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2/9/2022 12:00:00 AM

Rayners stunner wins it for SuperSport

PIC: Iqraam Rayners of Supersport United

Iqraam Rayners scored a winner two minutes from time as SuperSport United reached the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup for the first time since 2017 with a 1-0 victory over Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday.

In a game of few chances, it was Matsatsantsa who came out on top and it was a beautiful goal to win it.

He raced down the left flank and cut inside before unleashing a curling effort into the far corner. He has now scored three goals for SuperSport since joining at the start of last season, but all have come in knockout competitions. 

Maritzburg did not create enough to get anything from the game, but it is a result that will pile more pressure on coach Ernst Middendorp as his side exit at the first hurdle having been finalists in 2018.

Rayners earlier had a header that flashed narrowly wide of the goal, before he was denied by a fine stop from Maritzburg goalkeeper Marcel Engelhardt.

Ghampani Lungu tried a cheeky backheel effort that was again saved by the German keeper, while at the other end Ronwen Williams was called into action to deny Daylon Claasen.  

Friday Samu had the best chance of the match for the hosts when his persistence saw him beat two defenders and go one-on-one with Williams, but the Bafana Bafana number one saved with his feet.

In the other game on the day, GladAfrica Championship side Venda Football Academy, whose coach Johnny Ferreira lifted the Nedbank Cup competition with Witbank Black Aces in 1993, needed extra-time to see off Gauteng ABC Motsepe League side African All Stars.

The third-tier side actually took the lead when Delemo Lekhanya converted a penalty midway through the first half. 

But on-loan Simiso Bophela from Orlando Pirates equalised for the home side to take the game to extra-time, where they profited from an own goal and then a third via Rotonswa Mutsivhuli.

Venda, who were only formed at the start of this season, when the owners purchased the status of Cape United, were making their debut in the competition.

All Stars are the only third-tier side ever to play in three Nedbank Cup seasons, but like their previous appearances in 2016 and 2017, go out in the Last 32 to Limpopo opposition. 

  

LAST 32 RESULTS

Friday, February 4 

University of Pretoria (0) 2 (Maqoko 80’, Pheeane 81’) Chippa United 0

 

Richards Bay 0 Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 4 (Ralani 24, De Reuck 54’, Safranko 70’, Shalulile 88’)

 

Saturday, February 5

Swallows FC (0) 2 (Sasman 48’, Gamildien 52’) TS Sporting 1 (Fakude ??’)

 

TTM (0) 1 (Matete 68’) Lamontville Golden Arrows (0) 1 (Conco 75’)

After extra time; TTM won 7-6 on penalties

 

Sunday, February 6 

Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Hotto 53’) AmaZulu 0

 

Wednesday, February 9

Venda Football Academy 3 (Bophela 41’, own goal, Mutsivhuli 118’) Africa All Stars 1 (Lekhanya 19’pen)

Maritzburg United 0 SuperSport United 1 (Rayners 88’)

 

 

LAST 32 FIXTURES

Friday, February 11 

15h00: Uthongathi vs Summerfield Dynamos 

18h00: Stellenbosch FC vs Baroka FC

 

Saturday, February 12

15h00: NC Professionals vs Mathaithai

15h00: Platinum City Rovers vs Sekhukhune United

15h00: Royal AM vs Cape Town City

18h00: Kaizer Chiefs vs TS Galaxy

 

Sunday, February 13

15h00: Black Eagles vs FC Sivutsa

15h00: Marumo Gallants vs Santos FC

15h00: Sinenkani FC vs Free State Stars  

 

 

TOURNAMENT STATS 

Matches Played: 7

Goals Scored: 17

Biggest Victory: Richards Bay 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 4 (Feb. 4, Last 32)

Most Goals in a Game: 4 – Richards Bay 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 4 (Feb. 4, Last 32); Venda Football Academy 3 African All Stars 1 (Feb. 9, Last 32)

 

 

GOALSCORERS 

1 goal – Simiso Bophela (Venda Football Academy), Siboniso Conco (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Rushine de Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Fakude (TS Sporting), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Swallows FC), Delemo Lekhanya (African All Stars), Lulama Maqoko (University of Pretoria), Tsepo Matete (TTM), Rotonswa Mutsivhuli (Venda Football Academy), Kamogelo Pheeane (University of Pretoria), Surprise Ralani (Mamelodi Sundowns), Iqraam Rayners (SuperSport United), Pavol Safranko (Mamelodi Sundowns), Yagan Sasman (Swallows FC), Peter Shalulile (Mamelodi Sundowns)