Johannesburg - A Hlompho Kekana goal sent AmaZulu packing from the Telkom Knockout
competition after losing 2-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns following 120 minutes
in a quarter-final match at Loftus on Saturday night.
Cuthbert Malajila had put the home side in front with his 15th minute
header, but it was not to be for the Pretoria side, as Bongani Ndulula
scored in the 94th minute to draw level in regular time.
Sundowns were in control from the opening whistle and looked comfortable in all areas.
The visitors struggled to get a touch on the ball and gave away
possession far too easily when they eventually found the ball at their
The hosts capitalised just 15 minutes in and went ahead through
Malajila's fifth strike of the season, after finding himself unmarked in
the area from a corner as he nudged home a straightforward effort, 1-0.
AmaZulu saw out a difficult half with little going their way. Sundowns
goalkeeper, Kennedy Mweene, looked untroubled after the opening 45
minutes, hardly breaking a sweat between the posts.
Sundowns again looked confident on the ball after the interval.
Ejike Uzoenyi, who was brought on as a second half replacement, narrowly
missed the target after 61 minutes, but that was about as exciting as
Hlompho Kekana went just wide with a typical long-range effort from 25
yards out after Uzoenyi's effort, before Uzoenyi's tame effort 13
minutes from the end.
Despite their lead, Sundowns were living dangerously and allowed Usuthu
into the game towards the end, although AmaZulu remained without any
Bongani Ndulula was booked late in the game for simulation after going down inside the area and calling for a penalty.
After receiving the warning, however, Ndulula found himself in a similar
area not long after and rounded-off to send the game into 30 minutes of
Additional time was a rather dull affair, but Kekana did manage to find
the winner in the 106th minute with a low powerful shot into the corner
of the net from 20-yards out, 2-1