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AmaZulu reach Nedbank Cup Final

Posted: 15 May 2010 Time: 23:15

AmaZulu beat Mamelodi Sundowns 4-3 on penalties after the sides were tied 1-1 after extra-time to reach the Nedbank Cup Final where they will face Bidvest Wits.

The goals were scored by Lebogang Mokoena for Downs 74th minute and Sandile Gumede got the equaliser in the 89th minute to take the game to extra-time.

Usuthu had the better of first half exchanges, looking more threatening and energetic in attack.

Sundowns did have their fair share of ball possession, but their forays into the AmaZulu half were often over-elaborated, with too many passes enabling the make-shift Usuthu defence to snuff out any potential danger.

It was Ngwenya’s 32nd minute headed flick which should have lead to the opening goal as Dlamini’s pace forced Baloyi into a foul with the result that a penalty was awarded.

However, the KZN side were unable to profit from the spot kick as Baloyi saved from Tsweu Mokoro, who then blasted the rebound over the bar.

AmaZulu defender Siphiwe Mkonza had a decent chance eight minutes after the break, but was unable to react quickly enough to keep his close range shot on target.

Sundowns though began to find their rhythm, looking increasingly purposeful in attack and dominating ball possession, while AmaZulu lacked the same energy they had shown in the first 45 minutes.

Mokoena though should have out Downs ahead in the 56th minute when set up by Vilakazi, but he sent an angled shot across the goal-mouth.

The Pretoria side remained patient though, continuing to pass the ball around while probing for gaps.

And their persistence finally paid off in the 74th minute when Mokoena was put through on goal, doing the business with a delicate chip over Gindre and into goal off the underside of the goal.

Abdullah Ishaka looked to try and muster an immediate reply for Neil Tovey’s men, but his cracking long range drive was kept out by Baloyi.

Thabo Mabaso, Siboniso Gumede and Thami Sangweni also had opportunities, but they were only half chances and Baloyi was not called into action.

However, AmaZulu were not going to go down without a fight and they scored a dramatic 90th minute equaliser when Sandile Gumede headed home from close range after Downs were unable to deal with Mkhonza’s long throw-in, sending the game into extra time.

The Durban team survived an early scare in extra time when Mathew Pattison’s long range free kick crashed against the bar.

Apart from that though, it was Usuthu who were more threatening in extra time, although they were not able to create any clear-cut chances.

With both teams tiring from their efforts, a penalty shoot-out looked the only way to settle the tie.

Gindre gave AmaZulu the immediate advantage when he saved from Pattison, but Mkhonza restored parity when he blasted over.

Mokoena and Ishaka both slotted their efforts away before Gindre again put AmaZulu in front when he stopped Luvhengo Mungomeni’s effort.

Sandile Gumede and James Mayinga put their penalties into the back of net, leaving Mokoro to keep AmaZulu’s advantage in tact.

But it was not to be his side as his kick struck the upright.

Still the drama continued though – after Vuyo Mere and Dlamini both scored, Gindre again saved, this time from Vilakazi.

It was left to Litha Ngxabi to seal the game for Usuthu, and he did so, sending the ball past Baloyi’s outstretched hands.

AmaZulu: (4-4-2): Gindre, Biyela, Mkhonza, Chintu (Siboniso Gumede 46’), Ishaka; Mabaso, Sangweni, Sikhakane (Ngxabi 74’), Mokoro; Ngwenya (Sandile Gumede 80’), Dlamini.

Sundowns: (4-4-): Baloyi; Mere, Xulu, Mungomeni, Mayinga; Mmotong, Nyandoro (Ncaca 112’), Pattison, Mokoena; Vilakazi, Katongo (Phala 67’)

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:52 pm
Where's tad tonki called i hate kaizer chiefs fans?once again panty ya mmae.
Anonymous
posted: 11:54 pm
Adliwe ama-donkey ase Domkop. hi kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa hikikikikikiki
Anonymous
posted: 11:54 pm
hahahahahahahahahahahaha, what did i say, oksalayo neither Sundowns or Pirates will win this cup..why, theyr complete losers..hahaha, i was insulted!!!

