AmaZulu FC striker Junior Dion celebrates the second goal during the Carling Knockout, quarterfinal match against Golden Arrows at Moses Mabhida Stadium on November 04, 2023.
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A first half hat-trick by striker Junior Dion sent AmaZulu FC to the semifinal of the Carling Knockout Cup where they joined Stellenbosch FC and fellow KwaZulu-Natal outfit Richards Bay FC, who defeated Orlando Pirates 5-4 on penalties earlier at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday. 

The AmaZulu and Arrows game was also played at the 2010 Fifa World Cup venue. 

Dion's goals, netted in the 11th, 29th and 45th minutes, helped Usuthu eliminate neighbours Lamontville Golden Arrows 3-0 after a brilliant first half stanza.

AmaZulu now stand a good chance to win a first major trophy in South Africa since 1992 when they defeated Kaizer Chiefs in this competition.

AmaZulu were in full control of this match from the first whistle and Dion, the man-of-the-match, tapped home the opener after getting a good cross from Mlondi Mbanjwa before former Chiefs midfielder Pule Eksteen engineered Usuthu's second and third goals.

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Eksteen provided a magnificent defence-splitting pass for Dion to double the score before forcing a corner kick that was also headed in by the Ivorian striker.

Usuthu's win came as a surprise because Arrows had come to this KwaZulu-Natal derby as favourites having lost only once in nine DStv Premiership matches under former club striker Mabhuti Khenyeza.

The defeat could be a blessing in disguise for Abafana Bes'thende who will have all their focus on cementing their position in the top part of the log.

Arrows were unlucky though not to find goals in this match as AmaZulu keeper Veli Mothwa made numerous blunders whenever he was called into action. 


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