Lakay sends Downs to Nedbank Cup final

Nedbank Cup

Mamelodi Sundowns will play Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of the Nedbank Cup after a 3-2 win over Bidvest Wits in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.

Nicholus Lukhubeni along with Rivaldo Coetzee returned to the Sundowns line-up while Lebohang Maboe came for the suspended Gaston Sirino. At the other end, Brighton Mhlongo made just his third appearance for Wits between the sticks.

Sundowns pushed for an early opener after Maboe forcefully pushed into the area from the far side, but Sifiso Hlanti’s sliding challenge thwarted the former Maritzburg United talisman.

The Clever Boys though should’ve taken the lead after poor piece of handling from Denis Onyango following Deon Hotto’s shot gave Cole Alexander an opening which he failed to utilise 12 minutes in.

A fast-paced move by Sundowns after pressing through the middle had Themba Zwane feeding off Sibusiso Vilakazi’s flick outside the area before bringing Mhlongo to a save at the midway stage.

Browse through the gallery above to see action from Sundowns' win over Wits.

With seven minutes left in the half, Sundowns were awarded a penalty after Buhle Mkwanazi had brought down Motjeka Madisha, allowing Ricardo Nascimento to convert the resultant spot-kick for the game's opening goal.

The Clever Boys looked for a more promising second stanza, as Kgaogelo Sekgota made way for Rowan Human while Zitha Macheke came in for Lorenzo Gordinho.

This intervention almost paid dividends instantly after Hotto ran onto a through ball from Alexander, but Onyango rushed off his line to deny the Namibian inside 52 minutes.

Terrence Dzvukamanja brought his side level after robbing Madisha off possession to go clear with Onyango before finding the far corner in the final 12 minutes.

Sundowns restored parity with nine minutes to go when Keletso Makgalwa latched took advantage of a rush of blood to the head from Mhlongo to slot into an empty net following a route one delivery.

Dzvukamanja rescued the Clever Boys again after getting around Madisha before finding the bottom corner five minutes from time following Phathushedzo Nange’s through ball.

However, the Brazilians had the last laugh though after Lyle Lakay sent a free-kick into the bottom corner in added time to send Sundowns into their second cup final of the season.

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