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SuperSport goalkeeper wants CAF success to add to MTN8 glory – 2017 CAF Confederation Cup


Ronwen Williams of Supersport United celebrates after saving a penalty during the 2017 Nedbank Cup semifinal game between Chippa United and Supersport United at Sisa Dukashe Stadium, East London on 20 May 2017 © Luigi Bennett/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Oct 16, 2017. 17:00


SuperSport United goalkeeper Ronwen Williams is hopeful that the club can add CAF Confederation Cup success to this past weekend’s MTN8 triumph.

Williams was the hero in a penalty shootout as United defeated Cape Town City on post-match kicks to claim the MTN8 title in Durban on Saturday.

And the ‘keeper will need to be at his best again this coming weekend when the South Africans travel to Tunisia to face Club Africain in the second leg of the teams’ Confederation Cup semifinal, which is locked at 1-1 after the first leg in Tshwane earlier this month.

“The CAF Confederation Cup is there and we can taste it, it’s a few weeks to go,” said Williams, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We need to write history, we need to put SuperSport on the map.

“SuperSport is one of the bigger teams in the country. Maybe we don’t have as much support in the country as others, but we are one of the bigger teams and our history speaks for itself.

“We’ve been in the last five cup finals, so I’m proud of being part of this team.”

The CA v SuperSport match is set for the Olympic Stadium in Rades on Sunday evening.



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Ronwen Williams the hero as SuperSport clinch MTN8 title – MTN8 2017


Supersport United winners of the 2017 MTN8 football match between Cape Town City and Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on 14 October 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 22:44


SuperSport United beat Cape Town City 4-2 on penalties to clinch the 2017 MTN8 title in a pulsating clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.

Goals from Sibusiso Masina and Thabo Mnyamane ,in regulation time, forced the match into an extra 30 minutes, but with nothing to separate the two teams after two hours of football the game would be decided from the spot.

Ronwen Williams emerging as the hero, denying both Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi as Matsatsantsa claimed a first top eight crown in 13 years.

SuperSport dominated the opening exchanges of the clash, but it would be the Citizens to open the scoring in the 23rd minute.

Man-of-the-match Ebrahim Seedat and Masina linking up well down the left flank with the later guiding a pin-point shot into the far corner of the net from an acute angel to give City the lead, 1-0.

In search of an immediate reply, SuperSport pushed forward and went close soon after through Bradley Grobler. Shu-Aib Walters’ blushes spared by Seedat who bailed his goalkeeper out with a fine block, after he had failed to gather the ball from a cross.

City 1-0 up at the break, following an electrifying half which went some distance in warming things up on a cold and windy night on South Africa’s East Coast.

Benni McCarthy’s troops conjured several chances to double their lead following the interval, with Lehlohonolo Majoro particularly guilty of missing a clear-cut chance on the hour mark.

Having failed to take their opportunities, the Citizens were duly punished as Mnyamane leveled matters in the 80th minute.

The second-half substitute running onto a perfect through ball by Bradley Grobler before firing a left-footed strike into the corner of the net.

But, his goal came at a cost as he was forced off with a groin injury soon after and with Eric TInkler having already made all three of his substitutes, SuperSport were forced to play the remainder of the game with 10-men.

As a result, Matsatsantsa changed their tactics and sat back for the 10 remaining minutes in regulation time and the ensuing half-hour of extra-time.

Moseamedi had a chance to win it for the Citizens in the 117th minute, but he failed to convert with time and space inside the penalty area. As a result, the game would be decided from the penalty spot.

SuperSport flawless – netting four from four – as Dove Wome hammered home to send the Matsatsantsa fans into delirium.

CapeTown City (1) 1 (Masina 23′)

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Mnyamane 80′)

SuperSport United won 4-2 on penalties.

Cape Town City: Walters; Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize – Matsi (Moseamedi 90+1′), Modise (Putsche 66′), Nodada – Lakay, Masina, Majoro (Obinna 74′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels, Modiba (Myeni 79′) – Furman, Letsholonyane (Mnyamane 54′), Mokoena – Phala, Brockie (Wome 69′), Grobler



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MTN8 FINAL: SSP United beat CT City 4-2 on penalties – As It Happened – MTN8 2017


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Bertin Basson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 21:51


Good evening and welcome to AfricanFootball.com for our live coverage of the 2017 MTN8 Final between Cape Town City and SuperSport United from the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, on Saturday 14 October 2017.

Cape Town City: Walters; Seedat, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize – Matsi (Moseamedi 90+1′), Modise (Putsche 66′), Nodada – Lakay, Masina, Majoro (Obinna 74′)

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels, Modiba (Myeni 79′) – Furman, Letsholonyane (Mnyamane 54′), Mokoena – Phala, Brockie (Wome 69′), Grobler

LIVE UPDATES:

SuperSport United win 4-2 on penalties. 

SuperSport United come out on top from the spot! Ronwen Williams denying Lyle Lakay and Judas Moseamedi from 12 yards. Matsatsantsa faultless from the spot with Dove Wome sealing the deal to secure R8 million in prize money for the club.

122′ Full-Time in Extra-Time: Cape Town City 1-1 SuperSport United  – PENALTIES to follow…

120′ Two minutes added.

117′ CHANCE! Late chance for Moseamedi to wrap things up, but with time and space inside the area he scuffs his shot wide of goal.

110′ Into the final 10 minutes and understandably both teams are frightened to make a mistake! Furthermore, Daniels keeps pulling up with cramp – only adding to Tinkler woes.

106′ Second stanza of extra-time is underway.

105+1′ Half-Time in Extra-Time: Cape Town City 1-1 SuperSport United

105′ Minute added to the first half of extra-time. Will there be a winner here or will the lottery of penalties decide this one?

102′ Fatigue starting to creep into the bodies of both teams, with players hitting the deck due to cramp. Nervy moments these.

99′ Role reversal since Mnyamane was forced off the pitch with SuperSport now sitting deep – welcoming pressure from the Citizens. Wome with a chance on the counter, but his turn and shot flies over the crossbar.

91′ We are underway in Extra-Time.

90+4′ Full-Time: Cape Town City 1-1 SuperSport United. Extra Time to decide the winner?

90′ Four minutes added to the half.

83′ SuperSport reduced to 10-men as Mnyamane is forced off the pitch due to injury. Having made all their subs, Matsatsantsa are forced to play the remainder of the game with a man short.

80′ GOAL! Grobler with a superb through ball to set Mnyamane free on goal and the forward makes no mistake to pull the two teams level.

73′ Nervy moment at the back for Daniels and Williams, but again, City fail to capitalize. Game of very fine margins, especially in the final few minutes.

70′ Into the final 20 minutes we go and Cape Town City are still holding onto their narrow lead. Matsatsantsa becoming more and more desperate.

65′ Chance at the other end of the pitch now as Williams is forced into a good save to deny Majoro once more. Chances coming at a rapid pace.

63′ SHOT! Mnyamane fires a fierce left-footed shot just wide of goal. Game starting to open up!

60′ CHANCE! Great chance for Majoro to double City’s lead but the former Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates forward guides his shot wide with the goal at his mercy.

57′ SHOT! Brockie finally registers his first shot in anger – powering a fierce effort straight at Walters. But it is easy for Walters  as the ball is straight at him.

53′ Thabo Mnyamane set to come on for SuperSport. Could he provide the spark missing  from Eric Tinkler’s troops. Looks like Yeye will be sacrificed – City done well to limit the former Bafana Bafana midfielder.

49′ Good start to the half by SuperSport, but one feels that City will be happy to absorb some early pressure as they did in the first half.

46′ The second half is underway on South Africa’s East Coast.

45+1′ Half-Time: Cape Town City 1-0 SuperSport United

45′ One minute added to the half.

44′ Grobler is the first into the referee’s book as we approach the interval. Matsatsantsa forced to do all the playing with City happy to play on the counter.

37′ SAVE! Good stop at the other end of the pitch by Williams to deny Lakay at the other end of the pitch. Things heating up in Durban.

34′ CHANCE! Great chance for SuperSport following a mistake by Walters, but Seedat spares the goal-minder’s blushes with an incredible last ditch clearance to deny Grobler from close range.

30′ Half-hour played in Durban and it’s Cape Town City who lead. Matsatsantsa with all the early pressure, but the Citizens made good use of their chance.

23′ GOAL! Masina opens the scoring against the run of play for the Citizens! Seedat feeding the attacker who finishes with aplomb from a tight angle, 1-0.

18′ More pressure applied by Matsatsantsa from successive set-pieces, but City defend well as SuperSport continue to ramp up the pressure on South Africa’s East Coast.

13′ SAVE! Chance for the Citizens as Masina finds space down the right flank, but Williams is quick off his line to save at Majoro’s feet.

11′ Fast start to the game as both teams go in search of an early goal. SuperSport have looked the better team with Walters called into frequent action.

7′ Walters quick off his line to gather at Grobler’s head. SuperSport pose a huge threat on transition and that was quite noticeable just then.

5′ Early corner-kick for SuperSport United whipped in from the far side of the pitch, but it is too easy for Walters who plucks the ball from the air.

3′ Pitch not in the best condition – but considering the amount of rain on the East Coast over the past few days, the ground staff have done a stellar job!

1′ Kick-off!

– Cold, wet and windy in Durban this evening – similar to the scenes in the final between Orlando Pirates and Platinum Stars in 2013.

– For SuperSport United it is a third successive domestic final, having clinched success in the Nedbank Cup at the very same venue a few months ago.

– Inching ever closer to kick-off in what is a repeat of last season’s Telkom Knockout Final – the Citizens emerging 2-1 winners in December last year.



