Cape Town - Platinum
Stars defeated University of Pretoria 3-2 on penalties to advance to the final
of Mbombela Cup after Vukile Mngqibisa and Thabiso Nkoana missed their spot
kicks, while Tintswalo Tshabalala netted the winning penalty for Dikwena at
Newly signed, Lennox Bacela was handed a start partnering
Thabiso Nkoana up front for a new look AmaTuks attack for the new season.
Platinum Stars also introduced on loan striker, Bongi Ntuli,
who came in at the start of the second half that saw Cavin Johnson make four
chances with the match tied at goalless.
Amatuks produced several goal scoring chances with Nkoana
and Thabo Mosadi squandering several opportunities.
Dikwena youngster, Kobamelo Kodisang, tested Washington
Arubi in the 58th minute buy the Amatuks goalkeeper made a good save.
Mosadi also had a great effort parried away by Bouna Coundul
in goals for Platinum Stars.
Platinum Stars missed a good chance to go ahead in the 70th
minute after a penalty was given against Amatuks captain, Thabiso Monyai.
Vuyo Mere took the responsibility, but Arubi made the
all-important save to stop the spot-kick from the Dikwena captain.
Cavin Johnson’s side came close to finally breaking the
deadlock in the 72nd minute with Kodisang’s effort hitting the upright with Arubi
match ended goalless and headed straight to the penalty shootout.