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AmaZulu reach Nedbank Cup semi-final

Posted: 8 May 2010 Time: 22:23

AmaZulu qualified for their third Cup semifinal this season when goals from Pere Ariweriyai and Tsweu Mokoro handed them a 2-1 victory over the University of Pretoria in their Nedbank Cup quarter-final at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday evening.

After appearing in the semifinals of the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout Cup – failing to reach the Final in either competition – Usuthu will hope it is third time lucky when they take part in the semi-final of the Nedbank Cup next weekend.

The game got off to a flying start and AmaZulu were awarded an early penalty when Tuks goalkeeper Siya Mngoma rashly came off his line and took out veteran midfielder Thabo Mabaso in the 18-yard area. Usuthu captain Pere Ariweriyai coolly converted the spot kick to put the KwaZulu-Natal side 1-0 up in the eighth minute.

Any momentum Tuks seemed to be building was effectively snuffed out in the 35th minute when Tsweu Mokoro scored to put the ‘Green Machine’ 2-0 up.

The visitors were punished for a shocking inability to clear their lines in a straightforward defensive situation and Mokoro’s low shot from just outside the penalty area found its way though a crowd of players and nestled in the bottom corner of the net.

AmaZulu almost secured a three-goal lead just before the break but Mngoma made a great save to turn a deflected Dumsiani Ngwenya shot around his upright, and the subsequent corner kick saw Warren Bishop’s headed effort cleared off the goal line.

Tuks came out firing in the early stages of the second half and Mzimela had to make an outstanding save to keep out Mbulelo Wambi’s left-footed effort in the 53rd minute. The visitors certainly showed a lot of fight and took a stranglehold of the midfield battle to put themselves in the ascendancy.

Referee Peter Mabuza handed Tuks a late lifeline when he awarded them a controversial penalty for hand-ball by Ariweriyai – television replays suggested that the offence seemed to take place just outside the 18-yard area. Captain Joseph Mthombeni converted from the spot for his fourth goal of the competition.

There was to be no further late drama as AmaZulu held firm in defence and secured a hard-fought victory that seems them through at the expense of last year’s Nedbank Cup runners-up.

AmaZulu: (4-4-2) Mzimela; Biyela, Chintu, Ariweriyai, Bishop; Mabaso, Sangweni, Sikhakhane (Ngxabi 90+3’), Mokoro; Ngwenya (N. Zwane 65’), A. Dlamini

AmaTuks: (4-4-2) Mngoma; Ntusi (Matsi 56’), Omino, Rodrigues, Notyhawe (Zulu 75’); Sibeko, Mthombeni, Wambi, Maebela; Dlamini, Makwakwa (Rusike 46’)

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:39 am
sonono fc will surely join amatuks this afternoon.
posted: 07:35 am
Usuthu wil go al the way.
posted: 08:14 am
Peter Mabusa is a criminal. How many times must he make controversial decisions? This man must be banned from referring.
posted: 08:40 am
Hebe! Usuthu!
posted: 09:35 am
who is this nka mo dira fool, is the a team in the psl called sonono fc, u are a fool or maybe you are a owner, if you dont have anything constructive shut ur mouth, well done amazulu and hardluck to tuks
posted: 10:26 am
Manley,theret is a team called sonono fc in de psl, i cal it pie-lerete.nkamodira is 99.999% corect.
posted: 10:39 am
Nkamodira,sunkak team which is playing kak is going out 2day.stop lieying 2 us.
posted: 11:01 am
well done Usuthu. nw brace urself coz the mighty bucs are comin to th semis as well................
posted: 11:14 am
Jimaro,i dnt say lerete,i said pie-lerete.anyway sorry mfweto.i'm 4rm mamelodi east & i'm 97yrs.sonono fc is now pie-panty.
posted: 11:26 am
manley: who are u in de zoo to ask that stupid? If you're clueless abt soccer let it not be my problem. Stick with netball wena stupid
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