Well who remembers FC Cape Town now? LOL..an exit is an exit, sies on u Sundowns..no cup calibre whatsoever..poor Motsepe, his millions gone down the drain once again..iphi imali 2 purchase Klate now tltltlt..poor poor Motsepe, has 2 dig deep in2 his pockets for his useless team..dayisa lento Motsepe

Wonder
Ao..askies my fellow blogger..go surround come surround hahaha

Khosi's..lets celebrate*
Anonymous
posted: 11:56 pm
Good game. Pattison deserves to be in the bafana, he offers more to the game than Khuboni and Davids combined.
Anonymous
posted: 11:56 pm
Smallicious : 2010-05-15 23:18


If u are a KFC or PiePie fan plz dont comment here. Lets try to be relevant.

I AM A KHOSI BY BIRTH, FOR LIFE & EVEN AFTER DEATH AND WOULD LIKE TO CONGRATULATE AMAZULU AND WITS FOR REACHING THE FINAL. TO SUNDOWNS & FREE STATE STARS I SAY 'WELCOME TO THE LONG OFF SEASON.
Anonymous
posted: 11:58 pm
After spending Millions of rands signing players left,right & centre but still cannot with a single trophy. I think u r also cursed like Pee-Rats . another dry season ? Kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa
Anonymous
posted: 12:00 am
The only chloorkak sapota who can think straight is wonder. The rest!jo mma we.
Anonymous
posted: 12:01 am
AB which Free State team is taking the Cup? Stop smoking.

Wonder misery loves company but have grace and enjoy your pain and disappointment on your own. Leave us out of this cos we had our share.
Anonymous
posted: 12:02 am
AB: 2010-05-15 23:32 [ Report ]


the cup is going to FREE STATE

I ALMOST LAUGHED BUT THEN WHEN I LOOKED AT THE TIME THIS COMMENT WAS MADE 23:32 I REALISED ITS THE EXECT TIME MOST PEOPLE START DREAMING IN THEIR SLEEP. HOW DOES THE CUP END UP IN FREE STATE WHEN THE TWO TEAMS IN THE FINAL ARE FROM GP & KZN.
Anonymous
posted: 12:04 am
Pirates and Clowns are really competing with each for the Biggest Flop of the decade award..tltltlt


Anonymous
posted: 12:04 am
Pitso & perreira when r u going 2 cal matti in ur national team?
Anonymous
posted: 12:09 am
@pearl.flop of the decade? He he he.pirates is gona take this 1.
Anonymous
posted: 12:11 am
Inyokeluhlaza. Umabonabulale, Viva uSuthu Viva. Hebe Usuthu Hebe Usthu
Anonymous
posted: 12:48 am
Pearl & All psl sh*t did u know that in the past 17 years ur Chiefs only won the league 2x? Before those two seasons it had been 12 years of league failure.
Anonymous
posted: 01:30 am
justice: 2010-05-15 10:33 [ Report ]


tso nisongo vhilela rido wina na musi khamazulu rayo tamba makhaula khani ndaa!

Hard luck Tso. Hard luck Justice. TshiVenda tshiri, "Ri do ri ndi mbidi ro vhona mavhala."
Anonymous
posted: 05:22 am
we know sean and we also know in that 12 years they were winning everything else except the league. what are pirates winning?
Anonymous
posted: 06:09 am
sundowns u r 8 yrz behnd pie ratz cme guyz eh it cnt be pie ratz alone in thz decade hunger well dne
Anonymous
posted: 06:39 am
Members of the forum, can we please go and fill Soccer City? Now that Downs,Bucs and Chiefs are out, we can all do whats best for Mzantsi and go out there to support the final without helping our enemy look or feel big!
Anonymous
posted: 06:45 am
So which socer city is circus going 2 open???i slept peacefuly mamelodi was so hush hush...!bla bla bla circus...kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa kwa!!! Shaapaaa amabheshu ankone shaaaaapaaa!
Anonymous
posted: 06:48 am
Football is full of suprises. Nw, all the top 3 dogs are out.
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