Mamelodi Sundowns advanced to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after beating Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-0 at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday. Downs dominated possession from the commencement as they created several scoring opportunities but were unfortunate not to convert them into goals. The first chance fell to Khama Billiat in the sixth minute at close range but his shot was blocked by keeper, Jackson Mabokgwane.
Pitso Mosimane’s side dominated throughout the first half but Aces nearly went ahead in the 25th minute, as Denis Onyango failed to deal with Onyekachi Onkonkwo’s long range effort. With half time emerging, the Brazillians continued to dominate but failed to create clear-cut opportunities as the teams went into the break deadlocked at 0-0.
The second half started the same, as the away side created a number of chances in the early stages of the half. Siboniso Gumede was booked for fouling Billiat and Sundows was awarded a free kick. Teko Modise made no mistake as he scored a brilliant goal dead ball effort to put his side 1-0 ahead.
Bhongolwethu Jayiya looked certain to have scored but saw his goal disallowed as he was in an offside position. The men from Pretoria kept pressing and were awarded a second goal through Themba Zwane in the 74th minute. Jayiya had an excellent goal scoring opportunity in the latter stages of the game but missed the target by inches, as the game ended with Sundowns winning 2-0.
Mosimane’s men will face Vasco Da Gama in the final four while Ajax Cape Town will meet SuperSport United. Dates and venues will be announced in due course. The semi-finals will be played on the weekend of 25 April 2015.