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Sending Off, Penalty & More As 3 Wait For Downs/Pirates In Semis

After a sending off in one match and a penalty in another, three teams booked their place in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after some entertaining matches at the weekend. 

Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila and Pretoria Callies joined Chippa United in the semi-finals, while the wait in the fraternity is the outcome of the clash between Mamelodi Sundowns and Orlando Pirates in the remaining fixture of the round.

Read: Downs/Bucs' Nedbank Cup Opponents Confirmed    

Another Cup Final Chance For Malesela After Previous Chiefs Upset   

After spearheading one of the major upsets in the history of South African football when he led NFD outfit TS Galaxy to the final of the Nedbank Cup and secured a 1-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs in May 2019, Dan Malesela has another chance to go all the way with Chippa United.

Malesela guided the Chilli Boys to a 2-1 win over Richards Bay on Saturday at the Sisa Dukashe Stadium to book a spot in the semi-finals of the competition. 

Following the semi-final draw which was conducted on Sunday evening, it has been confirmed that the Eastern Cape outfit will visit Pretoria Callies, with the dates, venues and times of the matches set to be confirmed at a later stage by the Premier Soccer League. 

To read Chippa’s full match report, click here:

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History Made As DVD & Co Lead TTM To Cup Semis For The First Time

History has been made after caretaker coach David ‘DVD’ Mathebula and his technical team led Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila to the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after their victory in the Limpopo derby against Black Leopards.

Vhadau Vha Damani made their intentions known earlier on in the match after Mogakolodi Ngele put the ball in the back of the net in the third minute but had his goal disallowed for a foul on Leopards goalkeeper King Ndlovu.

Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo’s goal and a penalty goal from former Orlando Pirates defender Alfred Ndengane ensured that TTM claimed the bragging rights at the Thohoyandou Stadium and set up a date with either Mamelodi Sundowns or the Buccaneers who are yet to face off in a much-anticipated clash in the only remaining semi-final on April 15. 

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To read TTM’s full match report, click here:

Red Card Not Enough To Deny Callies Semi-Final Spot   

The red card given to Aupa Moeketsi was not enough to deny Pretoria Callies a vital win away from home against fellow second tier side, Cape Town All Stars in their quarter-final match played at the Danie Craven Stadium on Sunday. 

Moeketsi was sent off in the 110th minute after neither of the two sides could score a winner in regulation time.

Under the guidance of veteran coach Sammy Troughton, Callies have advanced to their first ever Nedbank Cup semi-final via a 5-4 penalty shootout victory to become the only remaining GladAfrica Championship side in the competition.

To read Callies’ full match report, click here:

Downs Coach Questions Referee’s Decisions

In the only DStv Premiership match this past weekend, the Mamelodi Sundowns technical team were left frustrated by decisions of the match officials, following the team’s 2-1 win over Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday.

The Brazilians showed their class again by coming from one goal down to win the match through goals from Gaston Sirino and Peter Shalulile.

After the match, Sundowns co-coach Manqoba Mngqithi questioned some of the referee’s decisions, including a penalty appeal in the first five minutes.

Downs are now on 39 points and have opened a four-point gap with second-placed Golden Arrows.    

To read Manqoba Mngqithi’s comments, click here

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