Cape Town - Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place in the 2016 MTN8 final,
beating Chippa United 1-0 in the second-leg semifinal at the Lucas Moripe
Stadium on Wednesday night.
Super sub Anothony Laffor with the only goal of the
Pitso Mosimane's men will next face Bidvest Wits in the
final of the Top Eight competition. The showpiece will take place at the
Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on the 1st of October.
With the first-leg in Port Elizabeth having ended in a
goalless stalemate, the pressure was on the home side to produce the goods -
knowing that an away goal for Chippa on the night would count as double.
Inspired by this fact, Sundowns went on the attack from the
onset and after Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat went close, Wayne Arendse
directed his header attempt straight at Daniel Akpeyi on 24 minutes.
Chippa grew into the clash and bossed the rest of the half
with Andile Mbenyane unlucky to see his deflected effort fly wide.
Mosimane introduced Laffor just short of the hour mark and
the Liberian would produced to goods from the bench once more.
A swift counter-attack ending with Sibusiso Vilakazi teeing
up his Sundowns teammate, Laffor making no mistake - hammering a low shot into
the back of the net to send the home fans into absolute delirium.
Chippa pressed forward for what would have proved to be the
winner, but for the six game in succession, the Chilli Boys were unable to
score against the Tshwane giants.