🏆👆🏾Sundowns defeat Highlands Park to advance into the Nedbank Cup semis

🏆👆🏾Sundowns defeat Highlands Park to advance into the Nedbank Cup semis

Mamelodi Sundowns needed a Keletso Makgalwa extra-time goal to knockout a sturdy Highlands Park side in today's Nedbank Cup final eight game in Tembisa.

Coach Pitso Mosimane's team selection came with a handful of changes that included resting Andile Jali, Themba Zwane and Gaston Sirino. It was therefore on the likes of Ali Meza, Tiyani Mabunda and Lebohang Maboe to take the responsibility of leading the team to the Ke Yona last four.

On the opposite side, Owen Da Gama gave surprising starts to two veterans in goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini and Musa Nyatama in midfield.

Anele Ngcongca missed the first great chance of the game with a header that was well-saved by Kapini on 11 minutes. Lyle Lakay was next to come close to the opener with a brilliant free-kick that hit the bar. 

The half-time break came just minutes before Peter Shalulile's low short went straight into Denis Onyango's hands after going one one one with the Downs keeper.

The next big moment was contraversial as Nyatama finished off a brilliant header into the net on 80 minutes - but the linesman correctly flagged offside. It was Lakay's turn to miss a glorious chance on 87 minutes when his shot went inches wide with only Kapini to beat.

Just before the referee blew for extra-time, he denied Park a penalty after Ricardo Nascimento handled the ball inside Kabo Yellow's box.

An uneventful first half of extra time was followed by subsitute Makgalwa's excellent winner. The nippy forward found space on the far left before turning two defenders to curl into the bottom low corner with four minutes on the clock for 1-0!

The goal was enough to send Masandawana into the semi-finals alongside Bidvest Wits, Baroka FC while Bloemfontein Celtic will face TS Galaxy on Sunday.