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Sat. Nov 23rd, 2019

BELIEVE THE HYPE

The Nedbank Cup last four was concluded on Sunday after scintillating quarter-final fixtures.

Cape Umoya United 1-2 TS Galaxy

On Wednesday night, TS Galaxy booked their maiden semi-final spot after coming from a goal behind to beat fellow NFD campaigners Cape Umoya United 2-1 at the Athlone Stadiumin Cape Town.

Dominic Isaacs’ charges opened the scoring through youngster Katlego Otladisa as early as the 14th minute but Galaxy, who are led by former Chippa United coach Dan Malesela, drew level in on the stroke of half-time through when Zakhele Lepasa before Sizwe Mdlinzo grabbed the winner for the visitors in the 88th minute to book his side’s spot in the semi-finals.

The NFD outfit will face Golden Arrows in the semis for a spot in the final.

Bloemfontein Celtic 1-2 Golden Arrows

A clash between Bloemfontein Celtic and Golden Arrows in the second quarter-final match saw Steve Komphela return to Bloemfontein to face his former employers, with a spot in the semi-finals up for grabs.

It was Komphela’s team that broke the deadlock in the 70th minute through Zimbabwean marksman Knox Mutizwa.

Phunya Sele Sele got back into the game with 10 minutes left on the clock through Bongani Sam, but Abafana Bes’thende got back in front deep into stoppage time when Mutizwa grabbed his brace when he stepped up and converted a free-kick into the bottom right-hand corner to send his side into the semi’s.

Arrows will lock horns with NFD campaigners Galaxy as they vie for a spot in the final.

Bidvest Wits 4-4 Chippa United

Bidvest Wits and Chippa United dished out perhaps on of the finest cup games of the season.

The Chilli Boys took just four minutes to get on the scoresheet through Andile Mbenyane who beat Darren Keet at the near post after latching on to a Thabo Rakhale corner kick.

The Students got back on level terms through in-form striker Gift Motupa who equalized in the 21st minute before Terrance Dzvukamanja put Gavin Hunt’s team in the lead.

Chippa were awarded a penalty which was calmly converted by Boikanyo Komane.

The Clever Boys refused to lie down as Dzvukamanja got his second and his side’s third with eight minutes to play, but Chippa hit back through Ruzaigh Gamildien with a well-taken free-kick at the edge of the box sent the game into extra time with a leveller in the 91st minute.

Rhulani Manzini gave Chippa the lead in the 95th minute, only for Deon Hotto to find an equaliser 14 minutes later for Wits.

Penalties were needed to separate the two teams, where Chippa claimed the 5-3 victory to advance to the final four.

Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 Cape Town City

The Glamour Boys booked their Nedbank Cup semi-final berth for the second successive year after overcoming a stubborn Cape Town City outfit at the Mbombela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Hendrick Ekstein opened the scoring for Chiefs in the 14th minute before substitute Dumisani Zuma added the second goal in the 55th minute, to see Ernst Middendorp’s charges make it to the last four.

Amakhosi are yet to concede a goal in this year’s competition having beaten Tornado FC 1-0, The Magic 3-0 and the Citizens 2-0.

Chiefs will now make the trip to the Eastern Cape to take on Chippa.