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Harry Gwala
02/11/2012 20:00

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Thabiso Nkoana and Sibusiso Zuma send SuperSport United through

Posted: 3 November 2012 Time: 09:17

Late strikes by Thabiso Nkoana and Sibusiso Zuma were the difference between SuperSport United and Maritzburg United in an exciting Telkom Knockout quarterfinal on Friday night.

For most of the match, both sides missed their scoring chances and at one stage the game looked set for extra-time.

But the introduction of Zuma as a substitute helped swing the tie in favour of SuperSport. Nkoana finished really well from the right side of the danger area after being brilliantly played in by Kermit Erasmus in the 73rd minute.

Then it was Zuma’s turn, just four minutes later. Approaching the danger area, Zuma played a chipped pass in towards a teammate, and after the ball was not cleared properly, he carried on with his own run and got into space to turn the ball into an empty net after the goalkeeper had committed.

The game only opened up in the second half and the opening stages lacked genuine scoring moments in the final third.

But around midway through the first half Mabhuti Khenyeza had a few chances on goal, but he could he get his timing right.

In the 32nd minute Delron Buckley came close with a long range shot which zipped over the crossbar.

Five minutes later SuperSport should have opened the scoring when Erasmus got through on goal with just Walters to beat but he put his volley wide.

The home side should have gone ahead in the 40th minute when Frank Sarfo-Gyamfi beat two men on the right wing and sent in an inviting cross, but Mario Booysen could only glance his header wide.

In the second half, Cuthbert Malajila found space, but Ronwen Williams closed him down and the Zimbabwean who could not fire a proper shot at goal.

In the 65th minute, Mthokozisi Yende could not make the most of his scoring chance as the game started to open up.

Then the visitors took advantage and Nkoana got the opener before Zuma clinched the game.

Overall, the better side won the game, which was admitted by Maritzburg coach Middendorp as well.

Previous comments on this story...

Mthinayi (Bugs Killer)
posted: 09:51 am
Why Kickoff you have to tell us yesterday's story today? I even forgot about this game.
Khosi lam
posted: 10:32 am
This dump team are still celebrating drawing against us kwaaaaa
Gucci Man
posted: 10:43 am
KICKOFF is dissapointing ............I mean really now
You only updating it now.........I doubt if it was Kaizer Chiefs,Sundowns or Pirates you'd post the outcome of the match 12hr later .
posted: 11:06 am
Ingathi the editors are feeling the effects of phuza friday, hangover is making dem slow....so let's preview this afternoon's match ourselves

Amazulu vs Sundowns

The two relegation-threatened teams playing,It is a bottom of the table clash...both teams in the league have equal dissapointing points nd compounded by their inability to score, we expecting a 1-0 result...bt hopefully since its a cup game both teams hv nthn to lose they shud throw everything @ each other nd make it an entertaining match!
posted: 11:50 am
Kick-off sucks. Yesterday news is History. Don't behave like gorillas who r still talking about trebles. Mxa
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 12:34 pm
I don't blame kickoff for this delay... It was not Chiefs that was playing.
Geel boy
posted: 12:59 pm
Tshwane teams on the loose, anyone to stop them?hmm! I dont think so
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 01:06 pm

Chiefs failed to beat Man U and pitted dem as the strong contenda for the black n white ambrela...it shuld be of great concern to Kaizer Sminya minya FC that teams like Pirates, SSU and Downs beat the teams they strugle against wth ease

the team they failed to beat is also out of competition...this tell us that Sminya minya FC is n average team full of grazing cows. their destiny lies in the FOURensic's....the wiping boys of FOUR by FOUR, the galaxy shining stars can not wait to pour more acid on their painful behind
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