Maluti fails the penalties test

It is end of the road for Maluti FET College as they were eliminated from the Nedbank Cup by their neighbours National First Division side African Warriors 4-1 on penalties.

This was a good game of football to watch – a classic derby game between two Phuthaditjaba sides. And it took a penalty shoot-out to separate the teams after they were  tied at 2-2 after extra-time.

It was entertainment galore on the field, particularly in the second half, which saw three goals scored. But the draw meant the game had to go to extra time as there had to be a winner.

After their exploits in the previous round when they knocked out Orlando Pirates, all eyes were on Maluti to see if they could repeat their giant-killing performance.

And after surviving an early onslaught from their big brothers, Maluti took the lead against the run of play when Malefatsane Rankati put them ahead in the 40th minute.

The goal injected life into the game which, at that stage, lacked excitement.

Warriors came back from the break a different side as they chased the game and it wasn't a surprise when Joel Mosotho draw them level. Few minutes later they went ahead through Bryce Aka, who was a constant menace to Maluti defense.

But the second division side had other ideas as they equalised through Mashale Rantabane. This is how it ended until the dreaded penalty shoot-out.

Maluti should hold their heads high after causing one of the biggest upsets in local football in the last 32. They were unlucky not to advance to the quarterfinals as they did everything in their power to do so but luck was not on their side.

Surely several of their players deserve professional contracts and it won't be surprising if PSL clubs snatch them up.

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