Kaizer Chiefs are out of the 2020 Nedbank Cup after they suffered a 5-4 loss in a penalty shootout to Highlands Park at the Makhulong stadium in Tembisa on Saturday afternoon. The two sides were level pegging at 1-1 in regulation time and the score remained unchanged in extra time.
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In another match, Real Kings beat Mbombela United by two goals to one at the KaNyamazane Stadium in Mbombela.
Chiefs travelled to Tembisa looking for their third win of the season against Highlands Park.
In the first round of the league campaign, Amakhosi won 3-2 at the Makhulong Stadium and in the second round, just over a month ago, they claimed a 3-0 victory when celebrating the team’s 50th birthday at the FNB Stadium.
The home side took the game to Chiefs from the word go.
Itumeleng Khune saved Peter Shalulile’s attempt from a point blank range after a corner-kick. After absorbing some pressure, the visitors pushed numbers forward and unlocked Highlands Park’s defence with exquisite passes.
In the second half, the heavens opened and so did the goals. Shalulile continued with his good form, opening the scoring.
The equaliser was swift from Amakhosi, when Sello Motsepe levelled matter through an own goal that would force the match to extra time and spot kicks.
Substitute Dumisani Zuma was brought down inside the penalty area, but the referee did not point to the spot, to the disappointment of Amakhosi faithful.
There was nothing separating the two sides after 90 minutes of football and in extra time – it remained 1-1.
Highlands Park won the encounter 5-4 on penalties, kicking Chiefs out of the tournament. Chiefs’ George Maluleke blasted his spot kick over the goals while Khama Billiat hit the upright giving Highlands Park the advantage they welcomed.
In Mpumalanga, it was a battle of National First Division sides at the KaNyamazane Stadium. Mbombela United were at home against Real Kings.
Fifteen minutes into the match, the visitors were celebrating the opening goal of the match. The homeside, however, was not to be outdone in their backyard.
United survived a scare when Edward Manqele’s header hit the crossbar. When it seemed like the match would drag to extra time, Diego Brown scored.
The Real Kings have joined Highlands Park and Black Leopards in the last eight of the Nedbank Cup.
Lidoda Duvha beat Amavarara 2-0 at the Thohoyandou stadium on Friday evening.
Later on Saturday evening, Bloemfontein Celtic will take on Maritzburg United.
On Sunday, Mamelodi Sundowns will look to advance to the last eight of the tournament at the expense of Vaal University of Technology, while Baroka will take on Hungry Lions and Bidvest Wits will play host to Chippa United.