TSHWANE Striker Ayanda Dlamini netted as AmaZulu shocked Premiership title chasers SuperSport United, beating them 1-0 in Atteridgeville on Saturday evening.
Dlamini, the Usuthu captain, netted his first goal of the campaign in the 27th minute from a counterattack having been supplied by his strike partner, Stanton Lewis.
He stuck the games solitary goal through the legs of United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams as the Durbanites registered three points that kept their top-eight ambitions alive. The loss for United their fourth of the season saw them shift a position down to third in the standings.
A win would have seen them a point below log, leading Mamelodi Sundowns, who were held by Moroka Swallows on Friday night.
Kaizer Chiefs, who drew 1-1 with Wits earlier in the day, moved to second place.
United were lacklustre on a wet evening at Lucas Moripe Stadium. They created only a solitary chance in the first 45 minutes, which fell to striker Atasuye Nyondo, who pounced on a loose ball inside the AmaZulu penalty area, but was blocked by an on rushing Felix Bukasa-Kasongo as he was about to place past goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini.
Matsatsantsa Pitori made changes at the interval, bringing on midfielders Jabu Maluleke and veteran Sibusiso Zuma to no effect. Maluleke had a chance in the 63rd minute, with his header hitting the woodwork from a corner-kick. Soon after, winger Franklin Cale attempted a shot from a distance that went wide of goal as Uniteds frustration grew.
The Durbanites opted to defend their lead and the three points while catching their opponents on breaks in the second half.
They came close to stretching the gap in the 86th minute through Dlamini, who was held by Morgan Gould heading towards goal with only the keeper to beat.
Gould, Uniteds captain, was shown a straight red card for a professional foul, diminishing his sides chances even further. Maluleke again came close in the final moments of the match, but shot wide inside the box to sum up the hosts poor outing on the day. Supersport