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Wits beat AmaZulu in Nedbank Cup Final

Posted: 22 May 2010 Time: 18:00

Bidvest Wits have been crowned the Nedbank Cup champions after beating AmaZulu 3-0 at the newly-revamped Soccer City Stadium on Saturday.

The Students went into the Final pretty much the underdogs, but dominated possession for the better part of the game.

Michael Morton played a sterling role from midfield. But first it was midfielder Mark Haskins who came close to opening the scoring in the eighth minute when his header from a cross was parried away to safety by Nick Gindre, who used his legs to great effect.

Haskins was back in the thick of things in the 18th minute. Marawaan Bantam set him free in between Usuthu’s defenders and with Gindre to beat Haskins tried a lob, which worked out poorly as his left flick didn’t have power behind it and AmaZulu survived.

Usuthu players were constantly making fouls and as a result three players – Abdullahi Ishaka, Ayanda Dlamini and Pere Ariweriyai – went into the referee’s books.

AmaZulu played route-one football in the first half hoping to seal it from thrown-ins and corners, but it never worked out.

The Students continued their dominance in the second half, though Bantam had to come off in the 50th minute as he struggled with an injury on his right leg. His place was taken by Brazilian midfielder Fabricio Rodrigues, who later on in the game made a big impact. In the 76th minute Rodrigues put Wits 1-0 up.

Sipho Mngomezulu burst forward from the left and chipped the ball into the area. Gindre and his defence failed to clear and Rodrigues pounced for an easy tap-in.

Sensing defeat, AmaZulu coach Neil Tovey immediately threw caution to the wind when he took off Dumisani Ngwenya bringing on Sandile Gumede, who scored the last-minute equaliser against Mamelodi Sundowns in the semis, and three minutes later Bradley Ritson came on for Nhlanhla Zwane, but this time there was no late drama from Usuthu.

In fact, it was the Students that stole the show right at the death. Sifiso Vilakazi, who was a shadow of himself for most of the game suddenly came alive. In time added on he was left unmarked and when a pass picked him up, he burst forward and smashed a left-footed powerful shot that beat Gindre to his left.

A minute later Sifiso Myeni stretched the Usuthu defence from the left and played a well-executed pass to Vilakazi in between Usuthu’s centre backs. The former Free State Stars and Ajax Cape Town striker rounded-off Gindre and fired home the third to send the 71 956 official attendance into a frenzy.

Previous comments on this story...

Maestro KC
posted: 06:06 pm
Congrats to the Students...Amazulu were too pedestrian, Wits deserve this...

Khosification
Anonymous
posted: 06:20 pm
What is the diference btwin amazulu & sunkop?
Anonymous
posted: 06:32 pm
I believe Francis Chansa made a correct decision to leave Orlando Pirates otherwise he would be still trophyless
Anonymous
posted: 07:21 pm
France's FIFA World Cup™ preparations were dealt a blow on Saturday when key defensive midfielder Lassana Diarra was ruled out of the tournament with an intestinal problem.

Diarra missed training on Friday and Saturday after complaining of stomach pains while scaling a glacier with his team-mates at France's pre-World Cup training base in the French Alps here on Thursday.

"Following the intestinal problem he contracted on the glacier at Tignes, medical examinations discovered an unforeseeable illness that necessitates rest for an indeterminate period," read a statement on the French Football Federation (FFF) website. "As a result, Lassana Diarra is out of the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. For the moment, the staff have not called up another player."

France coach Raymond Domenech took a 24-man provisional squad to Tignes but does not have to submit his final 23-man squad to FIFA until 1 June. Les Bleus begin their World Cup campaign against Group A rivals Uruguay in Cape Town on 11 June.

Diarra joined Real Madrid from Portsmouth in January 2009, having previously played for Chelsea and Arsenal. With Lyon's Jeremy Toulalan he forms Domenech's first-choice defensive midfield partnership and he played in 10 of France's 12 matches in their 2010 World Cup qualification campaign. Arsenal's Abou Diaby played in his position in France's training session on Saturday afternoon.
Anonymous
posted: 09:01 pm
Bola: shut up man.
Anonymous
posted: 09:45 pm
@All psl trophies, that to your entire family. Idiot
Anonymous
posted: 07:22 am
@Bola, i don't think it was neccesary 4 u 2 paste all this drama here, we have reliable sources who wil do this job not u. Here u were supposed 2 comment on Netbank cup final.
Anonymous
posted: 07:23 am
@bola, why r u swearing @me bro?
Anonymous
posted: 08:18 am
Congratulations to Bidves 4 clinching this one the deserved it. Sorry to Usuthu, but u showed through out the tournament that no team must undermine u in the next season's campaign.
Anonymous
posted: 05:14 pm
Well done boys! this is the sweetest victory ever and to think no one gave you a chance, hehehehehehe To the doomsayers, you have to agree with me that the boys dished out a sterling performance and deserve this cup 150%!!!!!
Roger I must personally apologise for my outburst 2 weeks ago and retract my statement of saying you must be demoted to a goalkeeper coach. You proved yesterday that you are well capable of your task and your boys outplayed and outlast Usuthu! Morty, well done boy you deserve that award, after being sidelined for most of the second half of the season, you came back strong. I hope Pierats leave you where you are as they will only bench you boy. The darkies there only pass the ball to one another and that is a proven fact! Why do you think they are all black Pierats!
Once again boys well done! and I hope this will make you realise that you can beat any team on any given day. Sundowns would probably have been given 5-0 by the Wits team i saw yesterday! hehehehe
Anonymous
posted: 05:29 pm
Another thing, seeing that smile taken off president Zuma's face made my day at the end of the game. Amazulu's butt was kicked good and solid and I could sense the pain on Zuma's face as he watched the clever boys celebrating! hahahahahahaha!
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