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MTN8 bonuses a big motivation – Lyle Lakay


Lyle Lakay of Cape Town City shields ball from Rheece Evans of Ajax Cape Town during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Ajax Cape Town and Cape Town City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 30 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 14, 2017. 13:00


Cape Town City winger Lyle Lakay says the prospect of big bonuses for winning the MTN8 final later today will be a big motivation.

City will face SuperSport United in the final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban this evening, with the first trophy in South Africa’s 2017/18 top flight season up for grabs.

The prize money on offer for the winners is R8million, with at least half of that set to be pocketed by the City players if they prevail.

“Obviously there is going to be bonuses, that’s what also motivates us,” Lakay told Kick-Off.

“I mean, today’s football is all about making money. Besides the fact of winning trophies it is also about making money, that’s one of the biggest motivations for teams.”

Lakay is no stranger to cup finals, having helped Bloemfontein Celtic win the 2012 Telkom Knockout.

“It’s my second one, I’ve been in the Telkom final with Celtic a few years ago against [Mamelodi] Sundowns. It was also at Moses Mabhida.

“It’s a great feeling. Some of the guys in the team were joking about it. Vincent Kobola was like, ‘last year you were fighting relegation and now you are in the cup final’.

“Ja, it’s a great feeling and I think anyone would feel that way. You’ve just moved into a new team and after a few months you are playing a final, you can win your first trophy with the team.

“So for me it’s a great feeling, not only to be in the final but also to be part of such a great team. It’s one big happy family.

“Like you know, I had the option of going to Wits. Coming to City I think I’ve chosen the right team and made the right choice.

“We are all excited but I still say even though it is a cup final we will still approach the game like any other game.

“Yes, it’s a big game and the way we planned might sound different, but it’s not different to any other game we look to win. Preparations went well and we are looking forward to the match.”

Kick-off in the MTN8 final is set for 19h00 CAT and you can follow live coverage of the match here on AfricanFootball.



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MTN8 glory next up for new Bafana player Thamsanqa Mkhize – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Thamsanqa Mkhize of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Mokgakolodi Ngele of Bidvest Wits during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Cape Town City FC and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 April 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 10, 2017. 19:00


The prospect of double celebration is on the cards for Cape Town City defender Thamsanqa Mkhize when his side takes on SuperSport United in the MTN8 final.

Mkhize has already made a significant step forward in his career by making his debut for the senior South African national team this past weekend.

The right-back put in an impressive showing for Bafana Bafana as they defeated Burkina Faso 3-1 in a 2018 World Cup qualifier in Johannesburg.

And this coming Saturday he will feature for the Citizens when they face Matsatsantsa in the MTN8 final at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

“Ngijabule kakhulu [I was so happy] about the opportunity I got on Saturday,” said Mkhize, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“I want to thank the coaches for the faith showed in me and for giving me game-time against Burkina Faso.

“We prepared hard for the game and I made sure at training I prepared myself mentally going to this game.

“The results and my performance on the day has given me confidence and inspired me to continue working hard at both club and national team level.”

The City defender added, “I just arrived back in Cape Town and will only be rejoining my teammates for training on Tuesday. I have no doubt they have been preparing hard for this match.

“I am definitely looking forward to giving my best for the team on Saturday.”



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Brockie has been mature and professional – Eric Tinkler – MTN8 2017 – SuperSport Utd


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates a goal during the MTN8 Semi Final Second Leg match between Maritzburg United and Supersport United on the 09 September 2017 at Harry Gwala Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Sep 11, 2017. 19:00


Jeremy Brockie has been nothing but mature and professional through his transfer saga, according to SuperSport United coach Eric Tinkler.

The 29-year-old scored a brace on Saturday night to see United win 2-0 at Maritzburg and secure a place in next month’s MTN8 final.

The Kiwi had been strongly linked with a move away from Matsatsantsa and even put in a transfer request to try and secure a deal with cross-town rivals Mamelodi Sundowns.

SuperSport rejected his request and dropped him for the first leg against Maritzburg, a 1-1 draw played out late last month.

However, Tinkler always believed Brockie would put the issue behind him and regain his focus.

The reward was the striker’s 50th and 51st goals, seeing him close in on Matsatsantsa’s club record of 57 strikes held by the late Abram Raselemane.

“I put that to bed a long time ago and he [Brockie] also put it to bed. Like I have been saying to the press; he has been very, very good in training,” Tinkler said after the game.

“He’s been very professional, showed a lot of maturity and he understood that the opportunity to make a move will come. And we obviously know what his qualities are and he showed it again tonight [Saturday].”

SuperSport will meet Tinkler’s former team Cape Town City in the final next month.



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Cape Town City secure MTN8 Cup final spot – MTN8 2017


Elias Pelembe of Bidvest Wits challenged by Ebrahim Seedat of Cape Town City during 2017 MTN8 game between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at Bidvest Wits Stadium on 10 September [email protected] Kgakatsi/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 17:03


Cape Town City edged out Bidvest Wits 2-1 in the MTN8 Cup semi-final second-leg match at the Bidvest Stadium on Sunday.

The victory sees the Citizens book their place in the final after winning 3-1 on aggregate, while Clever Boys are knocked out of the tournament.

The match got to a lively start as the Clever Boys dominated possession in the opening stages of the encounter.

Wits desrvedly took lead in the 11th minute when Thulani Hlatshwayo fired home to make it 1-0 to the hosts after a scramble in the City box.

After conceding the Citizens pushed forward in numbers as looked to level matters and they equalized in the 27th minute.

Amr Gamal scored an unfortunate own goal from Ayanda Patosi’s free-kick to make it 1-1 for City as the visitors regained the lead on aggregate.

Wits nearly scored in the 33rd minute, but Granwald Scott’s header narrowly missed the target as the hosts pressed City.

Gamal also saw his effort cleared off the goal-line seven minutes later and score was 1-1 at the interval with City leading 2-1 on aggregate.

City suffered a blow 14 minutes into the second-half as Ronald Putsche went down injured and he was replaced Mpho Matsi.

However, the Citizens continued to launch attacks and they managed to take the lead for the first time in the 71st minute.

Lehlohonolo Majoro controlled the ball well in the Wits box, before firing past Wits keeper Moeeneb Josephs to make it 2-1 to City.

Frank Gabadinho nearly equalized for Wits in 74th minute, but City Shu-Aib Walters parried his powerful shot out for a corner-kick.

Wits did most of the attacking in the dying minutes of the match – attacking in numbers in search of three late goals.

However, City managed to contain Wits in the remaining minutes and they ran out 2-1 winners on the day.

Wits (1) 1 (Hlatshwayo 11′)

City (1) 2 (Gamal 27′ og, Majoro 71′)

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Gamal (Rodgers 46′), Pelembe (Mhango 62′), Pule (Klate 46′), Hlanti, Pienaar, Kodisang, Frosler.

City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Putsche (Matsi 60′), Modise (Gumede 80′), Masina (Lakay 54′), Majoro, Patosi.



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2017 MTN8: BIDVEST WITS 1-2 CAPE TOWN CITY – AS IT HAPPENED – MTN8 2017


Ahmed Gamal Amr of Bidvest Wits is challenged by Taariq Fielies of Cape Town City during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Sep 10, 2017. 16:50


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final second-leg match between Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

LINEUPS:

Wits: Josephs, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott, Gamal Amr, Pelembe, Pule, Hlanti, Pienaar, Kodisang, Frosler.

City: Walters, Mkhize, Fielies, Johannes, Seedat, Nodada, Putsche, Modise, Masina, Majoro, Patosi.

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That’s all from the Bidvest Stadium where Cape Town City beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 and the former advanced to the 2017 MTN8 Cup final after winning the tie 3-1 on aggregate. Please join us again next time. Cheers!



FULL-TIME! Wits 1-2 City.

95′ – CLOSE! Wits striker Rodgers misses the target from close range.

90′ – The fourth official has added five minutes.

85′ – It’s end to end stuff in the closing stages of the match as City are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

80′ – City sub: Gumede IN, Modise OUT.

75′ – Damjanovic connects with Wits midfielder Pienaar’s corner-kick, but he heads over the crossbar.

71′ – GOAL! Wits 1-2 City. Majoro turns and fires home from inside the Wits box.

70′ – GREAT SAVE! City full-back Seedat receives the ball in the Wits box and he forces keeper Josephs into a great diving save.

66′ – Caution: Patosi (City) booked.

65′ – City forward Majoro is sent through on goal by Nodada, but the former is ruled offside.

62′ – Wits sub: Mhango IN, Pelembe OUT.

60′ – City sub: Matsi IN, Putsche OUT.

55′ – Wits winger Pelembe whips a good cross into the City box and Johannes makes a great clearance.

54′ – City sub: Lakay IN, Masina OUT.

50′ – City winger Patosi beats his marker, but the ball goes out for a throw in as the visitors search for an early goal in the second-half.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

46′ – Wits sub: Klate IN, Pule OUT.

46′ – Wits sub: Rodgers IN, Gamal OUT.

HALF-TIME! Wits 1-1 City. (Aggregate score Wits 1-2 City).

45′ – The fourth official has added three minutes.

40′ – CLOSE! City captain Johannes makes a world class goal-line clearance after the ball had hit the crossbar as Wits press the visitors.

35′ – Caution: Pienaar (Wits) is booked.

30′ – It is 1-1 as we reach the half-hour mark here at the Bidvest Stadium. City are leading 2-1 on aggregate.

27′ – GOAL! Wits 1-1 City. Gamal scores an own goal from Patosi’s free-kick.

