Ke Yona! But not this time

2012-03-03 20:05

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Spurs won 3-2 on penalties

The last thing you wanted from this Nedbank Cup clash was for the game to go into extra time – and penalties.

But Spurs’ goalkeeper Brice Msiza became a hero for his team after saving three penalties. Msiza stopped Aces’ Edward Williams, Walter Ramulondi and David Kannemeyer’s spot kicks to steer his side into the Last 16.

Aces’ penalties were converted by Dennis Masina and Koketso Mmotong while Patrick Mubayiwa, Thabang Rooi and Ralph Matema scored for Spurs.

Unfortunately this was the case as neither team could score a winning goal to clinch this Mpumalanga derby staged in Johannesburg.

These two National First Division teams were uninspiring in their offering and if this was a league game a draw would have been a fair result.

But it was not a good advert for South African football and not fair to the paying customers.

After going into recess leading with Linekar Mwikisa’s 42nd-minute goal, one expected experienced Aces’ players to protect their lead.

With most of their personnel – the likes of Kannemeyer, Williams, Masina, Mokete Tsotetsi and Koketso Mmotong having played at the highest level of the elite league, Aces should have done better.

It was only after the introduction of Spurs’ Khethukuthula Zwane in the second half that the game came to life after a lifeless first half.

Zwane made all the difference as he orchestrated all the passes from the midfield and used his skill to unlock Aces’ defence.

Former Aces defender Thabang Rooi put one against his old team in the 70th minute.

With Zwane continuing his tricks, Spurs pushed forward searching for a winner but still could not find the back of the net. They almost snatched a late winner but goalkeeper Nicolas Gindre’s acrobatically saved Zwane’s goal-bound volley at the death.

The extra time followed the same pattern as neither side had the key to unlock the goalpost.

Rooi, who came into the limelight through the same tournament in 2008, was determined to inflict pain on his old club but saw his header well-saved by Gindre in the 97th minute. This was the last attempt at goal of the match and the game had to be decided by spot kicks.

» Orlando Pirates bombed out of the Caf Champions League following a 1-1 draw in their return leg against Recreativo do Libolo in Angola yesterday.

Bucs lost 4-2 on aggregate after a 3-1 defeat in the first leg in Port Elizabeth two weeks ago.

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