By Joana Arries-Tagoe
Lyle Lakay was the saviour for Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday as the Brazilians beat Bidvest Wits 3-2 at the Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg to qualify for the finals of the 2019/20 Nedbank Cup.
Masandawana [Sundowns] were the clear favourite going into the game, but the story looked quite different on matchday as ‘The Students’ – Bidvest Wits pushed them to their elastic limit.
Both teams did not start the game on a high tempo having been off the pitch for 145 days, but the tempo increased as the went on with the Brazilians enjoying better part of the exchanges pushing more men forward in search of the opener.
The Students [Bidvest Wits] held Mamelodi Sundowns very well until Buhle Mkhwanazi pulled down Motjeka Madisha in the box late in the first stanza resulting in a penalty for Masandawana to break the deadlock from the spot through
Having gone down by a goal, The Students returned from the break with more fire in their belly as they search for the equalizer and were duly rewarded in the 76th minute as Dzvukamanja capitalized on Madisha’s error to beat Dennis Onyango in post for Sundowns.
Their joy was, however, could only last for just four minute as Makgalwa restored the lead for Masandawana in the 80th minute.
Dzvukamanja completed his brace on the day as he pulled parity for Bidvest Wits in the 85th minute, but substitute Lakay curled the winner for Masandawana in time added on from a free-kick to send the Brazilians to the final.
Mamelodi Sundowns will now face Bloemfontein Celtic who crashed Baroka FC 3-0 in the other semifinal game for the R7 million prize-money on 8 September.