Wits beat 10-man Celtic for cup semi-final berth

2014-04-14 00:00

BIDVEST Wits joined Maritzburg United, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup after a 2-1 win over 10-man Bloemfontein Celtic yesterday.

Phunya Sele Sele opened the scoring through Musa Nyatama, but goals from Clever Boys’ attackers Sibusiso Vilakazi and Jabulani Shongwe, as well as a red card for Alfred Ndengane, saw the visitors claim victory at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.

After a quiet opening quarter, the game came to life in the 24th minute with Celtic opening the scoring. Wandisile Letlabika appeared to be hauled down in the penalty area, but he quickly got to his feet and set up Musa Nyatama to stroke home the first goal.

The home side’s lead was short lived, as Wits equalised within a minute. A Jabu­lani Shongwe shot was controlled in the penalty area by Sibusiso Vilakazi, who had a hint of offside about him but nonetheless showed great composure to steer home a shot and make it 1-1.

Five minutes before the break, Phunya Sele Sele were dealt a double blow. First, defender Alfred Ndengane was shown a red card for a professional foul on Vilakazi as the last defender. Then, from the resulting free-kick, Shongwe picked out the top corner with a left-footed shot to make it 2-1 to Wits.

Celtic had also suffered the injury-enforced withdrawal of Keegan Buchanan. His replacement, Frank Mhango, arguably should have been sent off for a nasty tackle on Siyabonga Nhlapo that saw the Clever Boys midfielder replaced at half time. However, he received only a caution.

Nedbank Cup quarter-final results

Bloemfontein Celtic 1 Wits 2

African Warriors 1 Maritzburg United 3

Kaizer Chiefs 2 SuperSport United 0

Sundowns 1 Pirates 2.

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