Cape Town - Bloemfontein
Celtic proved the architects of their own downfall at the MultiChoice Diski
Challenge after a Enoch Phungwula own-goal gave Mpumalanga Black Aces a 1-0
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Sunday's quarter-final encounter produced plenty of chances,
although both teams proved largely wasteful in the opening 45 minutes as they
entered the half-time break still goalless.
Things almost changed after the restart as Vuyani Ntanga
danced through the Aces defence before hammering a shot at goal, but Cyril
Mollo was equal to the effort and managed to turn the danger behind.
Aubrey Ngoma's introduction gave Clive Barker's men a big
boost and the substitute came close to having an instant impact, only to see
his rasping drive thwarted by the goalkeeper, while Thabo Nodada could only
fire over after connecting with the resulting corner.
However, with five minutes remaining at the King Zwelithini
Stadium, Aces finally found a way through, albeit in fortunate circumstances as
Phungwula headed past his own goalkeeper to give the Mpumalanga-based side
their ticket to the semi-finals.
Aces will now head into the semi-finals, along with
SuperSport United, University of Pretoria and Mamelodi Sundowns.