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4/10/2022 12:00:00 AM

Royal AM claim last semifinal spot as tasty ties revealed

PIC: Zukile Mkhize of Royal AM FC takes a shot

Come-back kings Royal AM rallied from two goals down to defeat second-tier University of Pretoria 3-2 right at the death of their Nedbank Cup quarterfinal at a rain-soaked Chatsworth Stadium on Sunday.

Royal AM will host Mamelodi Sundowns in the first of the semifinal matches, while TTM will entertain holders Marumo Gallants.

The match between Royal AM, who have a reputation for late goals, and AmaTuks was played in treacherous conditions as the rain pelted down and water settled on the surface of the pitch.

Wonderboy Makhubu scored a brace of goals to put the GladAfrica Championship side 2-0 to the good, but when in-form Victor Letsoalo grabbed a brace of his own, the scores were level.

It looked as though the tie would go to extra-time, but Mfundo Thikazi scored a dramatic winner in the 94th minute.  

It was heartbreak for AmaTuks, who were excellent in parts of the match and they will now be left to concentrate on their promotion push for the rest of the season.

Makhubu scored his first with a close-range header from Malesela Chokoe’s cross  that left Hugo Nyame in the home goal with no chance.

His second was after a concerted bit of AmaTuks pressure, the ball falling to him in the area and he rifled a shot into the bottom corner of the net.

But the home side found a way back into the game when they were awarded a penalty just before the hour-mark. Letsoalo was brought down by AmaTuks goalkeeper Dumisani Msibi, a former player with Royal AM, and he picked himself up to convert the spot-kick himself.

From then on in, the home side piled on the pressure and it seemed only a matter of time before they found an equaliser.

It was Letsoalo who struck again, driving in a low shot in a cluttered penalty area to beat Msibi with 12 minutes remaining. 

And just as an extra 30 minutes loomed, Thikazi scored his second goal in three games with a simple finish at the back post after being set up by Sedwyn George.    

  

 

QUARTERFINAL RESULTS

Friday, April 8

TTM 3 (Ngwepe 69’, Amoojee 85’, Makha 100’) SuperSport United 2 (Donn 17’, Lungu 63’pen) 

After extra-time

 

Saturday, April 9

Marumo Gallants 1 (Dion 80’) Baroka FC 0

 

Mamelodi Sundowns 5 (Sirino 8’, Kapinga 12’, Erasmus 52’, 64’, Safranko 90’) Summerfield Dynamos 0

 

Sunday, April 10

Royal AM 3 (Letsoalo 58’pen, 78’, Thikazi 90’) University of Pretoria 2 (Makhubu 19’, 27’)

 

 

TOURNAMENT STATS 

Matches Played: 28

Goals Scored: 74

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) 

 

 

GOALSCORERS 

3 goals – Sede Dion (Marumo Gallants), Wonderboy Makhubu (University of Pretoria)

2 – Naeem Amoojee (TTM), Kermit Erasmus (Mamelodi Sundowns), Thabiso Kutumela (Mamelodi Sundowns), Victor Letsoalo (Royal AM), Rotondwa Mutsivhuli (Venda Football Academy), Surprise Ralani (Mamelodi Sundowns), Pavol Safranko (Mamelodi Sundowns)

1 – Keegan Allan (University of Pretoria), Simiso Bophela (Venda Football Academy), Siboniso Conco (Lamontville Golden Arrows), Rushine de Reuck (Mamelodi Sundowns), Jesse Donn (SuperSport United), Sibusiso Fakude (TS Sporting), Banele Gama (Venda Football Academy), Ruzaigh Gamildien (Swallows FC), Deon Hotto (Orlando Pirates), Andile Jali (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lesedi Kapinga (Mamelodi Sundowns), Augustine Kwem (TS Galaxy), Delemo Lekhanya (African All Stars), Ghampani Lungu (SuperSport United), Yusuf Maart (Sekhukhune United), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kabelo Mahlasela (Royal AM), Tumelo Makha (TTM), Sabata Manele (Mathaithai), Rhulani Manzini (TTM), 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), Tumi Ngwepe (TTM), Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo (Marumo Gallants), Simphiwe Ndlovu (Platinum City Rovers), Rendani Ndou (TTM), Mbongeni Ngcobo (FC Sivutsa), Lantshene Phalane (Royal AM), Kamogelo Pheeane (University of Pretoria), Selaelo Rasebotja (SuperSport United), Iqraam Rayners (SuperSport United), 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), Gaston Sirino (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sekela Sithole (Baroka FC), Gerald Takwara (Venda Football Academy), Rankoko Tau (Venda Football Academy), Mfundo Thikazi (Royal AM), Mcedi Vandala (Summerfield Dynamos), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Own goals – Tumelo Bodibe (Black Eagles), Sipho Maluleke (Baroka FC), Relebogile Mokhuoane (Cape Town City)