Mamelodi Sundowns’ bid to defend their Nedbank Cup crown came to an end on Sunday afternoon when they suffered defeat to Tshakhuma FC on penalties in the semi-finals. The two sides, who met earlier in the month in the DStv Premiership, could not be separated after two hours of football and needed to resort to a shootout to see which team would book their spot in the final to take on Chippa United. Ultimately, it was the team from Thohoyandou who came out on top, winning in the shootout after scoring all six of their spot kicks.
Coming into the tie, The Brazilians faced a relatively short turn around after their quarter-final victory over Orlando Pirates on Thursday night. Three players from that victory were missing from the Starting XI with Lebohang Maboe, Mosa Lebusa and Denis Onyango being replaced by Ricardo Goss, Ricardo Nascimento and Lesedi Kapinga.
The game started at a fair pace, with Masandawana controlling the possession but remaining wary of the threat on the counter-attack from TTM. The first clear cut chance of the day came after ten minutes when Lesedi Kapinga’s curled effort was saved by Washington Arubi in goals. That save set the tone for the next 120-minutes as the TTM shot-stopper put in an inspired performance to deny the likes of Sirino, Lakay and Vilakazi who all had chances to give the lead to Bafana Ba Style. At the other end, Goss was left relatively untroubled as the defence in front of him did their job.
Early in the second half the technical team pulled the trigger as they switched up the approach and brought on Lyle Lakay who created a host of scoring opportunities. Sibusiso Vilakazi, Hlompho Kekana and Brian Onyango all made their way onto the field in the bid to make the difference but it was not to be.
After an extra time period that followed the style of the regulation period it was left to a penalty shootout to decide which team would progress to the final. The first ten spot kicks were flawless with both teams not budging. Enter sudden-death and it was The Brazilians who missed first allowing TTM the opportunity to win the match which they took.
The result brings an end to an eight match winning streak in the Nedbank Cup and leaves Bafana Ba Style competing in the domestic league and the CAF Champions League for this season. Up next, a midweek fixture against AmaZulu as Mamelodi Sundowns look to kick on in the league.