25′ – Walters, the City keeper, comes out to gather Wits winger Pule’s header.

20′ – Modise plays a through pass for his City teammate Majoro, but Wits keeper Josephs comes out to gather the ball as the Citizens search for the equalizing goal.

15′ – Seedat whips a long ball forward for his City teammate Masina, who is ruled offside.

11′ – GOAL! Wits 1-0 City. Hlatshwayo scores from close range following a scramble in the City box.

10′ – Play is stopped as City midfielder Modise is down injured as Wits continue to press the visitors.

5′ – Hlanti whips a dangerous low cross across the City goal and the ball goes out for a goal-kick as Wits, who are trailing 1-0 on aggregate, search for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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SuperSport book MTN8 final berth – MTN8 2017


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates a goal

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 22:21


A brace from Jeremy Brockie saw SuperSport United defeat Maritzburg United 2-0 at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Saturday night to advance into the MTN8 final.

Matsatsantsa won the semifinal tie 3-1 on aggregate and will go on to face either Bidvest Wits or Cape Town City, with those teams set for their second-leg clash in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

SuperSport gave early warning of their attacking intention when Aubrey Modiba provided a cross from the left and Bradley Grobler sent a header just wide of Bongani Mpandle’s right-hand post in the third minute.

On 14 minutes the visitors claimed the lead, with Dean Furman putting Modiba into space; he in turn chipped a cross from the left by-line and Jeremy Brockie got just enough on his header to beat the goalkeeper and put his side 1-0 up.

SuperSport made further half-chances to add to their advantage, while Maritzburg were exceptionally lucky not to be reduced to 10 men just past the half hour mark: Siphesihle Ndlovu was guilty of a studs-up challenge on Grant Kekana which should have brought a red card, but referee Victor Hlungwani opted for mercy and brandished only a yellow.

Matsatsantsa doubled their lead on the stroke of half time. A long diagonal to the far post from Kekana allowed Teboho Mokoena to head back across the face of goal and Brockie headed home his second of the night to make it 2-0 at the interval.

The Team of Choice made a double change at the start of the second half, sending on striker Andrea Fileccia and Cameroonian debutante Yazid Atouba. Fadlu Davids’ side dominated proceedings, but in truth Matsatsantsa had gone into game management mode and were happy to sit back.

Any slim hope Maritzburg had was extinguished in the 78th minute when Atouba picked up a second caution – for a laughably blatant dive in the penalty area – and was sent for an early shower.

Maritzburg United 0

SuperSport United (2) 2 (Brockie 14’ 44’) – SuperSport won 3-1 on aggregate

Maritzburg: Mpandle, Wiedlich (Kunene 80’), Xulu, Fransman, Ndlovu, Shandu (Atouba 46’), Makaringe, Maboe, Van Wyk (Fileccia 46’), Mekoa, Rusike

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Phala, Furman, Mokoena, Letsholonyane (Nhlapo 71’), Modiba, Grobler (Myeni 67’), Brockie (Nkhatha 79’)



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2017 MTN8: Maritzburg 0-2 SuperSport – As it happened – MTN8 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 22:02


Welcome to as-it-happened coverage of the 2017 MTN8 semifinal, second leg match between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United from the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Commentary:
All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – Done and dusted, SuperSport are deserved 2-0 winners and advance into the MTN8 final! They will face either Bidvest Wits or Cape Town City, with those teams set to meet in Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon.

90′ – There will be four minutes of added time.

86′ – All the sting has gone out of the game now, SuperSport are very much in game management mode.

82′ – The referee has also sent Maritzburg’s physio to the stands. Not a great night for the Team of Choice…

80′ – Maritzburg’s final change sees Mxolisi Kunene replace Wiedlich.

79′ – SuperSport’s final change sees Kingston Nkhatha replace Brockie.

78′ – Red card – Atouba with a blatant dive and he picks up his second yellow card! It’s an early shower for the Cameroonian debutant!

75′ – Sublime double save from Williams to deny Mekoa and Fileccia, and the flag was up anyway!

73′ – Yellow card – Atouba cautioned for a shirt pull on Mokoena.

71′ – Another SuperSport change sees Siyabonga Nhlapo replace Letsholonyane.

70′ – Atouba shoots on goal but it’s an easy save for Williams. It’s looking like SuperSport’s night, despite a much better second half showing from Maritzburg.

67′ – SuperSport make their first change, with Sifiso Myeni replacing Grobler.

66′ – Rusike with a sight of goal, but Daniels comes across to make a superb sliding challenge!

65′ – Yellow card – Williams goes into the book for time wasting.

63′ – Gould with a fine defensive header from a free kick. Maritzburg are turning the screw here, it seems only a matter of time until they get back in the game…

61′ – Corner to Maritzburg, Atouba crosses but United defend well initially before a second ball into the box is claimed by Williams.

58′ – Yellow card – Xulu booked for going straight though the back of Phala.

57′ – Yellow card – Furman cautioned for hauling down Maboe.

56′ – Rusike with a superb cross from the right, Fileccia can’t finish from close range but he was offside anyway.

53′ – A frantic start to the second half, with neither side able to settle down and get into rhythm.

50′ – Fransman earns cheers from the home fans for a crunching, but fair tackle.

47′ – Yellow card – Mekoa into the book for a late tackle in midfield.

46′ – Back underway in the second half. Maritzburg have made a double change, swapping out Van Wyk and Shandu for Andrea Fileccia and Yazid Atouba.

45+2′ – Half time – SuperSport well in control at 2-0 up! The Team of Choice will need to score at least three in the second half to keep their hopes of reaching the final alive.

44′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-2 SuperSport – The visitors extend their lead and put one foot in the final! A quickly-taken free kick sees Kekana float a diagonal to the far post, Mokoena heads back across the face of goal and Brockie nets with another header!

41′ – Makaringe with a snap shot from long range, but it’s high and wide.

39′ – Daniels with a chance to cross from the left, but his ball is cut out and cleared by Makaringe.

36′ – Less than 10 minutes left in the first half, SuperSport will be happy with their work so far.

34′ – Yellow card – Maritzburg’s Ndlovu is lucky to get only a caution for a leg-breaker challenge on Kekana, who luckily doesn’t seem to be seriously injured.

31′ – SuperSport on a quick counter-attack, Letsholonyane picks out Phala, who turns and shoots just wide of the mark!

29′ – Phala chips a cross to the back post, Brockie is completely unmarked, but he slices his volley off target! Great chance spurned by the away side!

28′ – Mekoa gets a stern talking-to after tripping up Mokoena in midfield.

26′ – Maritzburg building up a head of steam, but they have lacked composure and penetration in the final third. SuperSport’s defence is yet to really be tested…

23′ – Midway through the first half, SuperSport lead 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

20′ – A good battle between Brockie and Xulu – the striker has got the better of it so far, having scored a fine opening goal.

17′ – Gould with a lunging tackle that has the Maritzburg bench screaming, but the referee waves play-on. Now Shandu crosses from the left and it’s just beyond the reach of Rusike, who would have had a tap-in!

16′ – Matsatsantsa have cancelled out Maritzburg’s away goal and lead 2-1 on aggregate.

14′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-1 SuperSport – SuperSport claim a deserved lead, with Modiba crossing from the left by-line to find Brockie, whose header has just enough pace to beat Mpandle!

11′ – An unconvincing punch from Mpandle at a SuperSport corner kick and it ends with Brockie slicing an effort off target.

9′ – Van Wyk plays a wonderful pass to put Shandu free down the right, but his attempted cross is sliced high and wide.

8′ – Van Wyk cuts in from the right and lets fly with his left, but the long-range effort drifts wide of the target.

6′ – SuperSport looking to play it wide and cross whenever they get the chance, while Rusike looks to use his pace for the hosts but is soon crowded out by red shirts.

3′ – The first chance of the match goes the way of SuperSport, with Grobler getting on the end of Modiba’s cross and heading just wide of Mpandle’s right-hand post!

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Pietermaritzburg! Maritzburg wear blue and white, while SuperSport are in a change strip of red.

20h10 – Five minutes to kick-off. Victor Hlungwani is our referee for this match.

19h55 – A reminder of where we stand in this tie: the first leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 26 August finished 1-1, with Thuso Phala putting SuperSport ahead before Lebohang Maboe scored a late equaliser. As a result, Maritzburg need only keep a clean sheet to book their place in the final.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups:

Maritzburg: Bongani Mpandle, Bevan Fransman, Siyanda Xulu, Dennis Wiedlich , Siphesihle Ndlovu, Bandile Shandu, Fortune Makaringe, Lebohang Maboe, Sheldon Van Wyk, Deolin Mekoa, Evans Rusike

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould, Aubrey Modiba, Grant Kekana, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Teboho Mokoena , Thuso Phala, Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie



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2017 MTN8: Maritzburg 0-2 SuperSport – LIVE – MTN8 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 21:52


Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2017 MTN8 semifinal, second leg match between Maritzburg United and SuperSport United from the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.

Live Commentary (press F5 to refresh)
All times CAT

82′ – The referee has also sent Maritzburg’s physio to the stands. Not a great night for the Team of Choice…

80′ – Maritzburg’s final change sees Mxolisi Kunene replace Wiedlich.

79′ – SuperSport’s final change sees Kingston Nkhatha replace Brockie.

78′ – Red card – Atouba with a blatant dive and he picks up his second yellow card! It’s an early shower for the Cameroonian debutant!

75′ – Sublime double save from Williams to deny Mekoa and Fileccia, and the flag was up anyway!

73′ – Yellow card – Atouba cautioned for a shirt pull on Mokoena.

71′ – Another SuperSport change sees Siyabonga Nhlapo replace Letsholonyane.

