Mamelodi Sundowns became the last team to join the three teams for the Telkom Knockout semi-finals. Sundowns beat Chippa United 4-3 after a penalty shootout in a match played at the Nelson Mandela Stadium.
Meanwhile, in a Telkom Knockout semi-final draw that took place immediately after the match, Golden Arrows will host Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs entertains Maritzburg United. The time and venues will be announced soon.
The story of Chippa United is that of a merry go round of firing and hiring coaches and their coach Norman Mapeza knows all too well that the Chillie Boys demand results.
Chippa, who are at the bottom of the log, have not won a single match in the ABSA Premiership. It’s a cause for concern that they drew four and lost five matches.
Chippa did not really need the Telkom Knockout since they needed to improve in their league position but they needed it for redemption and as a confidence booster and it came at the right time as they led 1-0 in the first half through Nigerian striker Augustine Kwem.
From there on Sundowns was under pressure as Chippa launched attack after attack.
In the second half Sundowns made a dramatic comeback. They pressed United high and forced it to commit mistakes at the back. Zimbabwean Kelvin Moyo was penalised for a rough tackle in the box and a penalty awarded for Sundowns. Gaston Sirino equalised.
Chillie Boys pushed for another lead and this time it came through Silas Maziya.
Sundowns once more equalised following a howler by Chippa goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.
Then referee Luxolo Badi did the unthinkable, he booked Chippa United coach, Mapeza, then Phetso Maphanga and Tercious Malepe all at the same time.
Malepe got his marching orders for a second bookable offence. No goal was scored in extra time and then it was time for a penalty shootout. Chippa have themselves to blame after they failed to score two shots with William Twala and Lehlogonola Masalesa the culprits.
#TKO2019 – SEMI-FINAL DRAW:
Golden Arrows vs Mamelodi Sundowns
Kaizer Chiefs vs Maritzburg United pic.twitter.com/TYRP2t6wEG
— SuperSport 🏉🏆 (@SuperSportTV) November 3, 2019