long unbeaten run in the came to an end after they suffered a shock 1-0 loss at home against at the King Zwelithini stadium on Tuesday.
Benni McCarthy’s charges last tasted defeat in league football in January, when they went down to Kaizer Chiefs, but a Richard Mbulu strike in the first half condemned Usuthu to their fifth loss of the campaign.
The KZN-based team remained second in the standings as their already slim chance of pipping Mamelodi Sundowns to the league title took a nosedive as they stay seven points behind.
Bakgaga were full value for the three points and had the first opportunity of the game in the third minute but forward Evidence Makgopa shot wide after pouncing on a mistake in the Amazulu defence.
Usuthu then had few efforts on goal themselves but Luvuyo Memela was denied by Baroka goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke and striker Lehlohonolo Majoro shot over the cross-bar.
The only goal of the game came seven minutes before the halftime break when Richard Mbulu curled a fine left-footed shot past Usuthu shot-stopper Veli Mothwa.
Amazulu had a chance to equalise in the 44th minute but Majoro was denied by Masuluke while at the other end Makgopa struck the bar as Baroka almost doubled their lead.
After a rather eventful conclusion to the first half, the match died down after the interval as the visitors sat tight at the back hoping to catch the hosts on counter-attacks.
While Usuthu did not test Masuluke much, it was Baroka who carved out the better opportunities on the break as Ananias Gebhardt and Joslin Kamatuka spurned gilt-edged opportunities to increase the lead.
The home team had one final chance in stoppage time to steal a point but Thembela Sikhakhane sent his header wide from a free kick.
The victory for Baroka moves them move above Kaizer Chiefs into ninth place in the DStv Premiership standings.