70′ – Atouba shoots on goal but it’s an easy save for Williams. It’s looking like SuperSport’s night, despite a much better second half showing from Maritzburg.

67′ – SuperSport make their first change, with Sifiso Myeni replacing Grobler.

66′ – Rusike with a sight of goal, but Daniels comes across to make a superb sliding challenge!

65′ – Yellow card – Williams goes into the book for time wasting.

63′ – Gould with a fine defensive header from a free kick. Maritzburg are turning the screw here, it seems only a matter of time until they get back in the game…

61′ – Corner to Maritzburg, Atouba crosses but United defend well initially before a second ball into the box is claimed by Williams.

58′ – Yellow card – Xulu booked for going straight though the back of Phala.

57′ – Yellow card – Furman cautioned for hauling down Maboe.

56′ – Rusike with a superb cross from the right, Fileccia can’t finish from close range but he was offside anyway.

53′ – A frantic start to the second half, with neither side able to settle down and get into rhythm.

50′ – Fransman earns cheers from the home fans for a crunching, but fair tackle.

47′ – Yellow card – Mekoa into the book for a late tackle in midfield.

46′ – Back underway in the second half. Maritzburg have made a double change, swapping out Van Wyk and Shandu for Andrea Fileccia and Yazid Atouba.

45+2′ – Half time – SuperSport well in control at 2-0 up! The Team of Choice will need to score at least three in the second half to keep their hopes of reaching the final alive.

44′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-2 SuperSport – The visitors extend their lead and put one foot in the final! A quickly-taken free kick sees Kekana float a diagonal to the far post, Mokoena heads back across the face of goal and Brockie nets with another header!

41′ – Makaringe with a snap shot from long range, but it’s high and wide.

39′ – Daniels with a chance to cross from the left, but his ball is cut out and cleared by Makaringe.

36′ – Less than 10 minutes left in the first half, SuperSport will be happy with their work so far.

34′ – Yellow card – Maritzburg’s Ndlovu is lucky to get only a caution for a leg-breaker challenge on Kekana, who luckily doesn’t seem to be seriously injured.

31′ – SuperSport on a quick counter-attack, Letsholonyane picks out Phala, who turns and shoots just wide of the mark!

29′ – Phala chips a cross to the back post, Brockie is completely unmarked, but he slices his volley off target! Great chance spurned by the away side!

28′ – Mekoa gets a stern talking-to after tripping up Mokoena in midfield.

26′ – Maritzburg building up a head of steam, but they have lacked composure and penetration in the final third. SuperSport’s defence is yet to really be tested…

23′ – Midway through the first half, SuperSport lead 1-0 on the night and 2-1 on aggregate.

20′ – A good battle between Brockie and Xulu – the striker has got the better of it so far, having scored a fine opening goal.

17′ – Gould with a lunging tackle that has the Maritzburg bench screaming, but the referee waves play-on. Now Shandu crosses from the left and it’s just beyond the reach of Rusike, who would have had a tap-in!

16′ – Matsatsantsa have cancelled out Maritzburg’s away goal and lead 2-1 on aggregate.

14′ – GOAL! Maritzburg 0-1 SuperSport – SuperSport claim a deserved lead, with Modiba crossing from the left by-line to find Brockie, whose header has just enough pace to beat Mpandle!

11′ – An unconvincing punch from Mpandle at a SuperSport corner kick and it ends with Brockie slicing an effort off target.

9′ – Van Wyk plays a wonderful pass to put Shandu free down the right, but his attempted cross is sliced high and wide.

8′ – Van Wyk cuts in from the right and lets fly with his left, but the long-range effort drifts wide of the target.

6′ – SuperSport looking to play it wide and cross whenever they get the chance, while Rusike looks to use his pace for the hosts but is soon crowded out by red shirts.

3′ – The first chance of the match goes the way of SuperSport, with Grobler getting on the end of Modiba’s cross and heading just wide of Mpandle’s right-hand post!

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway in Pietermaritzburg! Maritzburg wear blue and white, while SuperSport are in a change strip of red.

20h10 – Five minutes to kick-off. Victor Hlungwani is our referee for this match.

19h55 – A reminder of where we stand in this tie: the first leg at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on 26 August finished 1-1, with Thuso Phala putting SuperSport ahead before Lebohang Maboe scored a late equaliser. As a result, Maritzburg need only keep a clean sheet to book their place in the final.

19h45 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting line-ups:

Maritzburg: Bongani Mpandle, Bevan Fransman, Siyanda Xulu, Dennis Wiedlich , Siphesihle Ndlovu, Bandile Shandu, Fortune Makaringe, Lebohang Maboe, Sheldon Van Wyk, Deolin Mekoa, Evans Rusike

SuperSport: Ronwen Williams, Clayton Daniels, Morgan Gould, Aubrey Modiba, Grant Kekana, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Teboho Mokoena , Thuso Phala, Dean Furman, Bradley Grobler, Jeremy Brockie



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Gavin Hunt: Time for our big players to step up – MTN8 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 14:00


Bidvest Wits’ ‘big players’ must step up for today’s MTN8 semifinal, second leg clash against Cape Town City, according to coach Gavin Hunt.

Wits, the reigning MTN8 champs, are looking to overturn a 1-0 deficit after losing the first leg in Cape Town last month.

The Clever Boys, who also won the Absa Premiership title last season, have had a tough start to the 2017/18 campaign, with teams looking to claim their scalp.

“Any game we play teams will want to [try and outplay us]… I mean, we played Golden Arrows and they were unbelievable, Free State Stars were like men possessed,” Hunt said at the club’s media day earlier in the week.

“That’s what we’re going to get. When you play against a team that has won the league, people will have extra motivation.

“But once we start settling in, and we start playing two to three games a week, I think we’ll see a lot of things happening. Then teams can’t keep that intensity up every game.”

Hunt added that he welcomes the new demands on his team and hopes to see a response from them, starting with today’s match.

“There’s definitely [added pressure on us], it’s always like that and so it should be. You want that pressure, don’t you? We want that,” he added.

“We’ve got big players who can handle the situation, it’s a matter of the big players stepping up a little more and that’s pretty much what it’s about.”

The Wits v City match at Bidvest Stadium will kick-off at 15h00 CAT.



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Fadlu Davids wary of SuperSport threat – MTN8 2017


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Sep 09, 2017. 10:00


Maritzburg United head coach Fadlu Davids is wary of the threat posed by SuperSport United ahead of their MTN8 second-leg semifinal clash in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday evening.

The Team of Choice play host to Matsatsantsa this weekend with the first-leg in Atteridgeville having ended in a 1-1 stalemate.

Davids, though, is not getting carried away just yet knowing that a goal for the visitors will swing the tie right into their favour.

Advantage Maritzburg in battle of the Uniteds

“Yes we have an away goal, but we know that if SuperSport are to score that will really put us on the back foot,” said Davids. “We know a 0-0 draw will take us through, but other than that we have to go out there and make sure we win.

“SuperSport’s quality has to be respected,” he concluded.

Moreover, club captain Denis Weidlich praised his troops togetherness. The KwaZulu-Natal side headed into the recent international break unbeaten, with two wins from their opening two games also propelling them to the top of the Absa Premiership standings.

“We are a team, we win or lose together. The technical team constantly remind us that we have to play as a unit and I think that has been helping us.

“We are not only playing football, but we are happy playing together and I think that has been a huge contribution to our good start,” the German-born defender added.



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Third time lucky for Wits against City? – MTN8 2017


Lyle Lakay of Cape Town City flicks the ball past Sifiso Hlanti of Bidvest Wits during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 12:30


Bidvest Wits will hope it is a case of ‘third time lucky’ when they host Cape Town City for the second leg of their MTN8 semifinal, set for Bidvest Stadium on 10 September 2017, kick-off at 15h00.

Wits have already suffered two defeats at the hands of City so far this season, with a 1-0 home loss on the opening weekend of the Absa Premiership followed by a defeat of the same margin in Cape Town in the teams’ semifinal, first leg clash in late August.

Benni McCarthy seems to have the wood over his former mentor Gavin Hunt, but this tie is only at the halfway point and the veteran coach will fancy his chances of masterminding a comeback against his rookie counterpart.

Ayanda Patosi’s goal separates the teams heading into his decisive clash. While the Citizens know that a clean sheet will secure progression, it is against McCarthy’s instincts to defend a lead and he will no doubt set out his side with the intention of adding to their advantage rather than maintaining it.

Hunt will probably have welcomed the international break as a chance to draw a line under his team’s stuttering start to the season and focus on making them sharper in attack – the Clever Boys have made plenty of chances, but struggled to put the ball in the back of the net.

They can no longer afford to be wasteful in front of goal if they are to give themselves a chance of playing in the final and defending the MTN8 crown they won in such style last year.

City’s victory in the first leg of this tie has brought their head-to-head record against the Clever Boys to a very favourable three wins and just one defeat from six meetings. They can even afford to lose this match and still progress, so long as they score at least once and don’t lose by more than a single-goal margin.

The aggregate winners will face either Maritzburg United or SuperSport United in the 2017 MTN8 final. The teams are locked at 1-1 ahead of their second leg clash in Pietermaritzburg on September 9.



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Advantage Maritzburg in battle of the Uniteds – MTN8 2017


Deolin Mekoa of Martizburg United challenged by Grant Kekana of Supersport United during MTN8 Semifinal match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 26 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Sep 07, 2017. 11:41


Maritzburg United will look to seal a place in the MTN8 final for the first time when they welcome SuperSport United to the Harry Gwala Stadium on 9 September 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

The teams’ first leg, semifinal clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in late August ended in a 1-1 draw, with Thuso Phala’s goal early in the second half cancelled out by a late equaliser for Lebohang Maboe. The Maritzburg attacker’s away goal could yet prove decisive, with the Team of Choice now in a position where a clean sheet will guarantee progression into the final.

