You Choose The Team Of The Week
Soccer Laduma’s ‘Team of the Week’ is a feature in each and every Soccer Laduma edition, highlighting the top performers from the Premier Soccer League clubs.
Selections are based on the performances of players from the Nedbank Cup Last 32 round of fixtures, which commenced on Wednesday, February 18.
Nedbank Cup defending champions, Orlando Pirates, commenced their cup defence with a 4-0 thumping of Tornado FC on Wednesday evening at the Orlando Stadium. Thandani “Bibo” Ntshumayelo bagged a brace, before Lennox Bacela and Sifiso Myeni put the game beyond doubt for the Buccaneers.
Mpumalanga Black Aces beat PSL opponents, Maritzburg United 2-1 at Mbombela Stadium. Goals from Lehlohonolo Nonyane and debutant, Dino Ndlovu clinched a last 16 berth for AmaZayoni, but it was too little too late for the Team of Choice, who pulled a goal back with 15 minutes left through Mohammed Anas.
Absa Premiership table-toppers, Kaizer Chiefs also made a meal of their opponents when they romped to a 4-0 victory over Edu Sports FC in their Nedbank Cup Last 32 match at FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Stuart Baxter made a wholesome of changes to his squad for the tie, which saw Siphelele Mthembu’s three headers and another headed goal by Katlego Mphela book the Glamour Boys’ last 16 spot.
PSL defending champions, Mamelodi Sundowns, had to wait for second-half goals from Alje Schut and Teko Modise to secure a 2-0 win over Thanda Royal Zulu in their Nedbank Cup fixture at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane. Schut put the home side ahead in the 52nd minute, before Modise converted a spot kick in the 75th minute after Siyanda Zwane was fouled inside the area.
The in-form Bidvest Wits also booked their spot in the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup, after overcoming fellow PSL side, Free State Stars 4-2 in a penalty shoot-out, after 120 minutes ended in a goalless draw for the two sides at Bidvest Stadium. Sameehg Doutie, Onismor Bhasera, Thulani Hlatshwayo and Getaneh Kebede all converted their spot kicks from the spot after extra time to seal the Students’ berth in the next round.
The biggest shock result of the Nedbank Cup came at the Wolfson Stadium where Natal United, who play in SA's third tier, claimed a 4-2 penalty shoot-out victory over Chippa United, who are yet to register a win in all competitions in 2015.
Black Leopards, who have been tormenting oppositions in the National First Division of late, also secured a huge margin victory when they ousted FC Cape Town 6-2 in Thohoyandou.
Bloemfontein Celtic also progressed to the last 16 after a Joel Mogorosi brace and an own goal from Roses United’s Tlou saw Phunya Sele Sele cruise to a 3-0 win at the Free State Stadium.
Platinum Stars who have been very inconsistent in the league since the second round of the Absa Premiership commenced, easily brushed aside Magic FC 3-0 at The Royal Bafokeng Stadium, courtesy of two goals from Eleazar Rodgers and a Vincent Khumalo penalty.
Ajax Cape Town recorded the biggest win in the competition so far this season when they demolished Mainstay United 9-1 at the GWK Stadium in Kimberley. The Urban Warriors went ahead in just the first 10 minutes. Franklin Cale, Toriq Losper, Robin Ngalande and Noah Sadaoui all scored twice, before Abbubaker Mobara sealed the victory for the Cape side.
NFD campaigners, Jomo Cosmos, who haven’t had the best of runs in their league campaign, claimed a 2-1 extra time victory over ABC Motsepe side, Phiva Young Stars.
Bellevue Winners Park also bowed out of the competition after losing to Vasco Da Gama in extra time of their tie.
Maluti FET College also overcame their National First Division counterparts, African Warriors 2-1 at the Charles Mopeli Stadium.
Another shock result saw NFD log leaders, Lamontville Golden Arrows come from behind to stun PSL bottom-dwellers, AmaZulu 2-1 in the KZN Derby in KwaMashu. Mabhudi Khenyeza opened the scoring with a beautifully taken free kick, with Roscoe Pietersen scoring an own goal in the 70th minute.
The team will always be set up in a standard 4-4-2 formation, selected by Soccer Laduma's team of respected journalists.
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