Mamelodi Sundowns are 2019 Telkom Knockout winners after Mauricio Affonso scored a brace against Maritzburg United.
Pitso Mosimane made three key changes after beating Stellenbosch FC in the league in midweek. Denis Onyango was back in goal to replace Kennedy Mweene. In the centre, Andile Jali was in place for the injured Rivaldo Coetzee while Hlompho Kekana was selected ahead of Tiyani Mabunda.
Eric Tinkler’s United were without veteran central defender Siyanda Xulu while Jeremy Brockie’s loan contract clause meant he could not face Masandawana.
Maritzburg were the first to hit the net with Judas Moseamedi. The United striker chased a long ball before getting his boot in between Mosa Lebusa and a diving but late Onyango for the goal on 36 minutes.
The second half only took nine minutes before Uruguay striker Affonso nodded in a Gaston Sirino corner. Sundowns took full on control of the game and the relentless pressure led to Affonso’s second goal for 2-1! The tall target man headed in a perfect Sirino cross to decide the game.
A moment of huge drama and controversy took place in the final 10 seconds of the game as Moseamedi scored a legitimate equalizer - but the linesman flung his flag in the air for offside. Immediate television replay showed Moseamedi was actually onside. If only Video Assistant Refereeing (VAR) was already in South Africa.
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