Coach Fadlu Davids’ side have been in impressive form early in the 2017/18 season and currently sit at the top of the Absa Premiership standings alongside Cape Town City (and there’s a good chance the two teams could meet in the MTN8 final!). How they react to reassembling after the international break could well determine their fate in this semifinal tie.

Matsatsantsa coach Eric Tinkler, meanwhile, claimed he was thankful for the break to work on his team’s fitness and tactics. The Tshwane side are very much alive in the tie and will fancy their chances of reaching the MTN8 final for the first time since 2012, when they were beaten by Moroka Swallows.

The 1-1 draw between the two Uniteds was their third cup clash – the previous two were outright wins for SuperSport in the quarterfinals of both the 2012 Telkom Knockout and the 2013 Nedbank Cup. Overall, the teams have clashed in 25 matches since 2005/06, with Matsatsantsa claiming 14 wins compared to just two for the Team of Choice.

The aggregate winners will face either Bidvest Wits or Cape Town City in the 2017 MTN8 final. The latter leads 1-0 ahead of the teams’ second leg clash in Johannesburg on September 10.



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‘Manyama’s mind wasn’t there’ – McCarthy – MTN8 2017


Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC evades challenge from Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City during the 2017 MTN 8 quarter final football match between Cape Town City FC and Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 12 August 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Monday Aug 28, 2017. 19:00


Benni McCarthy has explained why he felt the need to exclude star player Lebogang Manyama from his Cape Town City side in their 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits in the MTN8.

The Citizens defeated the Clever Boys in the teams’ semifinal, first leg clash in Cape Town Stadium, but Manyama was conspicuous by his absence.

The reigning PSL Footballer of the Season was hauled off at half time of City’s 3-1 win over Platinum Stars in the Absa Premiership last week, with McCarthy feeling that his focus has gone ahead of the looming transfer deadline.

The 26-year-old has been strongly linked with a move away from the Cape Town club. Mamelodi Sundowns are known admirers, while a move to Europe could also be on the cards.

“I just felt that with the changes I made last week to the side, I left Lebo in and obviously I didn’t get what I was looking for from the performance against Platinum Stars… because of everything that was going on in the media, with is he gonna go or is he gonna stay,” explained McCarthy in the wake of the MTN8 clash.

“I felt this week more so than ever that his mind wasn’t here. He was at training, he was present but he had a lot of things going [on]. I had a chat with him, and obviously that was the general feeling I got.

“So I thought it was the most noble thing to do. If a player is gonna play half-hearted or half-minded, you’re not gonna get his full worth, his full potential.

“And the fans are gonna get on his back because of the news of is he gonna go or is he staying. I don’t want the fans to start being impatient with him, because obviously it’s not his fault. You can’t control your mind to a certain extent.

“I thought the right thing to do was to keep him out of the firing line of people having a go at him. So I felt that this game [against Wits] is gonna need 100 percent concentration, 100 percent commitment from everyone.

“And if you are not gonna give 100 percent it’s better that you are out the team, and that’s the reason why he was.

“He wasn’t 100 percent at training and you can’t play ahead of guys at training that’s ready to die for the cause.”



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Patosi inspires Cape Town City to victory – MTN8 2017


Cape Town City players celebrate a goal scored by Ayanda Patosi (10) during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 27, 2017. 17:38


Cape Town City edged out Bidvest Wits 1-0 in the MTN8 Cup semi-final first-leg encounter in the Mother City on Sunday.

The Clever Boys are scheduled to host the Citizens at the Bidvest Stadium in the second-leg match in two weeks time.

The Citizens should have taken an early lead after Sibusiso Masina ran into the Clever Boys box, but he failed to make a meaningful touch.

At the other end, City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters was called into action and he produced a great save to deny Wits midfielder Thabang Monare.

The towering shot-stopper had to be alert in the 39th minute and he did well to gather Wits forward Frank Gabadinho Mhango’s effort from inside the City box.

Wits were made to rue those two chances as Ayanda Patosi beat Wits keeper Moeneeb Josephs from close range to make it 1-0 to City in the 44th minute.

City were 1-0 up at the interval after the Wits defence was punished by Patosi, who pounced after the visitors’ had failed to clear the ball away.

Wits dominated the second-half and they came very close to scoring in the 65th minute when Daine Klate forced Walters into a good save.

Kobamelo Kodisang, who was introduced in the 59th minute by Wits coach Gavin Hunt, was keeping the City defence very busy with his good runs.

The attacker beat City defender Edmilson Dove in the 80th minute, but he fired wide of the target without troubling Walters with time running out for Wits.

Walters then denied Wits defender S’fiso Hlanti in stoppage time – ensuring that the match ended in a 1-0 victory to City on the day.

City (1) 1 (Patosi 44′)

Wits (0) 0

City: Walters, Fielies, Johannes, Mkhize, Seedat, Putsche, Nodada, Masina (Modise 70′), Patosi (Dove 74), Lakay, Majoro (Koapeng 84′).

Wits: Josephs, Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Hlanti, Scott, Klate (Pule 78′), Monare (Kodisang 59′), Claasen, Mhango (Pienaar 46′), Gamal.



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MTN8: CAPE TOWN CITY 1-0 BIDVEST WITS – As it happened – MTN8 2017


Lehlohonolo Majoro of Cape Town City takes on Slavko Damjanovic of Bidvest Wits during the 2017 MTN8 Semifinal 1st leg fixture between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017 © Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Aug 27, 2017. 17:24


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup semi-final first-leg match between Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits at the Cape Town Stadium in the Mother City, South Africa.

LINE UPS:

Cape Town City XI: Walters, Fielies, Johannes, Mkhize, Seedat, Putsche, Nodada, Masina, Patosi, Lakay, Majoro.

Bidvest Wits XI: Josephs, Frosler, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Hlanti, Scott, Klate, Monare, Claasen, Mhango, Gamal.

COOMENTARY:

That’s all from the Cape Town Stadium. Wits will host City in the second-leg clash at the Bidvest Stadium in two weeks time. Please join us again next time. Cheers!

FULL-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

95′ – GOOD SAVE! Wits attacker Kodisang forces City keeper Walters into a good save with a first time effort.

90′ – The fourth official has added six minutes.

88′ – Wits Caution: Hlatshwayo booked.

85′ – City striker Majoro is substituted after failing to score from close range with the Wits defence exposed.



84′ – City sub: Koapeng IN, Majoro OUT.

80′ – Wits midfielder Kodisang beats his marker and he fires wide of the target as the visitors press City.

78′ – Wits sub: Pule IN, Klate OUT.

75′ – Fifteen minutes left for Wits to grab a crucial away goal and they are doing most of the attacking.

74′ – City sub: Dove IN, Patosi OUT

70′ – City sub: Modise IN, Masina OUT.

65′ – Pressure is mounting on the City defence as Kodisang whips a great cross into the box and his Wits teammate Klate forces Walters into a good save with a decent header.

60′ – City Caution: Seedat is booked.

59′ – Wits sub: Kodisang IN, Monare OUT.

55′ – City launch a quick counter-attack and Patosi bursts into the Wits box, but Hlatshwayo does well to block his cross.

50′ – City forward Masina is stretchered off as Wits press for the equalizing goal.

46′ – Wits sub: Pienaar IN, Mhango OUT.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME! City 1-0 Wits.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

44′ – GOAL! City 1-0 Wits. Patosi fires home from close range.

40′ – Wits, who are attacking in numbers, are pressing City with the half-time break fast approaching.

35′ – Johannes, who is captaining City in the absence of Lebogang Manyama, has done a good job thus far containing Wits’ new signing Gamal.

30′ – It is still 0-0 here at the Cape Town Stadium as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – City winger Lakay plays a long ball for his teammate Majoro, who is ruled offside as the home side search for the opening goal.

20′ – GREAT SAVE! Klate whips a good cross into the City box and his Wits teammate Monare forces City keeper Walter into a great save at the near-post.

15′ – It remains goalless in a tightly contested opening exchanges in the midfield.

10′ – CHANCE! City forward Masina bursts into the Wits box, but he fails to make contact with a high ball and goalkeeper Josephs gathers the ball with ease.

5′ – City goalkeeper Walters is called into action as he gathers Wits full-back Frosler’s long throw.

1′ – The match is underway.



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SuperSport United stutter in Tshwane – MTN8 2017


Pogiso Sanoka of Maritzburg United challenged by Thuso Phala of Supersport United during MTN8 Semifinal match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Atteridgeville South Africa on 26 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 22:35


SuperSport United failed to use their home advantage when they drew 1-1 against Maritzburg United in their MTN8 first leg, semifinal clash at Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.

Two second half strikes from Thuso Phala and Lebohang Maboe ensured the teams will be level ahead of the second leg.

Despite a tough encounter in the opening 20 minutes of the match, both coaches looked to employ a defensive approach.

However, the 33rd minute saw Devon Saal wasting good moves by the visitors in the heart of the park as they continued to keep Eric Tinkler’s side under pressure.

However, few minutes later, Maritzburg keeper Bongani Mpandle was called to produce a brilliant save to deny SuperSport striker Bradley Grobler.

Towards the end of the opening half, Phala caused all sorts of troubles for Fadlu Davids’ men, yet there are no goals in the opening half.

On the return from the interval, it was the KwaZulu-Natal side pushing for an opener, but their decision making in the final third was not convincing.

