Sunday Feb 23, 2020. 18:10
Top-flight sides Mamelodi Sundowns and Baroka FC avoided upsets in their Nedbank Cup last 16 ties against lower league teams Vaal University of Technology and Hungry Lions respectively on Sunday.
Sundowns were unimpressive in their 2-0 victory over Vaal University of Technology at the Lucas Moripe Stadium, though it must be noted that they played an entirely different XI compared to their first round clash against SuperSport United.
There were hints of another upset from the fourth-tier VUT, who took out top-flight Golden Arrows in the previous round, after the first half ended goalless. But when the Brazilians broke the deadlock through Wayne Arendse, there was only ever going to be one winner.
Substitute Phakamani Mahlambi added a second soon after rising off the bench to add some gloss to an otherwise mediocre performance from ‘Downs, who are keeping their powder dry ahead of the start of the CAF Champions League quarterfinals next weekend.
Baroka were made to work even harder for their place in the next round, needing penalties to overcome third-tier Hungry Lions at the Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Bakgaga twice fought back from own goals which have Lions the lead, with strikes from Evidence Makgopa and Manuel Kambala. They then held their nerve perfectly in the shootout to triumph 4-2.
Sundowns and Baroka join Bloemfontein Celtic, Highlands Park, TS Sporting, Real Kings and Black Leopards in the quarterfinals. The Nedbank Cup last 16 round will wrap up on Monday evening with the meeting of Bidvest Wits and Chippa United.
Nedbank Cup results, Sunday 23 February
Baroka FC 2-2 Hungry Lions – Baroka won 4-2 on penalties
Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 Vaal University of Technology