute when defender Mduduzi Mdatsane scored from close range past AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha.

AmaZulu pressed hard for the equaliser, with their midfield being quite instrumental in setting several quality build-up opportunities.

But an attacking run and finishing strike by second-half substitute Gift Motupa in the 78th minute doubled the lead for the men from Polokwane.

Aside from the two goals scored, the match produced very few real chances, with Namibian international goalkeeper Virgil Vries well protected behind a pretty solid looking Baroka defence.

Baroka, now on 25 points from 17 games, will go back to the training field to work on a strategy for when they host Kaizer Chiefs next Sunday.

AmaZulu, who returned to the top-flight after purchasing the promoted franchise of Thanda Royal Zulu at the end of last season, remain on 15 points from 15 games, and finds themselves just above the dreaded relegation zone.

The Usuthu’s next league fixture will be a home match against SuperSport United on Saturday.

African News Agency (ANA)