In the 53rd minute, Phala opened the scoring after receiving a defence-splitting pass and blasted a powerful shot through Mpandle to hand Tinkler’s side a 1-0 lead.

With less than 18 minutes remaining, Williams produced a wonderful save to deny Deolin Mekoa from a long range effort. A well struck shot by the left winger.

The final 10 minutes of the encounter had no clear cut opportunities, but it was the Team of Choice which had an upper hand.

Davids’ men continued to pile pressure on their hosts and a wonderful pass reached Maboe in the box, whose effort was too powerful for goalkeeper Williams.

However, with added minutes in the injury time, both sides failed to create chances to secure a winning goal as they shared the spoils.

The teams will meet for the second leg on the ninth of September, as the two Premier Soccer League giants look to secure a spot in the final.

SuperSport United (0) 1 (Phala 53′)

Maritzburg United (0) 1 (Maboe 84′)

SuperSport United: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Ritchie, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Modiba (Alexander 72′), Wome, Grobler (Nkhatha 83′)

Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Xulu, Sanoka, Makaringe, Rusike, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe, Saal (Van Wyk 63′), Mekoa



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MTN8 Full-time: SuperSport United 1-1 Maritzburg United – MTN8 2017


Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United challenged by Morgan Gould of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Saturday Aug 26, 2017. 22:12


Maritzburg United will be looking to book a spot in the MTN8 Cup semi-final as they visit another Tshwane giant. Having beaten Mamelodi Sundowns in the opening round, they will hope to win away.

On the other hand, coach Eric Tinkler wants a win as he will want to bag his first trophy in charge of the three-time Absa Premiership champions.

Line-ups:

SuperSport: Williams, Kekana, Daniels, Gould, Ritchie, Letsholonyane, Mokoena, Phala, Modiba, Wome, Grobler

Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Xulu, Sanoka, Makaringe, Rusike, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe, Saal, Mekoa

Commentary:

90+3′ Full time. SuperSport United 1-1 Maritzburg

90+3′: A brilliant counter attack by Maritzburg sees the visitors missing a great opportunity to make it 2-1. But the effort sails wide off the target.

90+3′: Three minutes added. SuperSport 1-1 Maritzburg united

84′ GOAL- Maritzburg a wonderful pass to Lebohang Maboe in the box allowed the right footed player to blast a rocket to beat Williams.

80′: 10 minutes remaining in the encounter. The Nedbank Cup champions are still leading 1-0.

72′: Williams produces a wonderful save to deny Mekoa from a long range effort. A well struck shot by the left winger. Modiba off for Alexander.

70′: Daniels yellow card.

67′: The Tshwane giants are searching for their second goal. Maritzburg steady at the back. Williams called to deny United.

63′: Saal off for Va Wyk

62′: Sheldon van Wyk booked

59′ – Dove Wome scores, but he is judged to be from an offside position. SuperSport United 1-0 Maritzburg United.

53′: Thuso Phala receives a defence splitting pass, he makes no mistake to beat Mpandle on the far post. 1-0 to SuperSport United.

49′: – Free kick for Maritzburg, but they don’t benefit on the set piece.

46′ Second half gets underway.

45+1′ Half Time. SuperSport United 0-0 Maritzburg United

46′: Gould booked

45′: Thuso Phala causing all sorts of troubles for Maritzburg United, yet there are no goals in the opening half.

44′: The two sides are yet to open up the defence and it looks like we will head to the interval with no goals. Maritzburg United 0-0 SuperSport United

40′: United looking to bag their first goal and Williams called to produce a fine save to parry the ball over the cross bar. We are in the final five minutes of the opening half.

34′: Mokoena booked. SuperSport United 0-0 Maritzburg united

33′: Saal wasteful in the heart of the park.The fourth ball going astray by Maritzburg.Tinkler;’s side under pressure. Mpandle. makes a good save to deny Grobler.

29′: Beautiful football by Maritzburg and Makaringe unleashes a powerful shot, but sails wide over the cross bar. No goals between the two giants.

24′: Mpandle nearly misjudges the flight of the ball..He comes out but it flies over the cross bar. he is now injured receiving treatment.

18′: Makaringe takes a shot, but it goes wide. No goals in the opening 20 minutes i the opening half of the encounter.

10′: 10 minutes in the Wafa Wafa encounter, yet no goals so far.

08′: Fortune Makaringe injured in Maritzburg’s half. No clear cut chances so far in the encounter.

06′: Both sides still searching for ball possession. Maritzburg keeper, doing all the work at the back.

01′: Kick-off



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City, Wits in second successive MTN8 semifinal – MTN8 2017


Enocent Mkhabela of Platinum Stars battles for the ball with Lebogang Manyama of Cape Town City FC during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 football match between Cape Town City FC and Platinum Stars at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 23 August 2017 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 11:30


Cape Town City and Bidvest Wits will meet in the semifinals of the MTN8 for the second successive season, with their first leg clash set for Cape Town Stadium on 27 August 2017, kick-off at 15h30.

CTC booked their place in the last four with a narrow 1-0 win over Polokwane City. Sibusiso Mbonani scored an unfortunate own goal to leave Rise and Shine feeling they were unlucky to lose, but in truth Benni McCarthy’s debut win as a coach should have been secured with a greater margin, given the chances his side created.

By contrast, Wits had to fight back from two goals down to secure a 2-2 draw with Golden Arrows, before edging the KwaZulu-Natal team on post-match penalties. It was a fraught match for the defending champions, who had debutant Slavko Damjanovic sent off (one of six red cards dished out) but saw striker James Keene score two goals to become the tournament’s early leading marksman.

As mentioned above, City and Wits met in last season’s MTN8 semifinals – their only cup clashes to date. The Clever Boys claimed a 3-0 home win in the first leg (courtesy of goals from Eleazar Rodgers, Elias Pelembe and Frank Mhango) before playing out a goalless stalemate in the return to secure comfortable progression into the final.

Gavin Hunt’s side didn’t have things their own way in the teams’ league clashes, however, with City winning 3-2 in Johannesburg in the first half of the season, before the clubs played out a 1-1 draw in the return game in the ‘Mother City’. By the end of the campaign, Wits finished as champions, two places and five points clear of the Citizens.

The teams clashed again just last week, meeting at the Bidvest Stadium on the opening weekend of the new 2017/18 Absa Premiership season. City claimed a surprise 1-0 win thanks to a goal from Lehlohonolo Majoro, meaning that the teams’ five meetings across all competitions have produced two wins for the Cape side, one for Wits and two draws.



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Battle of the Uniteds in MTN8 semifinals – MTN8 2017


Mohau Mokate of Maritzburg United challenged by Morgan Gould of Supersport United during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 match between Supersport United and Maritzburg United at Lucas Moripe Stadium, Pretoria South Africa on 22 February 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Friday Aug 25, 2017. 10:30


SuperSport United and Maritzburg United will renew their rivalry in the semifinals of the MTN8, with their first leg clash set for Lucas Moripe Stadium on 26 August 2017, kick-off at 20h15.

SuperSport booked their place in the last four thanks to a 1-0 win over Kaizer Chiefs, with Jeremy Brockie scoring the decisive goal to hand Eric Tinkler a winning start to the 2017/18 season.

But if Matsatsantsa’s win was a turn up for the books, it was nothing compared to Maritzburg’s 1-0 triumph over Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals. Evans Rusike scored the only goal of the match as the Team of Choice moved into the semifinals of the MTN8 for the first time in their history.

The two Uniteds have met in just two previous cup clashes, both of which were in the 2012/13 season. SuperSport defeated Maritzburg in the quarterfinals of both the Telkom Knockout (2-0 away) and Nedbank Cup (2-1 away).

Overall, the teams have clashed in 24 matches across all competitions since 2005/06. The record is skewed very much in favour of Matsatsantsa, who have claimed 14 wins compared to just two for their KwaZulu-Natal counterparts.

The Tshwane side are also unbeaten in their last five meetings with Maritzburg, including a league ‘double’ in the 2016/17 Absa Premiership – the teams’ most recent clashes. SuperSport won 1-0 away in the first half of the campaign, before claiming an emphatic 4-1 triumph in the return game at home.

However, neither of those defeats came with Fadlu Davids in charge of the Team of Choice. The young coach took over the reins in the latter stages of last season and did such a fine job that he has since been appointed permanently.

He only enhanced his reputation with the victory over Mamelodi Sundowns and his battle of tactical wits with counterpart Tinkler promises to be one of the highlights of this semifinal battle.



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Maritzburg United hand Sundowns MTN8 exit – MTN8 2017


Evans Rusike of Maritzburg United celebrates a goal with teammates during the 2017 MTN8 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 13 August 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 17:16


Maritzburg United edged out Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Sunday.

As a result, the Team of Choice advance to the semi-finals where they will take on SuperSport United, while the Brazilians are out of the tournament.

The hosts nearly grabbed an early lead, but Khama Billiat’s attempt was well saved by Maritzburg goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle just six minutes into the game.

Sundowns keeper Kennedy Mweene was also forced into an early save two minutes later – denying Maritzburg midfielder Lebohang Maboe.

Both keepers had a busy first-half as Sundowns full-back Tebogo Langerman forced Mpandle into a good save from range in the 39th minute.

Zambia international Mweene then denied Maboe for the second time on the stroke of half-time and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

The deadlock was finally broken 13 minutes into the second-half after the Sundowns defence was exposed with the hosts had attacked in numbers.

Zimbabwe international Evans Rusike hit the back of the net to make it 1-0 to Maritzburg with Siphesihle Ndlovu grabbing an assist.

