Mbesuma hit his 14th goal of the season in all competitions for Amazayoni through a penalty in the 20th minute which opened the scoring, before a Limbikani Mzava free-kick in the dying moments of the game beat United keeper Tawfeeq Salie at the near post to ensure Aces went through to the quarterfinals of the competition.
Mbesuma said the win was vital following a recent slump of form in the league, but it brought a bit of confidence to the side heading into their next encounter against Kaizer Chiefs.
“We needed this win to bring our confidence back for the next game, which is very important. We haven’t been winning for some time now, but at least our confidence is back now and we are looking forward to our next match,” said the Aces skipper.
“I will keep working hard and finish the chances I get.”
His coach Muhsin Ertugal was content with the victory and he believes they could have scored more goals during the encounter.
“The first 75 minutes was the best football we have played this season, it was really great. We could have scored a second one from a corner with Sibusiso Masina alone on the volley and the game could have been over,” said Ertugal.
“Maritzburg only had one real chance which they could have scored from, but in my opinion the game was actually controlled, but we should have scored more.”
The Team of Choice coach Ernst Midderndorp says the game was a good run for some of his players who haven’t enjoyed much game time this season.
“I think it was a good competition for some of our players like Bandile Shandu and a lot of other guys who have not played competitive football in a while. Two fantastic saves by Shuaib Walters, who had nothing much to do during the game,” said the Maritzburg coach.