Arrows upset SuperSport in TKO

Telkom Knockout

Golden Arrows joined Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals following a 1-0 win over SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday night.

SuperSport re-called Dean Furman to the side along with Thamsanqa Gabuza, while Divine Lunga and Zolani Nkombela made a welcome return for Abafana Besthende.

United were off to a bright start as Thamsanqa Gabuza volleyed over the top of the crossbar inside two minutes following a cross in the middle.

The opener however came from the visitors when Lindokuhle Mtshali curled home a free-kick from the edge of the area on 11 minutes after Knox Mutizwa went down under a challenge.

SuperSport failed to launch a response thereafter, as Abafana Besthende neutralised every danger coming their way from the back to the front.

The away side came close to doubling the tally, however Michael Gumede failed to profit with the goal at his mercy following a cross from Mutizwa 19 minutes gone.

Matsatsantsa pushed towards the equaliser in the final minutes of the half but as much as the chances opened up, Gabuza and Bradley Grobler went off target.

Kaitano Tembo’s remained on the mend four minutes from the halftime break, but Arrows had every probable entry blocked with a reinforced defensive structure.

The home side enjoyed a big chunk of possession in the second half and found an opening on the far side for Teboho Mokoena, who applied a wayward finish in the end just after the hour mark.

Arrows coach Steve Komphela introduced his first change of the game when the goal-scorer Mtshali made way for Sibusiso Sibeko.

SuperSport were awarded a penalty when Lunga made contact with substitute Thabo Qalinge’s cross in the first minute of optional time, but Aubrey Modiba fired the resultant effort off the post.

Abafana Besthende advanced to the semi-finals of the TKO for the first time since 2011, as United bow out.

Teams:

SuperSport: Williams, Bhasera, Nhlapo, Kekana, Daniels, Furman, Mbule, Gabuza, Modiba, Grobler, Mokoena

Subs: Pule, Webber, Khumalo, Fleurs, Rusike, Mahachi, Qalinge

Arrows: Sibanda, S.Dube, Sibisi, Mathiane, Lunga, Mtshali, Phiri, Shitolo, Parusnath, M.Gumede, Mutizwa

Subs: N.Gumede, Dube, Nkombelo, Matloga,  Venter, Sibeko, Sibaya

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