Then it was wave after wave as Sundowns looked to level matters with Khama Billiat missing the target with a powerful header in the 63th minute.

Mpandle, the Maritzburg keeper, made a great finger-tipping save to deny Sundowns captain and midfielder Hlompho Kekana with three minutes left on the clock.

Nevertheless, the visitors were solid at the back in the closing stages of the match and ultimately, Maritzburg ran out 1-0 winners.

Sundowns (0) 0

Maritzburg (0) 1 (Rusike 58′)

Sundowns: Mweene, Morena, Madisha, Nthethe, Langerman, Vilakazi (Manyisa 73′), Kekana, Billiat (Lebese 80′) Tau, Zwane, Zakri (Laffor 61′).

Maritzburg: Mpandle, Fransman, Weidlich, Sanoka, Makaringe (Xulu 89′), Mekoa, Shandu, Ndlovu, Van Wyk (Kunene 62′), Maboe, Rusike (Fileccia 73′).



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2017 MTN8: Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg Utd – As it happened – MTN8 2017


Thapelo Morena of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Lebohang Maboe of Maritzburg United during the 2017 MTN8 match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria on 13 August 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Aug 13, 2017. 16:50


Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match between Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Pretoria, South Africa.


LINEUPS:

Sundowns XI: Mweene, Morena, Madisha, Nthethe, Langerman, Vilakazi, Kekana, Billiat, Tau, Zwane, Zakri.

Maritzburg XI: Mpandle, Fransman, Weidlich, Sanoka, Makaringe, Mekoa, Shandu, Ndlovu, Van Wyk, Maboe, Rusike.

COMMENTARY:

That’s all from the Lucas Moripe Stadium where we saw Maritzburg stunning Sundowns 1-0. As a result, the Team Choice join Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United and Cape Town City in the semi-finals, while the Brazilians are out of the lucrative tournament.



FULL-TIME: Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg.

90′ – The fourth official has added four minutes.

89′ Maritzburg sub: Xulu IN, Makaringe OUT.

85′ – Five minutes left for Sundowns to snatch a late equalizer.

80′ – Sundowns sub: Lebese IN, Billiat OUT.

75′ – Sundowns are camping in the Maritzburg half as they press the visitors, who are looking to hold on to their slender lead.

73′ – Sundowns sub: Manyisa IN, Vilakazi OUT.

73′ Maritzburg sub: Fileccia IN, Rusike OUT.

70′ – Maritzburg are defending in numbers, but they are looking dangerous on the counter-attack.

65′ – Laffor is looking lively as he looks to restore parity for Sundowns with 25 minutes left on the clock.

62′ – Maritzburg sub: Kunene IN, Van Wyk OUT.

61′ – Sundowns sub: Laffor IN, Zakri OUT.

60′ – It’s 1-0 to Maritzburg as we reach the hour-mark.

58′ – GOAL! Sundowns 0-1 Maritzburg. Rusike fires home following a quick counter-attack by the visitors.

55′ – Pressure is mounting on the Maritzburg defence as Sundowns defender Nthethe’s header hits the upright with Mpandle rooted to ground.

50′ – Langerman whips a good cross into the Maritzburg box and Weidlich makes a great clearance with Sundowns forward Zakri lurking behind him.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Sundowns 0-0 Maritzburg.

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes.

40′ – Sundowns full-back Langerman tries his luck from range and his effort is easily saved by Maritzburg keeper Mpandle.

35′ – CHANCE! Maritzburg captain Weidlich bursts into the Sundowns box, but he fires wide of the target.

30′ – It remains goalless here at the Lucas Moripe Stadium as we reach the half-hour mark.

25′ – Sundowns forward Tau makes a good run down the left-hand side and he plays a cross which is well saved by Maritzburg keeper Mpandle.

20′ – Kekana, the Sundowns captain, is now stamping his authority in central midfield as the hosts look to gain control of the match.

15′ – Maritzburg have been the better side thus far dominating possession as they look to penetrate the Sundowns defence.

10′ – Both goalkeepers are called in action as Sundowns forward Billiat forces Maritzburg shot-stopper Mpandle into a decent save and the other end, Maboe’s thunderous effort is well saved by Mweene in Sundowns goal.

5′ – Maritzburg striker Rusike’s deflected shot goes out for a corner-kick as the visitors search for an early goal.

1′ – The match is underway.



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SuperSport edge Chiefs to seal MTN8 semifinal spot – MTN8 2017


Jeremy Brockie of Supersport United celebrates goal during 2017 MTN8 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban South Africa on 12 August 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 22:44


Jeremy Brockie’s sixth minute strike proved to be the difference between SuperSport United and Kaizer Chiefs, as Matsatsantsa sealed their place in the 2017 MTN8 semifinals with a 1-0 win at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening.

Different season, same problems for the Amakhosi who failed to capitalize on a catalogue of chances throughout the 90 as another chance at silverware for Steve Komphela goes abegging.

SuperSport join Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City in the next round with Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United to do battle on Sunday.

Eric Tinkler’s influence was noticeable as early as the sixth minute as a superb counter-attack goal opened the scoring on the night.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane, Bradley Grobler and Brockie linking up for a wonderful goal; capped off by the New Zealand international who skipped past Lorenzo Gordinho before firing past Itumeleng Khune, 0-1.

The goal breathed some urgency into Chiefs who hit the post in the 23rd minute through a deflected shot from Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Ronwen Williams was then called into action to deny Bernard Parker as the Glamour Boys headed into the break on top, but a goal down.

A similar pattern would follow in the second with Chiefs dominating both possession and territory.

Parker and Hendrick Ekstein would also hit the woodwork on a night where luck wasn’t on the Glamour Boys side with SuperSport made to absorb wave-after-wave of attack.

Tinkler’s men would not buckle under the amount of relentless pressure and successfully held on to book their place in the final four.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0

SuperSport United (1) 1 (Brockie 6′)

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Mphahlele (Jayiya 82′), Gordinho, Mathoho, Masilela – Maluleka, Katsande, Ekstein, Tshabalala – Parker (Malongoane 73′), Paez

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels (Mashamaite 80′), Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Alexander (Phala 46′) – Wome (Nhlapo 68′), Grobler, Brockie



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2017 MTN8: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 SuperSport United – AS IT HAPPENED – MTN8 2017


Bradley Grobler of Supersport United challenged by Lorenzo Gordinho of Kaizer Chiefs during the Absa Premiership match between Kaizer Chiefs and Supersport United at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on the 23 November 2016©Samuel Shivambu/Backpagepix

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Staff Reporter

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 22:04


Good evening and welcome to our live coverage of the 2017 MTN8 quarterfinal clash between Kaizer Chiefs and SuperSport United from the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

The two club’s will be aiming to join Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City in the final four, with Mamelodi Sundowns and Maritzburg United to round off the weekend’s round of fixtures on Sunday.

Match commentary (As It Happened):

All times CAT

90+5′ Full-Time: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 SuperSport United (Jeremy Brockie 6′)

88′ Aubrey Modiba the next to go into the referee’s book.

86′ Into the final few minutes of regulation time we go. SuperSport happy to sit back and absorb constant Chiefs pressure, will they be able to hold on?

82′ Ramahlwe Mphahlele makes way for Bhongolwethu Jayiya – the former Cape Town City man on to make his debut.

80′ Clayton Daniels makes way for former Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite

75′ WOODWORK! For the third time in the match, Kaizer Chiefs have seen the ball rattle the frame of the goal with Hendrick Ekstein’s shot hitting the crossbar.

73′ Bernard Parker OUT, Joseph Malongoane IN for Kaizer Chiefs.

68′ Dove Wome makes way for Siyabonga Nhlapo

67′ Yellow card for Katsande who is still fuming from that challenge by Dean Furman.

61′ Yellow card for Dean Furman following a challenge on Willard Katsande

60′ Hour played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium – SuperSport United still holding onto a narrow lead as things start to get heated between the two sides.

55′ POST! Bernard Parker’s header bounces off the woodwork before Grant Kekana clears off the line. All happening.

52′ Lucky escape for Itumeleng Khune who made a hash of his attempted clearance, Erick Mathoho gets back well to clear Bradley Grobler’s shot from bouncing into the back of the net.

50′ Good start to the half by the visitors – as in the first – they are the one’s making early inroads.

46′ Second half is underway in Durban, SuperSport hold a slender lead thanks to Jeremy Brockie.

46′ Cole Alexander makes way for Thuso Phala.

45+4′ Half-Time: Kaizer Chiefs 0-1 SuperSport United

43′ Glamour Boys all over their opponents as we enter the final few minutes of the first-half; just can’t find that killer blow (deja vu really).

35′ SAVE! Excellent stop by Ronwen Williams to keep our Bernard Parker’s bullet from the edge of the area. Amakhosi on top, but behind.

33′ Ronwen Williams escapes from what would have been an embarrassing moment. Amakhosi closing down their opponents in frantic fashion as they look for the equaliser.

29′ Bradley Grobler goes into the referee’s book. Real strikers challenge by the SuperSport United man who tracked back well into his own half. Matsatsantsa working hard.

23′ POST! Siphiwe Tshabalala’s deflected effort canon’s off the woodwork. Best chance of the match for the Amakhosi.

19′ Bernard Parker gets in behind the SuperSport United defence and tries to pick out Gustavo Paez, but his cross goes out of play.

14′ Chiefs, though, have to be very wary of the counter-attack. Ronwen Williams quick to release the ball to the SuperSport attackers on transition.

12′ Kaizer Chiefs looking for a way back into the clash, but SuperSport survive a spell of Amakhosi pressure.

6′ GOAL! Jeremy Brockie! SuperSport United hit the front in Durban following a quick counter-attack, Grobler with a delightful pass, but Brockie still had a lot to do. He cuts in field and fires past Khune! Eric Tinkler’s impact immediately evident.

3′ Good turnout in Durban at a Stadium where both teams have tasted recent cup success. Chiefs have a lot of fans in KZN.

1′ Kick-off in Durban!

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Mphahlele, Gordinho, Mathoho, Masilela – Maluleka, Katsande, Ekstein, Tshabalala – Parker, Paez

SuperSport United: Williams; Kekana, Gould, Daniels, Modiba – Furman, Letsholonyane, Alexander – Wome, Grobler, Brockie



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2017 MTN8: Cape Town City 1-0 Polokwane City – As it happened – MTN8 2017


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Aug 12, 2017. 16:47


Welcome to coverage of the 2017 MTN8 quarterfinal between Cape Town City and Polokwane City from the Cape Town Stadium.

Last night we saw defending champions Bidvest Wits edge into the semifinal thanks to a penalty shootout win over Golden Arrows, with the teams having drawn 2-2 in Johannesburg. This match in the ‘Mother City‘ saw the hosts become the second team into tomorrow’s semifinal draw.

Match commentary:
All times CAT

90+5′ – Full time – Done and dusted, CTC have won 1-0 and advance into the semifinals! A deserved win given the number of chances they made, but coach Benni McCarthy will want to see better finishing in the future.

90+3′ – CTC sitting deep but looking very dangerous on the counter attack…

90+1′ – Substitution – Manyama makes way for Ebrahim Seedat in CT City’s final change.

90′ – There will be five minutes of added time.

87′ – Manyama goes down with cramp, no doubt looking to eat up a bit of time for his team.

84′ – Yellow card – Hlongwane into the book for a high foot near Lakay’s head.

83′ – Substitution – Majoro makes way for Mpho Matsi in CTC’s second change of the match.

80′ – Substitution – Wiseman Maluleke replaces Seabi in Polokwane’s last change.

78′ – Substitution – Polokwane swap Tlolane out for Thobani Mncwango.

77′ – Manyama breaks away on the counter, plays in Majoro… who is denied by Chigova!

75′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is receiving some treatment for cramp. The visitors are readying two substitutes…

71′ – Less than 20 minutes of regulation time left. Will the hosts’ missed chances come back to haunt them?

69′ – Patosi with a chance, his shot is saved by Chigova… the rebound falls for Lakay, who drags his effort wide of the target!

66′ – Substitution – Ayanda Patosi makes his CTC debut as he replaces Masina.

65′ – CTC appeal for a penalty after Manyama’s shot is half blocked by a defender’s hand, but the referee isn’t interested.

61′ – Semenya overcooks a cross when Ramagalela would have had a simple finish at the far post!

60′ – Up to the hour mark, Cape Town City still enjoy a 1-0 lead after Mbonani’s first-half own goal.

56′ – Substitution – Polokwane’s first change sees Lorence Vilaklazi replace Phiri. Nicely worked chance from Polokwane and Tlolane trades passes with Maluleke, but his shot is easily saved by Walters.

55′ – Majoro with a sight of goal after he sneaks between two defenders, but his effort is straight at Chigova.

53′ – Seabi makes a vital intervention in defence as Lakay’s cross from the left almost hands Majoro a clear scoring chance.

52′ – Masina looks to get a header on target, but he’s flagged offside.

49′ – Tlolane gets in behind the defence from the left of the penalty area and is denied from a tight angle by goalkeeper Walters!

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – There’s the whistle for the interval, with CT City deservedly holding a 1-0 lead. Can Rise and Shine come back into the game in the second half?

45+1′ – This time Mbonani does well at the other end to prevent Putsche having a tap-in from Masina’s excellent cross.

45′ – Mngomezulu arrives late to meet a low cross, but Dove does just enough to ensure the winger’s effort is spooned over the crossbar.

42′ – Yellow card – Mbonani goes into the book just a few minutes after his own goal.

40′ – Lakay with a snap shot from just outside the box, but the ball skips well wide of the mark.

38′ – GOAL! CTC 1-0 Polokwane – CTC claim the lead through an unlikely source, as poor Mbonani tries to cushion a header back to his goalkeeper but puts a looping effort over Chigova for an own goal!

37′ – Putsche with a sight of goal, but his low effort is blocked by Mbonani!

34′ – Ramagalela cuts inside from the left and shoots from within the box, but Johannes makes a vital block!

33′ – Polokwane with a free kick out wide on the right. Maluleke tries to pick out Seabi at the far post, but his effort has too much on it.

29′ – Yellow card – CTC’s Mkhize is booked for a clumsy challenge from behind on Mngomezulu.

28′ – Manyama free in the box with a clear sight of goal, but he slips at the vital moment and the chance is gone!

26′ – Cape Town have a goal ruled out for offside after Majoro taps-in from Lakay’s low cross… TV replays suggest the hosts were hard done by.

25′ – Super skill from Mngomezulu to skip past Dove, before his cross is put behind for a corner kick. The set piece from captain Maluleke is well defended by CT City.

23′ – Up the midway point of the first half, still goalless between the ‘Citizens’ and ‘Rise and Shine’.

19′ – Polokwane’s Tlolane is incorrectly flagged offside, robbing the visitors of a good scoring chance.

15′ – Manyama with a great pass to put Majoro in on goal, but the striker’s quick attempt is comfortably saved by Chigova!

14′ – The hosts are settling into a pattern of possession, with Polokwane happy to sit back for now.

11′ – Masina whips in a cross from the right, but it’s straight at Chigova, who makes an easy catch and sends Polokwane away on the counter attack.

9′ – Yellow card – Seabi is deservedly booked for a cynical foul on Masina, who was threatening to open up Polokwane’s defence.

7′ – Both teams very eager to hit on the break and possession is being turned over regularly in these opening minutes.

4′ – Mngomezulu pulls a shot/cross that skips across the penalty area but doesn’t threaten CTC’s defence. End-to-end stuff so far.

2′ – The first chance of the match sees Majoro with a sight of goal, but his left-footed attempt from a tight angle hits the side netting.

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at Cape Town Stadium! Cape Town City wear their home strip of blue and yellow, while Polokwane City are in all orange.

14h55 – Five minutes to kick-off, and we have confirmation that Thabo Nodada has replaced Modise in the starting XI.

14h45 – Breaking news in regards to the line-ups, with Teko Modise ruled out after picking up an injury in the warm-up.

14h30 – There’s 30 minutes to kick-off in Cape Town, here are the starting line-ups for the teams:

Cape Town City: Walters, Mkhize, Johannes, Gumede, Dove, Masina, Putsche, Nodada, Lakay, Manyama, Majoro

Polokwane CityChigova, Semenya, Mbonani, Tshilo, Hlongwane, Maluleke, Seabi, Phiri, Mngomezulu, Ramagalela, Tlolane



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Bidvest Wits book MTN8 Cup semi-final spot


Thulani Hlatshwayo of Bidvest Wits celebrates a goal during the MTN8 match between Bidvest Wits and Orlando Pirates on 27 August 2016 at Bidvest Stadium

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Aug 11, 2017. 23:15


Bidvest Wits overcame Golden Arrows 4-3 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in the 2017 MTN8 Cup quarter-final match at the Bidvest Stadium in on Friday night.

The win sees the defending champions Clever Boys progress into the semi-finals, while Abafana Bes’thende have been eliminated from the competition.

Abafana Bes’thende took a surprise lead just 11 minutes into the game as Lerato Lamola headed home Siphelele Magubane’s cross to make it 1-0 to Arrows.

The Clever Boys were then reduced to 10 men when debutant Slavko Damjanovic was showed a straight red card for a dangerous tackle in the 20th minute.

It was soon 2-0 to Arrows as Wayde Jooste set-up Mahachi, who made no mistake as he beat Wits goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs in the 24th minute.

But James Keene managed to pull one back when he converted from the spot-kick two minutes later after Wits were awarded a penalty.

Arrows were also reduced to 10 men after Danny Phiri received his second yellow card just the before the half-time break. The score was 2-1 to Arrows at the interval.

The Clever Boys dominated the second-half and they managed to restore parity a minute after the hour-mark with the Abafana Bes’thende defence exposed.

A cross from Reeve Frosler found his teammate Keene, who then hit the back of the net from close range making it 2-2 – grabbing his brace in the process.

Second-half substitute Frank Gabadinho Mhango almost scored with his first touch in the 76th minute, but his header was blocked in the line.

Abafana Bes’thende stood firm in the dying minutes of the match and the encounter ended in a 2-2 draw in regulation time, and extra-time followed.

Arrows nearly grabbed a goal in extra-time when Nduduzo Sibiya unleashed a powerful low shot from range and Josephs brilliantly parried the ball away – keeping his side in the game.

The visitors then lost another man after Arrows defender Siyabonga Dube was given a straight red card. But nine-men Arrows contained Wits and ultimately, the match went into a penalty shootout.

However, Wits converted four penalties, while Arrows missed three and the former emerged 4-3 winners on penalties.

Wits (2) 2 (Keene 26′, 61′)

Arrows (1) 2 (Lamola 11′, Mahachi 24′)

Wits: Josephs, Frosler, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Damjanovic, Scott (Khumalo 22′), Monare, Claasen (Pienaar 84′), Pule (Mhango 75′), Pelembe, Keene.

Arrows: Gumede, Dube, Nonyane, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Phiri, Cele, Mahachi, Magubane (Sibiya 22′), Jooste (Bilankulu 46′), Lamola (Mutizwa 95′).



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