Royal AM, AmaTuks book Nedbank Cup quarterfinal places
PIC: Musa Nyatama of Swallows FC challenged by Thabo Matlaba of Royal AM
Kabelo Mahlasela scored his first goal since September as Royal AM advanced to the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup with a 1-0 win over Swallows FC at the Dobsonville Stadium on Friday.
In a game of few chances, Mahlasela provided the decisive moment as he played an excellent one-two with Mxolisi Macuphu on the edge of the box before firing past Jody February in the home goal.
It was an excellent piece of play to win the game and earns Royal AM a second visit to the quarterfinals after they reached that stage in 2020 but lost 4-0 to BidVest Wits.
After a cagey first 55 minutes in which there were few chances, Swallows were awarded a penalty when Royal AM midfielder Jabulani Ncobeni blocked a cross with his arm.
Veteran playmaker Lebohang Mokoena took on the responsibility of the spot-kick but his effort was weak and too close to goalkeeper Hugo Nyame, who made a comfortable save.
Swallows had a few half-chances after that but poor decision-making in the final third cost them again, as it has for much of the season.
Friday’s first Last 16 match had just about everything you could imagine – six goals, two of which were penalties, extra-time and then a shoot-0out to decide the winners.
The 2009 Nedbank Cup finalists University of Pretoria eventually triumphed 4-3 on spot-kicks after the teams had played to a 3-3 draw, with AmaTuks taking the lead in the game and then forced to fight back, only lead again and have to settle for a draw.
Thabang Sibanyoni opened the scoring for them after 12 minutes, but goals from Banele Gama and Rankoko Tau turned the tie in the favour of the home side in their ‘slaughterhouse’ of the Thohoyandou Stadium.
AmaTuks responded with a penalty through Keegan Allan to level the tie again and send the game to extra-time.
The visitors then took the lead through Wonderboy Makhubu with his first goal in over two years, since he netted for TTM against Cape United in February 2020.
But Venda were not done yet and when they received a penalty for a handball in the box, Zimbabwe international Gerald Takwara stepped up to convert the spot-kick and make the score 3-3.
That meant a penalty shoot-out and it was AmaTuks who held their nerve as goalkeeper Thakasani Mbanjwa saved from Sedzani Mudau and Tau missed to send the Tshwane side into the quarterfinals for the first time since 2010.
LAST 16 RESULTS
Tuesday, March 8
Mamelodi Sundowns 6 (Ralani 2’, Zwane 4’, Kutumela 66’, 72’, Maboe 83’, Jali 88’) Mathaithai FC 0
Wednesday, March 9
Marumo Gallants 1 (Ndlondlo 20’pen) Orlando Pirates 1 (Shandu 30’)
After extra time; Gallants win 5-4 on penalties
Friday, March 11
Venda Football Academy 3 (Gama 16’, Tau 65’, Takwara 115’pen) University of Pretoria 3 (Sibanyoni 12’, Allan 74’pen, Makhubu 96’)
After extra-time; AmaTuks win 4-3 on penalties
Swallows FC 0 Royal AM 1 (Mahlasela 79’)
LAST 16 FIXTURES
Saturday, March 12
15h00 – Sinenkani FC vs TTM
18h00 – Platinum City Rovers vs SuperSport United
Sunday, March 13
15h00 – Summerfield Dynamos vs Black Eagles
18h00 – TS Galaxy vs Baroka FC
Matches Played: 20
Goals Scored: 51
Biggest Victory: Mamelodi Sundowns 6 Mathaithai FC 0 (March 8, Last 16)
Most Goals in a Game: 6 – Mamelodi Sundowns 6 Mathaithai FC 0 (March 8, Last 16); Venda Football Academy 3-3 University of Pretoria (March 11, Last 16)
2 goals – Sede Dion (Marumo Gallants), Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Rotondwa Mutsivhuli (Venda Football Academy), Surprise Ralani (Mamelodi Sundowns)
1 – Keegan Allan (University of Pretoria), Simiso Bophela (Venda Football Academy), Siboniso Conco (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Rushine de Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Fakude (TS Sporting), Banele Gama (Venda Football Academy), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Swallows FC), Deon Hotto (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (Mamelodi Sundowns), Augustine Kwem (TS Galaxy), Delemo Lekhanya (African All Stars), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kabelo Mahlasela (Royal AM), Wonderboy Makhubu (University of Pretoria), Sabata Manele (Mathaithai), Lulama Maqoko (University of Pretoria), Thami Masiya (Baroka FC), Tsepo Matete (TTM), Khanyisa Mayo (Cape Town City), Sanele Mgwaba (Black Eagles), Sibongiseni Mkhize (Sinenkani), Teboho Modise (Mathaithai), Luxolo Nabo (Black Eagles), Olwethu Ncube (Black Eagles), Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo (Marumo Gallants), Simphiwe Ndlovu (Platinum City Rovers), Mbongeni Ngcobo (FC Sivutsa), Lantshene Phalane (Royal AM), Kamogelo Pheeane (University of Pretoria), Iqraam Rayners (SuperSport United), Pavol Safranko (Mamelodi Sundowns), Yagan Sasman (Swallows FC), Moeketsi Sekola (Free State Stars), Peter Shalulile (Mamelodi Sundowns), Bandile Shandu (Orlando Pirates), Mphumelwa Shongwe (FC Sivutsa), Thabang Sibanyoni (University of Pretoria), Gerald Takwara (Venda Football Academy), Rankoko Tau (Venda Football Academy), Mcedi Vandala (Summerfield Dynamos), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Own goals – Relebogile Mokhuoane (Cape Town City)