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Sundowns advance to the Telkom Knockout finals
23 November 2019, 5:34 PM

Mamelodi Sundowns have advanced to the final of the Telkom Knockout.

They beat Golden Arrows two-one in the first semi-final match played at a packed Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Durban this afternoon. Sundowns will await the winner of the second semi-finalists between Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United.

Golden Arrows came into this match with a psychological edge over Sundowns. Abafana Besthende beat the Chloorkop boys three-two in the ABSA Premiership earlier this month.

The 2016 African champions had a grand plan this time. Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane made the necessary changes in the squad that played against the same team and the results showed in the 11th minute.

Arrows coach Steve Komphela changed the tactics. His players controlled the midfield and attacked when necessary.

Sundowns countered on their plan and soon they were in control of the match. They pressed Arrows high and were rewarded when Gaston Sirino scored the second goal.

In the second half Arrows tried to make a comeback but their finishing let them down. Finally Arrows scored the consolation goal with only nine minutes to go before the final whistle.

Sundowns were reduced to ten men after Sirino was red carded for a rough tackle. However, Arrows failed to use that to their advantage.

Sundowns pushed to a penalty shootout victory
3 November 2019, 8:10 PM

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.



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