NFD NEDBANK CUP ROUND ONE WRAP

HAPPY WANDERERS 0 ROYAL EAGLES 1

Embattled KZN side royal Eagles became the second NFD outfit to qualify for the Round of 16 draw after they held off a spirited challenge in KZN derby on Sunday. Mame Niang scored his first goal for his new club to see Eagles join Ubuntu CT FC in the next round. The win also provides a winning start for new Eagles coach Roger Sikhakane.

CT ALL STARS 0 MAMELODI SUNDOWNS 1

Former African Champions and four times Nedbank Cup champions Mamelodi Sundowns progressed to the second round of the Nedbank after a 1 – 0 win over CT All Stars in their first ever meeting on Friday night at the Athlone Stadium. A goal from Percy Tau was enough to separate the two sides in the regulation 90 minutes.     

AMAZULU FC 2 MTHATHA BUCKS 2 AET Amazulu win 3 – 0 on penalties

Amazulu became the second PSL side to make it through to the Round of 16 of the Nedbank Cup when they edged Mthatha Bucks on penalties on Wednesday. After a goalless and evenly contested first half, there was everything to play for in the next 45 minutes. Mthatha Bucks started strongly and scored through a Rantabane header 11 minutes after the break. Nine minutes later, Usuthu new signing bagged his first goal for the club after good work by Ncubeni. That was the end of the scoring in regulation time, but not the end of the drama as the home side went in front for the 1st time just one minute into extra time when Lumkwana netted for the PSL club. But, the NFD strugglers showed plenty of character with Linda Bhengu netting the equalizer in the dying minutes of extra time. 2 – 2 is how it ended and the match would be decided on penalties. Erasmus hit the bar, Ndletyana had his spot kick saved and Bhengu shot over the top as Bucks missed all 3 chances. Amazulu weren’t as generous and scored all three spot kicks to bounce the Eastern Cape side out of the competition.  

UBUNTU CT FC 3 POLOKWANE CITY 2 AET

The NFD’s basement side, Ubuntu CT FC caused the first shock of the Nedbank Cup by knocking PSL’s Polokwane City out of the Cup of Dreams. It wasn’t as easy as just arriving at the Athlone Stadium for the Cape side with the match decided after extra time. The match started well for the visitors who went in front after 14 minutes though Salulani Phiri. But the Cape side were not to be denied as their leading scorer Ranga Chivaviro firstly scored the equalizer in 1st half stoppage time and then put Ubuntu in front shortly after the restart. Things got worse for Polokwane with Mbonani being sent off, but the visitors still equalized halfway through the second half when substitute Musona poached his 6th goal of the season. With the score level at 2-2, the match went into extra time. Still level at halftime in extra time and with time running out, Ubuntu struck the decisive blow when Madikane netted the winner for the Cape club with just 6 minutes remaining.

The remainder of the Results are as follows :

BIDVEST WITS 0 CT CITY 1  

SWALLOWS FC 1 MARITZBURG UNITED 3

STEENBURG UNITED 3 ORBIT COLLEGE 1

PHIVA YOUNG STARS 0 CHIPPA UNITED 2

ORLANDO PIRATES 2 AJAX CT 0

MARIVENI UNITED 1 EC BEES 3

KAIZER CHIEFS 3 GOLDEN ARROWS 0

BLOEM CELTIC 1 SUPERSPORT UNITED 1 Celtic win 5 – 4 on Penalties