After an exceedingly dull first half, with little goalmouth action apart from Dumisani Ngwenya’s goal in the 21st minute, AmaZulu came out with all guns blaring in the second. The match was a one-sided affair, and Vasco’s inexperience was unmistakable. The Cape team made too many elementary errors, and barely created a single chance for themselves.
AmaZulu’s first goal came when Litha Ngxabi, who had a fantastic game – creating and converting chances – sent a through pass to Ngwenya who shot smoothly past the keeper.
Ngxabi himself scored the second, after a defensive clearance went straight to the midfielder in the penalty box and he took an inspired shot to make it 2-0 in the 55th minute.
Ngxabi was again involved when AmaZulu put the scoreline beyond doubt in the 70th minute. He supplied a pass to substitute Sthembiso Dlamini, who scored after being on the pitch for just 19 minutes.
Dlamini scored again in the 74th minute, after picking up a loose ball from another intercepted Vasco clearance.
Veteran Shoes Moshoeu created the fifth goal in the 87th minute, when he received the ball on the halfway line, dribbled past three players like a hot knife through butter, and sent a pass in to Ngwenya, who converted brilliantly for his deserved eleventh goal of the season, seven of which have been in the Cup.
All in all, it was a clean game, not too physical, and AmaZulu deserved the win, and can proceed to the next round with confidence.