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Nedbank Cup Team of the Round Last 16 Ke Yona

Posted: 3 April 2014 Time: 12:11

We select our Team of the Last 16 for the 2014 Nedbank Cup, with some interesting names popping up.

GOALKEEPER
Virgil Vries (Maritzburg United)
There was only one penalty shoot-out in the Last 16 and Namibian goalkeeper Virgil Vries emerged the hero for Maritzburg United over Platinum Stars. But even before the shoot-out Vries had made a number of outstanding saves to keep his team in the content as Stars dominated possession and territory.

RIGHT-BACK
Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United)
Rampaging fullback Khumalo loves to get forward and he was at his enterprising best against Moroka Swallows. He always made himself available in attack and did his defensive duties with aplomb as well. A top showing.

CENTRE-BACK
Rooi Mahamutsa (Orlando Pirates)
Mahamutsa has been beset by injury this season and only recently retruned for Orlando Pirates. But it was like he had never been away as the Buccaneers defeated Santos 2-0, with Mahamutsa on the scoresheet. He kept The People’s Team at bay with a superb display at the back. 

CENTRE-BACK
Ivan Bukenya (Kaizer Chiefs)
Bukenya was given a rare start for Kaizer Chiefs as they edged ABC Motsepe League side FC Buffalo 2-1. Bukenya was on the scorehseet with his first goal for the club, but also looked assured at the back as Amakhosi were put under some pressure by their third-tier opposition.

LEFT-BACK
Mzikayise Mashaba (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Mashaba has made the left-back position his own at Mamelodi Sundowns in recent weeks and is a potent attacking threat for them. He can also play as a winger and loves to go past players with his pace and trickery. He is a fine defender too. 

RIGHT MIDFIELD
Thuso Phala (SuperSport United)
Phala’s pace and power on the wing make him a tricky customer and he was at his best again against Moroka swallows as SuperSport won 1-0. Phala got the goal with a typically brilliant finish and was a thorn in the side of The Birds all night.

CENTRAL MIDFIELD
Papy Faty (BidVest Wits)
Faty’s two goals in BidVest wits’ 4-1 win over AmaZulu earned him the Goals4Goals prize for the Last 16 – R10 000 in his own pocket and R10 000’s worth of soccer kit to a school of his choice. The Burundi midfielder is the complete player with goals, vision, power and a high work-rate making him one of the best in the PSL.

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CENTRAL MIDFIELD
Musa Nyatama (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Nyatama makes it two in a row, having also been included in the Team of the Last 32 for his hat-trick performance against University of Stellenbosch. He scored again in the 2-1 win over Witbank Spurs, but aside from the goal he gave a powerful performance in the middle of the park, helping Celtic to control the game.

LEFT MIDFIELD
Muziwandile Khwela (African Warriors)
Khwela does not usually find himself on the left wing, but he gets there in out team after an excellent display in the 1-0 win over Milano United that saw African Warriors reach the quarterfinals for the second straight year. He is a name to remember.

STRIKER
Mduduzi Mabaso (FC Buffalo)
Mabaso put in a lively performance for FC Buffalo against the mighty Kaizer Chiefs and was unlucky not to force a late equaliser for his team in their 2-1 loss. Plenty will have sat up and taken notice of his talent and his thunderous shot against the post late on was oh so close to a famous equaliser. 

STRIKER
Anthony Laffor (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Laffor is both a scorer and provider of goals and he was at his best as Mamelodi Sundowns eased past Golden Arrows with a 4-1 victory. Laffor scored one of his side’s goals, but it was his all-round trickery that caught the eye as he created chance after chance for teammates. The Liberian international was a real stand-out performer.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2014-04-03 10:20:34

Ay bo bafethu.....

Aint Sbusiso Khumalo a left back Cowditor???

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2014-04-03 10:21:08

TRZ's Fikizolo???

DoubleActionTsekof
posted: 2014-04-03 10:29:55

GinoFeelo Balotelli  Labo lova no longer write their names they're tired of embarrassing their families they are now insulting our intelligence. 

Sir T
posted: 2014-04-03 10:49:44

RIGHT-BACK- Sibusiso Khumalo (SuperSport United)?

Temosho1
posted: 2014-04-03 12:06:43

Theres one player who does not deserve to be,Bukenya,he failed against a very weak team called Buffalo FC,he must ship out of that team,otherwise ke covered ka that team.

muhyo1
posted: 2014-04-03 12:31:10

@tembosh1 explaine how bukenya failed we all know bafalo didn't score a single goal

muhyo1
posted: 2014-04-03 12:32:58

@tembosh1 u didn't watch th game u attack him becos he is frm chiefs shame!!

zebra4lyf
posted: 2014-04-03 13:16:21

Sir T I wonder which Khumalo z he refering to because the one I know (Sibusiso) is a left back but can also play as a left winger, he once played for the under 20 National Side. Mr editor which kind of weed r u smoking or is your television set up-side down

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