Hlompho’s goal send Amazulu home

Hlompho’s goal send Amazulu home
Telkomknockput Gallery

Telkomknockput Gallery

A thunder bolt strike on the extra time from Hlompho Kekana, edged Mamelodi Sundowns to the semi finals of the telkom knockout, after beating Amazulu 2-1 at Loftus Stadium last night.

The Tshwane Giants opened scoring in the 15th minutes of the game, when Cuthbert Malatjila headed home a ball that was played by Khama Billiat from the corner.

The Brazilians controlled the majority of possession in a rather slow-tempo cup clash in Pretoria, with AmaZulu not looking very threatening going forward.

Moriri had the clearest opening after the goal, receiving the ball from the lively Billiat inside the area before dragging it back onto his right foot and firing a tame shot at Aubrey Mathibe.

With the introduction of Philane Shange, Mamelodi Sundowns midfield looked comparatively lightweight while Amazulu grew in confidence and poise.

Despite their lead, Sundowns were living dangerously and allowed Usuthu into the game towards the end, although AmaZulu remained without any clear-cut chances.

Bongani Ndulula was booked late in the game for simulation after going down inside the area and calling for a penalty.

After receiving a warning, however, Ndulula found himself in a similar area not long after and rounded-off to send the game into 30 minutes of additional time.

Mamelodi Sundowns did find their lead through Hlompo Kekana in the 106th minute with a low powerful shot into the corner of the net from 20-yards out, 2-1.

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