Nedbank Cup intensifies
Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Wits are all through to the semi-finals.
JOHANNESBURG - The Premier Soccer League (PSL) took a break this weekend to make way for the Nedbank Cup, South Africa's premier knock out competition, which headed into the quarter-final final stage on Saturday.
The pick of the weekend's matches saw Mamelodi Sundowns host Orlando Pirates at Loftus Versveld Stadium.
The game started on a bright note for the Buccaneers who took the lead in the fifth minute through an Oupa Manyisa penalty, following a foul on Lennox Bacela from Mzikayise Mashaba.
That goal seemed to spur Sundowns on as they began to create more chances but their momentum was halted when they had to substitute Khama Billiat because of an ankle injury.
Elias Pelembe came on in his place and found the back of the net 10 minutes after his introduction to level matters at the break.
Although it was Daine Klate who had the final say of the match.
A soft free kick from the Bafana midfielder beat Kennedy Mweene to help the Buccaneers seal a 2-1 win and advance to the last four of the competition.
At the FNB Stadium, two late goals from George Lebese, one in the 89th and another in the 90th minute, set up a 2-0 win for Kaizer Chiefs over Supersport United.
Matsatsantsa would have felt aggrieved with the result, but two errors in judgment led to their downfall.
Minnows African Warriors were knocked out following a 3-1 loss to Maritzburg United, but only after they forced the match into extra time after the game ended 1-1 after 90 minutes.
Two goals in as many minutes from Terrence Mandaza flattered the scoreline giving Maritzburg a seemingly comfortable victory.
Wits were the last team to book their place in the last four of the competition.
Musa Nyatama opened the scoring for Bloemfontein Celtic but that lead lasted for two minutes as Sibusiso Vilakazi struck back.
Jabulani Shongwe then scored what proved to be the winner in the 39th minute.
Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs, Maritzburg United and Wits all went through to the last four of the Nedbank Cup.
The draw for the semi-finals takes place on Monday at the Premier Soccer League's head office in Parktown.