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Nedbank Cup Final Report: Maritzburg United v Free State Stars 19 May 2018

By Soccer Laduma - May 19, 2018 09:01 PM

Nedbank Cup

 

Result: Maritzburg United 0-1 Free State Stars 

 
Date: 19 May 2018
 
Venue: Cape Town Stadium 
 
Free State Stars have clinched their first-ever Nedbank Cup title after defeating Maritzburg United 1-0 in the final at the Cape Town Stadium.
 
Click through the gallery to see the highlights of the game.
 
Siphelele Mthembu had the first shot in anger for Ea Lla Koto in the third minute with a half-volley from just outside the box, but goalkeeper Richard Ofori collected with ease.
 
Maritzburg were playing good flowing football going forward but lacked the penetration in the final third, while Stars were playing deep towards half-an-hour, looking to absorb the pressure and hit on counter-attacks.
 
Bevan Fransman came close to breaking the deadlock seven minutes before half-time for Fadlu Davids’ charges with a glancing header inside the area but Stars goalkeeper Thela Ngobeni made a good save in the bottom corner.
 
Goodman Dlamini got the breakthrough for Stars a minute before the break with an impressive curling strike into a gaping net after Sinethemba Jantjie played a defence-splitting pass, 0-1.
 
Bandile Shandu had a good crack at goal six minutes after the break for United but his fierce effort sailed narrowly wide.
 
Luc Eymael’s troops were notably staying deep in their own half towards the hour-mark, looking to exploit United on the break as the KZN outfit were attacking in numbers.
 
Andrea Fileccia almost leveled matters for the Team of Choice 20 minutes before time with a left-footed snap shot that sailed into the side-netting.
 
The game was swinging from end to end with 10 minutes left on the clock as United threw the kitchen sink at Stars, who were dangerous on the break.
 
Siyanda Xulu missed a sitter for United three minutes before time as he somehow placed his bicycle-kick effort over the crossbar from three yards out as Stars held on for the win and their first-ever Nedbank title.
 
Here's how they line up:
 
Maritzburg: 31. Ofori, 16. Fransman, 25. Xulu, 26. Shandu, 3. Sanoka, 15, Maboe, 23. De Reuck, 11. Makaringe, 8. Ndlovu, 9. Fileccia, 28. Mekoa. 
 
Subs: 1. Mpandle, 18. Eksteen, 14. Matima, 36. Kunene, 22. Mokate, 10. Atouba, 6. Tlhone.
 
Stars: 32. Ngobeni, 5. Masehe, 2. Mobbie, 28. Mahamutsa, 22. Keita, 29. Phungwayo, 21. Mthembu, 27. Tchilimbou, 26. Dlamini, 11. Jantjie, 50. Vilakazi.

Subs: 23. Sangare, 4. Makhaula, 6. Teyise, 3. Anas, 20. Mashego, 35. Klaas, 39. Cosse.


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Chicharito07 Joined: 27 Nov 2015
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Chicharito07 May 22, 2018 11:00 PM
Thanks to Luc Eymael and his team #Record
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Punch SD Joined: 14 Oct 2014
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Punch SD May 20, 2018 01:24 PM
Sundowns wanted to buy Mnyamane bt Fau wanted him & we back off, Villa wanted to go to Fau fc BT they couldn't afford him, ah being trophyless for many seasons its taking its toll to sum fans mxm
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kingMzu84 May 20, 2018 11:29 AM
@boris becker I'm nt hurt at jst tired of dunu running naked here as if thy hv won ths final
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khosiologists Joined: 03 Mar 2017
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khosiologists May 20, 2018 10:45 AM
@PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN xulu sold it to ffs.did u saw how he denied felicia an opportunity to score in the dying minutes of the game?
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khosiologists May 20, 2018 10:42 AM
lack of communication cost Maritzburg big time.congrats to offset
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roger-fetumba May 20, 2018 10:24 AM
FSS were lucky to get a goal mistake from Ndlovu other than FSS was nowhere to be found in the game Maritzburg were unlucky lastnight
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setlaboswana May 20, 2018 10:20 AM
Fau and builders have nothing to show for their efforts in the past 3 seasons while the so-called small teams continue to shine.
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 20, 2018 09:33 AM
Eymael outclassed Fadlu tactically
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN Joined: 24 Mar 2017
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PHAZAMISA AKA NGOZI THE RETURN May 20, 2018 09:32 AM
I thought Maritzburg played very well and deserved to win but nonetheless congrats to Free state stars
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Rockyrantsha4208 May 20, 2018 09:21 AM
De final i witnessed last night ws one of its kind ....it ws having entertainment from first whistle to last n fans were in electrifying moods.....even big teams hv nva gave dis kind of entertainment since 2007..... Regardless of the score ....the teams played it all
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downzzz Joined: 27 Jan 2018
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downzzz May 20, 2018 09:15 AM
Congra fss hardluc to maritz
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Moruled2 May 20, 2018 09:14 AM
@manguza so percy,zwane,vilakazi,kekana,ma bunda,madisha,makgalwa r all average according 2 u?hai i rest my case 4 a change lets become happy 4 teams dat do well so dat sa soccer can move 4ward if u wana blame any1 4 lack of progress in our football blame safa 4 da mess we find ourselves in what r their programmes r they taking us anywhere?y r we nt qualifying 4 major tournaments is it bcoz of sundowns
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chiefs is useless May 20, 2018 09:04 AM
This Free state stars Boys Got Moses Mabhida Burnt I respect them
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manguza Joined: 15 Feb 2010
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manguza May 20, 2018 09:01 AM
@Matayitayi , only if they can be signed by teams which will use them properly..............watch the space.................
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roger-fetumba May 20, 2018 09:00 AM
Congrats to FSS , you showed from mabhida that you mean business in thisNDBK cup and as for my home boys hard luck boys
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manguza May 20, 2018 08:59 AM
@Nelson , and @Moruled2, for your information I don't have any problem with with sundowns i've always loved to see the sky especially under the leadership of Ted if you know him, with the likes of bance bapela, Fetumba Masilela, Shai you name them. That was a team that most S.A admired a well built team not from destroying your competition. With all the millions spent under the name of Sundowns who is the South African star today that any other nationa fear to play against. .............................. .........
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roger-fetumba May 20, 2018 08:54 AM
Stars won the Nedbank cup and made Khompela lost his job
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Matayitayi Joined: 24 Jan 2014
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Matayitayi May 20, 2018 08:53 AM
Maritzburg boys Maboe ,Makaringe and Ndlovu are hot properties
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roger-fetumba May 20, 2018 08:53 AM
Stars eliminated Zebra and go all the way to win it and same Stars that made Zebra hooligans burned Mabhida
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Matayitayi May 20, 2018 08:52 AM
Well done Ella koto. .for Thela Ngobeni and Paulus Masehe

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