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Baroka FC beaten by Black Leopards in Nedbank Cup semi-final

Posted: 15 May 2011 Time: 17:58

Baroka FC's dream of meeting Orlando Pirates in the Final of the Nedbank Cup was crushed when they were beaten 3-1 on penalties by Black Leopards, after extra time.

The match had finished 2-2 after extra time.

Apparently, Mamelodi Sundowns’ Trott Moloto was invited to give a pep talk to the Baroka players moments before the match, but Leopards dampened the spirits of the Vodacom League outfit when they lodged a protest, alleging that Olaleng Shaku apparently didn’t serve a two-match suspension despite being red carded in a Vodacom League match some three months ago.

The match was, therefore, played under protest but the move by Leopards appeared to have done little to dampen the spirit of the Baroka players, because the Ga-Mphahlele club started on a brighter note as Khunadi Nkoana’s well executed chip inside six minutes was tipped over the bar by Azwindini Maphaha.

The first chance for Leopards fell to Dingane Masanabo inside the box in the ninth minute when he got to the end of a cross with a header, but the ball went wide.

Baroka drew first blood, though, in the 10th minute when Leopards defender Harry Nyirenda brought down Nkoana in the box and Thobani Mncwango stepped up to coolly slot home to give Baroka the lead.

Sello Chokoe’s boys enjoyed a 1-0 lead at the interval.

Leopards were the better side in the second stanza and were duly rewarded. The Thohoyandou drew level from a set-piece, with Vincent Xakane rising highest to head home the equaliser in the 50th minute.

Baroka tried to fight back with Katlego Mashego at the forefront of their attack.

Mashego, who is linked with a move to Bloemfontein Celtic after some sterling displays in the Nedbank Cup, was put through one-on-one with Maphaha, but the latter came out tops when he put his body on the line to block Mashego’s attempt on 65 minutes.

Mashego fluffed more opportunities at a later stage, such as when he shot over the bar with the goalkeeper at his mercy in the 82nd minute after some good work by Nkoana and again at the death when he broke free down the right but shot waywardly and the match went into extra time.

Leopards took the lead in the 110th minute after Rodney Ramagalela headed in, benefitting from Baroka’s sloppy defence.

Nkoana leveled matters a minute later when his shot from inside the box was deflected sending Maphaha the wrong way.

The match went into penalties and some clinical kicking from Leopards ensured David Thidiela’s team booked their place in the Final, penciled for May 28 at the Mbombela stadium.

Penalty sequence (Baroka shoot first): Mashego misses 0-0, Masuku misses 0-0; Mncwango misses 0-0, Vezi scores 0-1; Mohwatseleng misses 0-1, Ramagalela scores 0-2; Ramatjela scores 1-2, Monama scores 1-3.

Line-ups: Baroka (4-4-2): Tshinuna – Mbhele (Mothupa 103rd), Mohwatseleng, Shaku, Thomo - Lantshene, Mashego, Nkoana, Ndlovu – Mncwango, Baloyi (Ramatjela 87th)

Black Leopards (4-4-2): Maphaha – Kwena, Xakane, Nyirenda, Vezi – Ngambi, Bobe (Maake 98th), Mabunda (Monama 65th), Masuku – Masanabo (Lungu 82nd), Ramagalela

Referee: Jerome Damon

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:06 pm
We all wanted the Baroka fairytale to go on but Damon's bias was a disgrace
posted: 06:10 pm
lo veta didingwe. Haa zwi a penga vhahashu.
The Ghost
posted: 06:12 pm
The problem with Boroko is that they were thinking Pirates when really they had to beat Leopards FIRST!!! It is okay to aim high but take care of business first ... anyway, you have nothing to be ashamed of Boroko even though you were getting a little too big for your boots.
posted: 06:14 pm
unlucky Chokoe - i was hoping to meet u @ da finals -
posted: 06:16 pm
leopards ndi team ya venda ya vha venda vha tambi ndivha venda dzi fans dzavha venda i tambela venda i veta sa vha venda.
posted: 06:16 pm
he he he we r un stopable. he he he we r gynt killers.kuphi khona.dey cnt evn sco 4rm apenalty.i wonder how chimps lost,anyway bucs will rock out bb leopads.
posted: 06:18 pm
Hei we al wanted baroka,anywhr sorry Leopards,pirates are going to steal you to Orlando ocean.
posted: 06:27 pm
Leopards is not Cup material. They had a very easy way to the finals. If yu dnt knw what im talking about,look at al their opponents.
posted: 06:37 pm
Thanks Leopard this young coach was starting to arrogant and to believe that he is the best thing that has ever happened, thank you for saving him. I hope you will do the same to the Opharns and save us from mentally ill fans of this team. Arrows will commence the work and you just have to finish them off so that they can join their Tuckshop friends.
posted: 06:40 pm
Ro veta ku boroka n we are matching to mbombela to take the cup, veta leopards veta, Ayeye chibuku fc ayeye
posted: 06:43 pm
All good things have to come to an end at some point, your fairy tale is gone now. Just concentrate on being promoted to the first division and take it from there. Your inexpereince players were exposed during penalties, it was more like clearing the ball than to put at the back off the net. Lala ngoxolo, akuhlanga lungehliyo.
posted: 06:50 pm
Mr Glove...im sure the media is after you now as you invited their attention....You talk too much man Well done Leopards. UP THE BUCS
posted: 06:52 pm
Truly speaking Leopards did not deserve to be in the final,this boys were just unlucky.they completely dominated the match.penalties will always be a lottery no wonder we are finding a team like Leopards making the final.
But Mashego is wastreful just like his big brother at Bucs,I don't want him at Bucs,maybe Nkoana or Mnchango or their defence,which is just unbelievable in my eyes!
posted: 06:58 pm
Unlucky gents, fairy tales always come to an end. One team standing in my way, Kaizer Leopards. Up the Bucs
posted: 07:01 pm
Tiwani waka Mabaso was admitted to hospital yesterday due to heart failure after pirates scored. Thats why u hav been seeing reports 4rm Neville Khoza....we wish him quick recovery
posted: 07:02 pm
u could swear dat match waz a african sokka ritual wth muti all ova the pitch...lol
it was moo of battle of pedi vs venda inyangaas !!!
Jeeeezzz man wat kind of example a thy setting 2 young 1s wu wanna play da game mara??? hey ...on national tv .spilling substances nxa...
posted: 07:11 pm
borotho fc is out thanks to leopard. Mr glove was beggining to get on nerves.
posted: 07:12 pm
Guys DAmon was so unproffesional iwonder if he was seeing clearly,the game was nt fair
posted: 07:18 pm
i hpe Chips learnt frm Leopards hw 2 beat dis arrogant team, anyway i wntd Boroka 2 be in da final so dat Bucs wl demonish dem. i fil pity 4 Leopards, coz we wolnt show any mercy
posted: 07:22 pm
@ Zizpho:
uyangibulala, I wish him a speedy recovery.
@ tebotouch:
SA is one crazy place. I respect the research team of 'the University of Venda', they are one of the best in Africa. Hope there are no 'proffesors' amoungst the bloggers who are going to track and ... my ass. I think thier services are expensive that is why David Thidiela chooses his games. Mara nou bafike e pak station. Up the Bucs.
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