Black Aces beat Siwelele on penalties

Mpumalanga Black Aces beat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-2 on penalties in their Telkom Knockout Cup Last 16 match held at Free State Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The match had to be decided by penalties following a goalless draw in the 90 minutes and two saves by Jackson Mabokgwane in the penalty shoot out was enough to keep the visitors in the match.

Both sides were hungry for cup football and the match started on a high as it was anticipated, but it was the hosts who first attacked AmaZayoni, however, their defence manned by the likes of Vincent Kobola and Zamuxolo Ngalo was stable.

As both sides looked for an early goal in the opening half, Keagan Buchanan also saw his shot saved by goalkeeper Mabokgwane in the 37th minute and in the 40th minute, Mbesuma again tried a shot at goal but Tignyemb saved it when he got his foot on the ball.

However, with three minutes to go, midfielder Musa Nyatama also made an attempt to score for the Free State side but his attempt went off wide of the mark with three minutes to the interval.

With just 10 minutes into the second stanza, Alfred Ndengane took a shot and the ball was parried by Mabokgwane who ensured a brilliant save.

Siwelele and AmaZayoni produced good football but there were no sufficient goal scoring opportunities and it was clear the match was heading to extra time to determine the winner.

However, Larsen took off Helder Pelembe and introduced Geoffrey Massa and the Ugandan saw his shot parried by Mabokgwane in the 77th minute. With just one minute to go in the regulation time, Lebogang Mamyama’s attempt flew over the cross bar as he was unmarked ion the box.

The first half of the extra time failed to produce sparks as both sides showed some fatigue but it was Aces who nearly grabbed an opener in the 100th minute when a set piece from the right by Bhongolethu Jayiya failed to meet the intended target as Mbesuma arrived late in the box with the ball going astray across the face of the goal.

As early as the beginning of the second half of the extra time, Mabokgwane managed to keep Aces in the game as he saved Lerato Lamola’s shot in the box but the Bafana Bafana keeper was equal to the task to concede a corner.

Celtic proved to be too strong for the visitors when they continuously kept Ertugral’s men under pressure and skipper Bevan Fransman unleashed a long range shot but the former Bidvest Wits keeper was again stable between the posts.

With just under one minute to go to the end of the 120th minute, Celtic had a chance to score when they received played too many touches in the box and Aces cleared the danger.

In the penalty shootout, AmaZayoni were clinical and netted three penalties with Jayiya, Thanduyise Khuboni and Ngalo finding the target while Massa, Musa Bilankulu and Fransman failed to beat Mabokgwane as the Witbank side booked a spot in the quarterfinals of the tournament.

Bloemfontein Celtic 0

Mpumalanga Balck Aces 0

Aces won 3-2 on penalties

TEAMS

Bloemfontein Celtic: Tignyemb, Fransman, Matuka (Lakay 57’), Rikhotso, Ndengane, Bilankulu, Dube, Nyatama, Buchaman (Morena 57’), Lamola, Pelembe (Massa 67’)

Mpumalanga Black Aces: Mabokgwane, Mzava, Nonyane, Kobola (Mashikinya 108’), Jayiya, Manyama, Ngalo, Matsi, Khuboni, Tukane (Modiba 65’), Mbesuma