Chippa KO City, Richards Bay & Callies Through
Chippa United, Richards Bay and Pretoria Callies qualified for the quarter-finals of the Nedbank Cup after Sunday’s matches.
Pretoria Callies P(5)0-0(4) JDR Stars
Pretoria Callies beat JDR Stars 5-4 in a penalty shootout after a goalless draw at the Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.
It was goalless after 90 minutes of the all-Tshwane encounter, forcing the two GladAfrica Championship sides to play an extra 30 minutes of football.
But still no goals could be scored, with the result having to be decided by the penalty shoot-out
TS Sporting 1-2 Richards Bay
Richards Bay came back from a goal down to beat TS Sporting 2-1 at the Mbombela Stadium.
Both teams probably should have been awarded penalties in the first half but Jabulani Dhladhla’s tackle on Lwandile Mabuya midway through the half was overlooked by Abongile Tom, as was Marlon Heugh’s taking out of Chawanangwa Kaonga a few minutes later.
And while TS Sporting were perhaps the better side overall, there were no goals at halftime.
While Richards Bay came more into the game in the second half, it was Sporting who took the lead.
Decide Chauke, who is being monitored by some DStv Premiership teams, put Sporting into the lead in the 72nd minute, heading in from a corner, and while Heugh got to it, he was unable to keep the bouncing ball out of the net.
Richards Bay were awarded a penalty in the 76th minute when Mabuya was brought down in the box by Matome Mabeba. Khanyiso Mayo sent Abram Ngcobo the wrong way, and it was level again.
Mayo completed the comeback, something which has been part of Richards Bay’ DNA this season, as he curled in a great free kick in the 86th minute to give his team the lead.
Simo Dladla’s GladAfrica log leaders into the last eight.
Chippa United 2-1 Cape Town City AET
Chippa beat City 2-1 after extra time at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Sunday evening.
It was City with the early initiative, but it was Chippa who took the lead in the 28th minute as Augustine Kwem was played onside by Craig Martin, and made no mistake in beating Peter Leeuwenburgh.
Ayanda Mtshali made a good save in the 38th minute to deny Mdu Mdantsane from point blank range, following a defensive mix-up.
At halftime Chippa lead 1-0 in Gqeberha.
After some sustained pressure from City, it was their Nigerian debutant, Abdul Ajagun, who found the equaliser in the 67th minute. The former Panathinaikos midfielder had only just come onto the pitch, and scored from close range.
Mtshali was back in action in the 74th minute, making a close range save from Tashreeq Morris.
But there was no winner in 90 minutes, and the match went to extra time.
Leeuweburgh made an excellent save to deny Peter Maloisane six minutes into extra time as Chippa threatened City’s goal.
City played with ten men for ten minutes as officials debated whether City were allowed to make another change, with Thami Mkhize eventually replacing the injured Ajagun.
Craig Martin should’ve scored just before the break in extra-time, but after a good run, he shot into the side-netting.
The second 15 minutes was disrupted by a slew of injuries as Martin, Keanu Cupido, Abbubaker Mobara and Taariq Fielies all seemed to be struggling, after having had to put in an extra effort earlier, when the substitute was not allowed.
With five minutes to go Bienvenu Eva Nga put Chippa ahead with a neat back-heel finish.
It would prove to be the winner, as Dan Malesela’s team go through to the quarters.