Super sub Masiya puts Baroka FC into the Last 16
PIC: Thami Masiya of Baroka FC celebrates scoring
Talk about making an entrance! Baroka FC substitute Thami Masiya scored the winning goal just 11 seconds after entering the game as the Limpopo side defeated hosts Stellenbosch FC in their Nedbank Cup Last 32 game Friday.
It is doubtful there has been a quicker goal scored by a replacement in South African football history, as he strolled onto the pitch and picked up a wayward pass from Stellies centre-back Zitha Macheke.
That put Masiya through on goal and he blasted the ball into the back of the net from the edge of the box to stun the home side, whose wound was very much self-inflicted.
Baroka just about deserved the win in a game that never reached great heights, with both teams wayward in their shooting and showing plenty of signs of rust.
Baroka have a fine pedigree in the Nedbank Cup, having been semifinalists in 2011 as a third-tier side, in 2016 when they were in the second-tier, and in 2020 when a topflight side.
They will hope to go one better and be in the final this year, but will likely have to improve their performance quite considerably.
Stellenbosch handed a debut to Venezuelan forward Juan Ortiz and defensive midfielder Sibongiseni Mthethwa, while Baroka gave a run to lively teenage winger Ntiyiso Bombi.
Argentine forward Junior Mendieta had two chances for the home side in the first half. He shot weakly at Baroka goalkeeper Elvis Chipezeze when well placed in the six-yard box, and then blasted over from the edge of the area.
Ashley du Preez looked to have made an excellent run behind the Baroka defence to go one-on-one with the keeper but was flagged for offside in a very tight call. He looked more on than off.
Baroka almost profited from a nervy moment from Stephens when he dropped a routine catch from a cross and recovered the ball just in time ahead of the advancing Manuel Kambala.
Ortiz had an excellent chance to give the home side the lead when he was teed up by De Preez, but he blazed over the bar with a disappointing finish.
Evidence Makgopa headed wide with good chance, before Masiya opened the scoring on 72 minutes as he strolled onto the field and netted immediately.
In the earlier fixture on Friday, KwaZulu-Natal ABC Motsepe League side Summerfield Dynamos defeated GladAfrica Championship outfit Uthongathi in a provincial derby.
Clinton Larsen’s Dynamos took the lead in the first half through Mcedi Vandala, a player who has some experience in this competition with EC Bees in 2018.
Former Bafana Bafana midfielder Papi Zothwane is the coach of Uthongathi and came up against former boss Larsen.
The win for Dynamos ensures there will be a minimum of three third-tier teams in the Last 16.
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’, Mutsivhuli 113’, 118’) Africa All Stars 1 (Lekhanya 19’pen)
Maritzburg United 0 SuperSport United 1 (Rayners 88’)
Friday, February 11
15h00: Uthongathi 0 Summerfield Dynamos 1 (Vandala 22’)
18h00: Stellenbosch FC 0 Baroka FC 1 (Masiya 72’)
LAST 32 FIXTURES
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
Matches Played: 9
Goals Scored: 19
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)
2 goals – Rotonswa Mutsivhuli (Venda Football Academy)
1 – Simiso Bophela (Venda Football Academy), Siboniso Conco (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Rushine de Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Fakude (TS Sporting), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Swallows FC), Deon Hotto (Orlando Pirates), Delemo Lekhanya (African All Stars), Lulama Maqoko (University of Pretoria), Thami Masiya (Baroka FC), Tsepo Matete (TTM), 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), Mcedi Vandala (Summerfield Dynamos)