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Nedbank Cup Semi-finals Wrap

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The Nedbank Cup last four produced some scintillating performances with 10 goals emerging from both fixtures.

Here’s a look at how the two matches panned out.

Golden Arrows 1-3 TS Galaxy

The rockets produced yet another upset when they rallied from a goal down to see off Abafana Bes’thende in their own backyard.

Steve Komphela’s charges were first to draw blood via Knox Mutizwa’s 70th-minute penalty but Galaxy equalized when they forced an error out of Sandile Zuke who turned the ball into his own net in the 93th minute.

Substitute Zakhele Lepasa then scored a second half of extra-time brace as an inspired Galaxy blasted themselves into a cup final in their debut season in the National First Division by overcoming at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium in Clermont, Durban.

Chippa United 2-4 Kaizer Chiefs

Amakhosi booked their final berth for the first time since 2015 after surviving a late scare against the Chilli Boys at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday night.

Ernst Middendorp’s charges took the lead through substitute Dumisani Zuma in the 37th minute after Mbongeni Mzimela misjudged the pace of the ball which fell kindly into Zuma’s path who poked it home to lead Chiefs into the halftime break.

The visitors came out guns blazing in the second stanza but were pegged back when Andile Mbenyane rose high to head past a hapless
Bruce Bvuma and draw his side level. Lerato Manzini doubled his side’s lead in the 61st minute but that lead lasted for just five minutes as Andriamirado Andrianarimanana pulled Chiefs level.

It was one-way traffic from thereon as Bernard Parker latched onto a cross from Khama Billiat before tapping the ball past Mzimela and give Amakhosi their first lead in the game.

Billiat then turned from provider to goalscorer with the moment of the match as he unleased a ferocious shot from over 35 yards out into the top right corner, giving Mzimela no chance.

Chiefs will now face Galaxy in the final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on May 18, as they contest for a place to contest in next season’s CAF Confederation Cup.

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Thembinkosi Lorch Sweeps Clean At Glittering PSL Awards

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Orlando Pirates midfielder Thembinkosi Lorch was the biggest winner at the 2018/19 Absa PSL Awards held at the Durban Convention Centre on Sunday night.
Lorch walked away with the Footballer of the Season and Players’ Player of the Season accolades, seeing off Mamelodi Sundowns duo Hlompho Kekana And Themba Zwane.
The 25-year-old helped the Buccaneers to a second-place finish behind eventual champions Sundowns, contributing with 13 goals and 10 assists across all competitions during the 2018/19 campaign.
All PSL Awards Recipients:
Footballer of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates)
Players’ Player of the Season: Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates)
Absa Premiership Goalkeeper of the Season: Ronwen Williams (SuperSport United)
Absa Premiership Defender of the Season: Ricardo Nascimento (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Absa Premiership Midfielder of the Season: Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Sundowns)
Absa Premiership Young Player of the Season: Teboho Mokoena (SuperSport United)
Absa Premiership Coach of the Season: Pitso Mosimane (Mamelodi Sundowns)
MTN8 Last Man Standing: Peter Leeuwenburg (Cape Town City)
Telkom Knockout Player of the Tournament: Elvis Chipezeze (Baroka FC)
Nedbank Cup Player of the Tournament: Zakhele Lepasa (TS Galaxy)
Nedbank Cup Most Promising Player: Terrence Mashego (TS Galaxy)
MultiChoice Diski Challenge Player of the Tournament: Sipho Chaine (Bloemfontein Celtic)
Diski Shield Player of the Tournament: Siboniso Conco (Golden Arrows)
Absa Premiership Goal of the Season: Vincent Pule (Orlando Pirates)
Referee of the Season: Abongile Tom
Assistant Referee of the Season: Emmanuel de Sani

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Provisional Bafana Bafana Squad For AFCON Showpiece Announced

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Following his announcement of the COSAFA Cup squad, head coach Stuart Baxter has announced a provisional 28-man Bafana Bafana side for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
Goalkeepers:

Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits ), Rowen Williams (SuperSport United), Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)

Defenders:

Daniel Cardoso (Kaizer Chiefs), Rivaldo Coetzee (Mamelodi Sundowns), Ramahlwe Mphahlele (Kaizer Chiefs), Thulani Hlatshwayo (Bidvest Wits), Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates), S’Fiso Hlanti (Bidvest Wits ), Buhle Mkhawanazi (Bidvest Wits), Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)

Midfielders:

Bongani Zungu (Amiens), Hlompho Kekana (Mamelodi Downs), Dean Furman (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mokotjo (Brentford FC), Tiyani Mabunda (Mamelodi Downs), Thulani Serero (Vitesse Arnhem FC), Thembinkosi Lorch (Orlando Pirates), Themba Zwane (Mamelodi Sundowns), Fortune Makaringe (Maritzburg United), Ben Motshwari (Orlando Pirates), Keagan Dolly (Montpellier)

Strikers:

Lebo Mothiba (RC Strasbourg), Percy Tau (Royal St Union), Lars Veldwijk (Sparta Rotterdam), Lebogang Maboe (Mamelodi Sundowns), Sibusiso Vilakazi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Kermit Erasmus (Cape Town City)

Bafana Bafana have been pitted in Group F alongside Ivory Coast, Namibia and Morocco.

They open their Afcon account against the Elephants on June 18.

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Stuart Baxter Announces Bafana Bafana Squad For COSAFA Cup

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Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has announced his 23-man squad for the upcoming COSAFA Cup and Africa Cup of Nations in Durban next month.
COSAFA Cup Squad:
Goalkeepers:

Mondli Mpoto (Bloemfontein Celtic), Darren Johnson (Ajax Cape Town), Reyaad Pieterse (Mamelodi Sundowns)

Defenders:

Thendo Mukumela (Ajax Cape Town),  Keanu Cupido (Cape Town City), Reeve Frosler (Kaizer Chiefs), Tercious Malepe (Chippa United), Katlego Mohamme (SuperSport United), Bongani Sam (Bloemfontein Celtic), Sandie Mthethwa (Richards Bay United)

Midfielders:

Teboho Mokoena (Supersport United), Athenkosi Dlala (Supersport United), Kegan Dolly (Montpellier), Sipho Mbule (SuperSport United), Kamohelo Mahlatsi (SuperSport United), Grant Margeman (Ajax Cape Town), Jamie Webber (SuperSport United), Kgaogelo Sekgota (Vitoria Setubal, (Portugal).

Strikers:

Phakamani Mahlambi (Mamelodi Sundowns), Lerato Lepasa (TS Galaxy), Jemondre Dickens (Baroka FC), Luther Singh GD Chaves, Portugal), Liam Jordan (Koge FC, Denmark)

National U23 head coach David Notoane will take charge of the COSAFA Squad for the SADC regional tournament which starts on Saturday, 25 June.

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