Mamelodi Sundowns narrowly edged out Bidvest Wits 3-2 at Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Saturday evening to book their place in the Nedbank Cup final.
‘The Brazilians’ will face Bloemfontein Celtic, who brushed off Baroka 3-0 in the first semifinal which marked the resumption of competitive football in the country after the enforced five months Covid-19 break.
Ricardo Nascimento scored the opening goal of the match from the spot as Sundowns were awarded a penalty in the 37th minute by referee Luxolo Badi after Wits defender Buhle Mkhwanazi pulled Motjeka Madisha down in the box.
Sundowns went into the half time break leading 1-0. But Wits found the equaliser in the 76th minute through Terence Dzvukamanja.
A few minutes later, Sundowns capitalised off a howler from Brighton Mhlongo, who came out of his line and was beaten by Keletso Makgalwa as ‘The Brazilians’ took the lead once again with nine minutes left on the knock.
Out of nowhere, Wits drew level as Dzvukamanja completed his brace in the 86th minute.
With the scoreline level at 2–2 into injury time and faced with the possibility of extra-time, Lyle Lakay hit a stunning free-kick to clinch victory for Sundowns.
Dzvukamanja’s brace eventually went in vain as Sundowns won the five-goal thriller.
The final between Celtic and Sundowns will be played on Saturday, 05 September.
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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi