Sundowns to play against Celtic in the Nedbank Cup final


Ntombekhaya Zibi

Mamelodi Sundowns booked the last place in the Nedbank Cup final with a convincing victory of 3-2 over Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Saturday late.

The first five minutes of the game was very slow but Wits woke Sundowns up when Deon Hotto pulled a long-range shot and the goalkeeper couldn’t secure it cleanly, Cole Alexander also tried but the finish was bad.

During the 37nth minute, Buhle Mkhwanazi got penalised for shirt-pulling inside the Wits area. Ricardo Nascimento made no mistake and executed the penalty perfectly as Sundowns then lead by 1-0.

After half time Wits came back to the game as the ball possession was theirs. After a few substitutions both teams were going head to head showing that they both wanted a win.

The clever boys finally found an equalizer in the 78th minute when Madisha played carelessly and lost the ball to Terrence Dzvukamanja. Sundowns restored parity with nine minutes to go when Keletso Makgalwa took advantage of the fact that the clever boys’ goalkeeper was out of his box, taking the lead again.

It was obvious that Bidvest Wits wasn’t going to give up because Dzvukamanja scored his second goal of the match and it was thanks to a defensive error from Madisha.

However, the Brazilians had the last laugh after Lyle Lakay sent a free-kick inside the goal in added time to send Sundowns into their second cup final of the season.

Mamelodi Sundowns will play Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of the Nedbank Cup after their win over Bidvest Wits in the semi-finals on Saturday evening.

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