Sundowns just squeeze past AmaZulu


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A 106th minute goal from Hlompho Kekana handed Mamelodi Sundowns a slender 2-1 win over AmaZulu in a Telkom Knockout quarterfinal match at Loftus stadium on Saturday night.

The 90 minutes ended 1-1 as Cuthbert Malajila’s 15th minute goal was cancelled out by a late strike from Bongani Ndulula.

It was not the most enticing of games as both teams lacked sharpness in attack and struggled to find their rhythm.

Sundowns saw the majority of the ball in the opening half and had their first real chance on goal in the 11th minute when Elias Pelembe fired inches wide from 20-yards out.

Four minutes later the Brazilians did take the lead as Cuthbert Malajila powerfully headed home a right wing cross, 1-0.

On the half hour mark Surprise Moriri should have doubled the home side’s lead when he broke through on goal, but AmaZulu keeper, Aubrey Mathibe produced a great stop in a one-on-one situation.

Neither side could add to the score tally before the break.

The second half continued in the same vein with both teams struggling for fluidity in their play.

AmaZulu did see more of the ball as they went in search of the equaliser, but the struggled to break down a stubborn Sundowns defence.

In fact, the first real chance of the half went the way of the Brazilians in the 64th minute when Hlompho Kekana fired narrowly wide from just outside the box.

AmaZulu threw numbers forward and pressed hard in the final 20 minutes and just as it looked to be lost, up pooped substitute Bongani Ndlulula in the 94th minute to level matters after making the most of some sloppy defending from Sundowns, 1-1.

The game entered an additional 30 minutes, the first half of which produced very little in terms of goalmouth action.

However, a minute into the second stanza of extra time Kekana fired a thunderbolt into the bottom corner of the net from 20-yards out to seal victory for Sundowns.

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 2 (Malajila 15’, Kekana 106’)
AmaZulu (0) 1 (Ndulula 90+4’)

Teams

Mamelodi Sundowns : Kennedy Mweene, Mario Booysen, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Thabo Nthethe, Tebogo Langerman, Asavela Mbekile (Bongani Zungu 61’), Elias Pelembe, Hlompho Kekana, Surprise Moriri (Themba Zwanw 84’), Khama Billiat (Ejike Uzoeny 55’), Cuthbert Malajila

AmaZulu : Aubrey Mathibe, Sedat Ouro-akoriko, Sfiso Hlanti, Willem Mwedihanga (Ayanda Dlamini 81’), Carlington Nyadombo, Nhlanhla Shabalala (Bongani Ndulula 65’), Paul Were Ooko (Philani Shange 46’), Goodman Dlamini, Khulekani Madondo, Nkosinathi Mthiyane, Bornwell Mwape

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