FC AK survive after penalty shoot-out
Posted: 17 March 2008 Time: 10:26
FC AK must still be thanking the soccer gods for escaping with a 4-3 victory on penalties against Vodacom side Yebo Yes United in a tightly contested Nedbank Cup game at Meadowlands Stadium on Saturday.
Yebo Yes deserved to walk away with victory as they were all over the First Division side, especially in the second half; but the Orlando Pirates reserve side was let down by poor shooting, with strikers Mdududzi Nyanga and Siyabulela Khali being the main culprits.
Nyanga had two clear chances to score with only goalkeeper Oscar Ramogoadi to beat but opted to hold onto with the ball until FC AK’s defenders cleared the danger inside their 18-area box.
FC AK open the score sheet against the run of play when Leandro Alves Da Cunha drew blood in the 21st minute.
This was after Yebo Yes goalkeeper Abel Metsimetsi’s clearance landed at his feet and he released a shot into the back of the net.
Yebo Yes coach Patrick Ntshayisa brought in Kyle Koert for former Under-17 star Oscar Mbele.
Koert’s introduction seemed to inspire the young Bucs attack.
He was involved in creating a number of good goal scoring opportunities and one of them found striker Siyabulela Khali in good position to score four minutes before half time.
Nyanga put his team into the lead in 58th minute after taking FC AK midfielder Ayanda Mkhumbeni for tribal dance on the right flank. He picked his spot and beat the goalkeeper’s hands down.
Just when everybody seemed to give Yebo Yes the nod, FC AK’s second half substitute Alois Bunjira decided otherwise and scored the equaliser 30 seconds before full time to send the game into extra time.
FC AK scored their penalties through Chris Manoka, Elasto Kapowezha, Leandro Da Cunha and Ascar Ramogoadi whilst Charles Yohane’s penalty was saved. Siyabulela Khali and Kyle Koert were the main culprits in missing penalties for Yebo Yes United, whilst their teammates Mositeqi Moholane, Muzi Nene and Sizwe Nyambi all made their shots pay.