AmaZulu were defeated 2-0 by ES Setif in Algeria, putting them out of contention for a place in the Caf Champions League knockout stages.
Riad Benayad blasted his side into the lead with just 11 minutes gone, latching onto Ahmed Kendouci’s feed before reaching the bottom corner.
Benni McCarthy’s charges were not going to lie down and pressed the home side from then on, ultimately forcing an opening on the hour mark, but Sikhakhane missed the target after being picked out by a Buchanan cross.
The home team, on the other hand, pressed forward in the last moments of the half and the pressure paid off when they doubled their lead on the stroke of halftime when Veli Mothwa could only parry Benayad’s shot into the path of Akram Djahnit, who was left with a simple tap in.
Ushuru began the second half strongly and nearly equalized on the hour mark when Ntuli’s effort came crashing back off the post.
While the South Africans pressed for an equalizer, the host team performed well to limit their chances and eventually held on for the 2-0 victory.
AmaZulu has already dropped to third place in the group.