Cape Town - Lehlohonolo
Nonyane, Thabo Nododa and Collins Mbesuma handed Mpumalanga Black Aces a 3-0 win
over Bloemfontein Celtic to book a place in the final of the Maize Challenge to
be played later on Saturday.
teams played attacking football within the first ten minutes of the match and
it did not come as a surprise when Aces grabbed the lead as early as the 11th
minute of the game.
made a good run down the left flank before combining with Aubrey Ngoma, who
played the ball back to the left back to coolly slot home past Tingyemb and put
got back into the game immediately after conceding and were unlucky to not get
the equalizer just a minute later.
defending misunderstanding between Jackson Mabokgwane and Siyabonga Ngubane
nearly handed Vusi Shikweni the equalizing goal, only for the ball to hit the
post before it was cleared by the Aces defence.
signed midfielder, Lantshene Phalane, had a good shot from range, but
Mabokgwane was able to deal it.
Bafana Bafana goalkeeper was called into action on numerous occasions as Celtic
looked to get back to the game, but without a success as the match went to the
break with Aces enjoying a 1-0 lead.
second half saw Aces introducing experienced defender, Vincent Kobola for
Ngubane to tighten up in defence.
Tukane was also taken off for James Bell while for Celtic Geoffrey Massa made way
for new acquisition, Helder Pelembe in search of the equalizing goal.
top goal scorer last season, Lerato Lamola, also made his way into the game for
Thapelo Morena, with Celtic mounting pressure on Aces, hoping to get back into
it would be Aces that would come close to increasing the score through Collins
Mbesuma though his efforts were cleared away.
managed to get the ball in the back of the net in the 65th minute, but he was
in an off-side position while Pelembe squandered a good chance to win the
hearts of Celtic’s supporters three minutes later with his close-range effort
going over the bar.
Lakay and Wade Jooste were also thrown in to boost Celtic in attack, but could
not break the Aces defence.
substitute Thabo Nododa scored in the 84th minute before Mbesuma finished it
off in the 90th minute to wrap-up the win for Aces, who will now meet Platinum
Stars in the final, set to get underway at 5pm this evening.