Heavyweights Chiefs and ‘Downs safely through

Heavyweights Chiefs and ‘Downs safely through
Khama Billiat of Kaizer Chiefs tackled by Mpho Maruping of Royal Eagles during the Nedbank Cup Last 32 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Royal Eagles on 08 February 2020 at FNB Stadium ,Soweto, Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Graeme Jackson

Saturday Feb 08, 2020. 22:30

South African heavyweights Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs have made it safely through to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup following a trio of evening matches on Saturday 8 February.

The evening’s entertainment opened at FNB Stadium with Chiefs labouring to a 1-0 win over second-tier team Royal Eagles. The Amakhosi created numerous chances and should have netted far more goals, but in the end it took a brilliant turn and lob from Lebogang Manyama in the second half to decide the game and see the top flight league leaders into the last 16.

At the Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Mamelodi Sundowns edged Tshwane rivals SuperSport United 1-0 in a hard-fought clash. Sibusiso Vilakazi scored the only goal of the game midway through the first half, with the Brazilians doing just enough to control the game and secured revenge for their defeat at the hands of Matsatsantsa in the MTN8 semifinals earlier this season.

Finally, at Makhulong Stadium, Highlands Park avoided a potential banana skin as they overcame second-tier team Uthongahti FC 2-0, with a brace from Namibian striker Peter Shalulile. The marksman had gone off the boil after a fine start to the campaign, but the Lions of the North will hope this double sends him on another scoring spree.

Chiefs, Sundowns and Highlands join Amavarara, Bloemfontein Celtic, Real Kings and Vaal University of Technology in advancing to the last 16 on Saturday. Maritzburg United, TS Sporting and Chippa United had already progressed earlier in the week.

The Nedbank Cup continues with four fixtures on Sunday 9 February and the final two games for the last 32 round on Tuesday 11 February.

Nedbank Cup – Saturday 8 February, evening results

Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Royal Eagles

Mamelodi Sundowns 1-0 SuperSport United

Highlands Park 2-0 Uthongathi FC

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