The first half of the South Africa Absa Premiership soccer season ended on Wednesday night with Warriors leading striker Knowledge Musona and the unheralded pair of Carrington Nyadombo and Ramson Zhuwawo stealing the show on a night of shocks.
While Musona has been in the news daily-his exploits cannot be ignored-Nyadombo has been quietly establishing himself as the preferred central defender at AmaZulu who closed the first half with a stunning 3-2 win over cash-rich leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.
Together with former Soccer Star of the Year Zhuwawo, the pair was on the field for 90 minutes, making sure that fellow countrymen Nyasha Mushekwi and Lionel Mtizwa chased shadows at the Lucas Moripe Stadium.
Nyadombo is a former Gunners right back who has been transformed into a central defender by coach Manqoba Mngqithi and has not disappointed.
Lehlohonolo Majoro’s brace put Usuthu in control and they led 2-0 at the break, but Sundowns hit back through Katlego Mphela and Mtizwa.
But AmaZulu sealed the points with a late strike from Tangeni Shapahu.
In Witbank, two well taken goals by the Absa Premiership’s leading goal scorer Musona saw Kaizer Chiefs through to a 2-0 win over Mpumalanga Black Aces in Witbank.
According to reports, it was an acrobatic overhead kick from the Zimbabwean starlet in the opening minute of the game which gave Chiefs the lead.
He scored a second to take his goal tally in league games this season to nine when he completed his brace on 54 minutes.
It took under a minute for Chiefs to find themselves ahead and the opening goal of the game was a piece of pure brilliance on the part of Musona.
Thomas Sweswe turned in the perfect ball from the right wing and Musona met the ball with a perfectly executed overhead kick to fire it past Onyango to hand the visitors the lead.
The writing was on the wall for Aces as they would be going down to their fifth successive defeat when Musona turned home a pass from close range after he had been put on goal by Jimmy Tau in the 53rd minute.
In other matches, Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini kept another clean sheet as Platinum Stars held Orlando Pirates to a 0-0 draw.
Kingston Nkatha’s Free State Stars lost 1-0 to Bloemfontein Celtic. The former Buymore striker could have scored in the 71st minute, but his header bounced up off the hard ground and was tipped over by the bar by the goalkeeper.
Lamontville Golden Arrows and Ajax Cape Town played to a 1-1 draw in their final Absa Premiership match of 2010 at the Chatsworth Stadium on Wednesday afternoon.
Zimbabwean Khama Billiat put Ajax ahead on the half-hour mark, before Abafana Bes’thende substitute Siphesihle Nzimande equalised on 60 minutes.
The visitors began to take control just past the 15-minute mark when home keeper Helton da Rocha was forced to parry Billiat’s thunderous shot from close-range, a magnificent save, but a sign that Ajax were beginning to take control of the game.
And the Urban Warriors did take the lead on 29 minutes when Billiat netted after being put through by Thulano Serero, keeping his composure with just Da Rocha to beat.
Lebogang Manyama then provided Billiat with another opportunity seven minutes before the break, but Da Rocha was smartly off his line to smother the danger.
Former Caps United midfielder Oscar Machapa was red-carded in the dying minutes of their 0-0 draw against Vasco da Gama.