Sundowns Win Telkom Knockout

Mamelodi Sundowns defeated Kaizer Chiefs for the first time in a competitive cup final by winning the Telkom Knockout final 3-1 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday.  Chiefs started the match attacking receiving an early throw-in seconds into the match.  Leonardo Castro netted in a beautiful opener after a cutback by Khama Billiat from Teboho Langerman’s cross in the fourth minute.

Bongani Zungu was brought down in the middle of the park by Tshepo Baloyi in the 11th minute.  Pule Eckstein’s shot went wide seconds later as Amakhosi searched for the response.  Willard Katsande was brought down just outside the box by Langerman in the 17th minute but Siphiwe Tshabalala’s shot hit the wall leaving the Brazilians to regroup.

Downs launched a number of attacks trying to double their score which saw Themba Zwane’s shot going wide trying to bend the ball into to top corner in the 21st minute.  The ball fell kindly for Siboniso Gaxa after a defensive blunder but his shot went wide in the 26th minute.  Langerman was shown a yellow card following a foul on Tshabalala in the 32nd minute giving the Naturena club a set piece but it was well defended by the Sundowns defence going into half-time.

Brilliant Khuzwayo made a great save from Zwane’s shot early in the second half punching the ball out for a corner kick which saw Zungu heading in a second goal from the corner kick.  George Lebese’s shot went inches off target in the 52nd minute.  Steve Komphela’s charges were awarded a penalty on the hour mark after Thabo Nthethe brought down Bernard Parker in the box but Denis Onyango made the save from Tshabalala’s shot.

The Glamour Boys were awarded another spot kick in the 72nd minute after a hand ball in the box by Nthethe.  Onyango made another save, this time from Camaldine Abraw.  Hlompho Kekana scored a third goal for the capital club after a quick one-two with Zwane in the 80th minute.

The Soweto Giants continued searching for what was a consolation goal and it arrived in stoppage time courtesy of Abraw but it is Mosimane’s men that celebrates the cup triumph.

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