The final piece of the puzzle was completed last night at Orlando Stadium as Mamelodi Sundowns beat Bloemfontein Celtic by a goal to nil to clinch the Nedbank Cup and make it a treble. Masandawana won their second trophy in the space of seven days. They have won the Telkom Knockout, Absa Premiership title and the Nedbank Cup in the 2019/20 season.
For the clash against Celtics, a few changes were made which saw Dennis Onyango replacing Kennedy Mweene as well as welcoming back Thapelo Morena into the twenty man squad after he was injured in the opening game of the Nedbank Cup against SuperSport United.
In the first minute the intentions were clear that an early goal would be vital. Themba Zwane had an opportunity in the first minute after some great footwork and a shibobo but his shot sailed high and could not find the target. Siwelele also took the game to Masandawana and captain Ndumiso Mabena took a shot in the eleventh minute but Onyango had it covered. Going into the first cooling break the combination of Zwane and Maboe was proving to be a menace for the Celtic’s defence but they were just not finding that elusive goal, the man between the sticks for the Bloemfontein side, Chaine, was kept busy. The first half ended in a stalemate.
In the first fifteen minutes of the second half, Gaston Sirino had two glorious chances as one just missed by inches and his second hit the upbright with Chaine well beaten. It took seventy-nine minutes for Sirino to finally beat Chaine and give the Brazilians the deserved lead in the final, as he took a shot from range to give Masandawana hope of achieving the treble.
The eighty-ninth minute saw Siwelele come close with a set-piece but Onyango was aware and managed to save the situation. With minutes running out on the board Coach Pitso Mosimane brought on Morena for Lakay.
The treble has been achieved Masandawana, Halala!!!
How we lined up:
Onyango, Ngcongca, Madisha, Nascimento, Lakay (‘94 Morena), Coetzee, Kekana, Mkhulise (‘86 Makgalwa), Sirino, Maboe, Zwane (‘86Mkhuma)
Mweene, Makgalwa, Mkhuma, Morema, Mabunda, Jali, Meza, Langerman, Arendse