Maritzburg first team to punch TKO semifinal ticket

Maritzburg first team to punch TKO semifinal ticket
Mariztburg United players celebrate a goal scored by Thabiso Kutumela

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Nov 02, 2019. 10:00

Maritzburg United on Friday evening became the first team to book their place in the 2019 Telkom Knockout Cup semifinals with a 4-3 penalty shoot-out win over Highlands Park at Harry Gwala Stadium.

Gabriel Nyoni scored the decisive spot-kick following a 1-1 draw after 120 minutes of football in Pietermaritzburg.

The two goals in regulation tome came from a Jerry Msane header and a Mlungisi Mbunjana own goal. Thirty minutes of extra-time duly followed, but with no further goals forthcoming the game would be decided from the spot.

Bongani Mpandle and Marlon Heugh saved a penalty apiece respectively while the only other miss came from Lions of the North forward Peter Shalulile.

The TKO quarterfinals will resume on Saturday afternoon with a Soweto Derby clash between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

SuperSport United will then play host to Golden Arrows at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit with the fourth and final fixture of the weekend also taking place at a 2010 World Cup venue, as Chippa United welcome Mamelodi Sundowns to the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Sunday.

Defending champions Baroka FC were knocked out of the tournament in the round of 16 by Matsatsantsa.

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