Wayne Earl Arendse of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership 2015/16 game between Chippa United and Mamelodi Sundowns at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth.
PRETORIA - Mamelodi Sundowns will meet Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Telkom Knockout after they beat SuperSport United 3-1 in their semifinal clash at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday night.
Sundowns put in one of their best displays of the season, and goals from Leonardo Castro, Thabo Nthethe and Bongani Zungu powered the ‘Brazilians’ into yet another cup final.
David Mathebula’s powerful first-half free kick was SuperSport’s only highlight on the night.
The Brazilians dominated the opening exchanges of the match by getting behind the SuperSport defence with their speed and movement.
They were particularly potent down the flanks.
The home side also put their rivals under a lot of pressure at set-piece time throughout the match.
Zungu thought he had opened the scoring in the ninth minute after latching onto a corner from Keagan Dolly, however, the goal was disallowed because of a handball.
Sundowns eventually opened the scoring a minute later when Themba Zwane’s low cross into the penalty area found Castro, who managed to get in front of his defender before poking the ball home.
Dolly, who is playing some great football at the moment, tested SuperSport goalkeeper Ronwen Williams with a tasty drive in the 16th minute, before defender Nthethe headed wide three minutes later.
Dolly then set-up Castro with a wonderful pass in the 29th minute, but the Sundowns striker took one touch too many and allowed the SuperSport defenders to clear their lines.
SuperSport, when they had some possession, couldn’t really create clear chances. They were forced to shoot from range, but those shots weren’t good enough to trouble Denis Onyango in the Sundown’s goal.
The home team started where they left off in the first half, as they took the game their city rivals.
Khama Billiat slid the ball across the face of the goal in the 55th minute after a great run but Zwane arrived too late at the far post to tap the ball home.
Sundowns were rewarded for their endeavour when Nthethe headed home in the 62nd minute after a great cross by the left-footed Dolly.
Zungu then put the icing on the cake in the 80th minute when he skinned a few SuperSport defenders before coolly slotting the ball past Williams.