Supersport crowned TKO champions
from MTHULISI SIBANDA at Orlando Stadium, Soweto
JOHANNESBURG – SUPERSPORT United have been crowned the Telkom Knockout champions following a dramatic match against Platinum Stars at Orlando Stadium.
The Pretoria side, in front of a meagre but lively crowd, edged the defending champions 3-2 after extra time.
In a lively first half, Stars opened the scoring in the 29 minute through Malawian Robert Ngambi with a low shot after wonderful work on the left by Eleazar Rogers.
Almost immediately Lebogang Manyama nearly equalised but new Bafana Bafana recruit, Siyabonga Mpontshane, denied him.
They eventually got a chance to level matters after David Mathebula was upended in the box.
Captain Clayton Daniels leveled from the spot.
The teams returned from the tunnel to put on a dreary show that had nothing to write home about with the game progressing to extra time.
The game came to life in the 12th minute of extra time when United got themselves a second penalty after a clumsy challenge on the nippy Thuso Phala.
Man-of-the-Match, Daniels made no mistake from the spot but celebrations were shortlived as Botswana hotshot, Mokagolodi Ngele, hero of last year’s final, curled in a beauty from the edge of the box to level matters.
More drama followed soon after as Stars won a penalty after a handling offence.
Goalkeeper Ronwen Williams saved his side’s blushes kept out Rogers’ tame effort.
Phala, returning to haunt the Stars defence, had the final say moments from the final whistle when he sliced into the box before placing the ball past a badly-exposed Mpontshane.
– CAJ News
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