Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned MTN8 Cup competition Champions after a thrilling penalty shootout against Cape Town City at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
Both teams played their part in absorbing the pressure from the beginning of the encounter, Bafana Ba Style’s Rivaldo Coetzee was the first to break the ice in the opening minutes with a shot towards Hugo Marques in goals. The Brazilians continued building up their momentum and pressing forward in immense pressure looking for an opening goal.
Thapelo Morena fired Masandawana into the lead after 25 minutes of play, finding the roof of the net from Thabiso Kutumela’s inch-perfect pass with a first-time strike. It was a goal worthy of deciding any contest, however moments later City’s attackers were just as determined to make a statement, Mduduzi Mdantshane’s shot at goal went slightly over the bar as he looked to equalize.
Another goal scare for Masandawana followed just before the half time break, this time defender and Captain Thamsanqa Mkhize saw an opportunity to equalize, however Downs shot stopper Denis Onyango was ready to put it out of sight.
After the break both sides looked to harass each other into making errors with an intense high press. The Brazilians made changes immediately as the game returned, Kermit Erasmus was given the chance in the entertaining clash, whilst Neo Maema, S’phelele Mkhulise, Aubrey Modiba, Haashim Domingo and Sibusiso Vilakazi were introduced at a later stage.
The closing stages of the game saw the match turn into an end-to-end encounter as both sides took turns attacking. City’s pressure eventually paid off as Fagrie Lakay found the back of the net to level the matters and keep his team in the race for the Wafa-Wafa trophy. After an entertaining 1-1 draw in Durban, extra time was set to separate the two determined teams, however that also was not enough to decide on the winners of the cup competition, and it was to a penalty shootout that was set to determine the outcome.
Bafana Ba Style had a very dramatic ending in their Cup quest with the Ugandan international goalie saving the majority of City’s penalty shots as the game went to sudden death. The Brazilians triumphed 3-2 in the spot kicks to end their long awaited MTN8 Cup drought and Onyango was awarded Man of the match award for his fantastic performance.
This is how we lined up: D. Onyango, R. Coetzee (114′ Vilakazi), M. Lebusa, K. Mudau (80′ Maema), L. Lakay (114′ Domingo), T. Morena, G. Kekana, A. Jali, T. Kutumela (45′ Erasmus), T. Zwane (100, P. Shalulile
Subs: K. Mweene, R. De Reuck, A. Modiba, H. Domingo, S. Mkhulise, K. Erasmus, N. Maema, S. Vilakazi, P. Safranko