Cape Town - A first half penalty by Collins Mbesuma and a late strike by Limbikani Mzava were
enough to see Mpumalanga Black Aces through to the last eight of the
Nedbank Cup when they defeated Maritzburg United 2-0 at Kanyamazane Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
win means AmaZayoni join Bidvest Wits in the quarterfinals of the Ke Yona
competition, after they defeated Magesi FC 6-0 on
a slow start, Aces threatened first, but they failed to clinch an opening goal
when Tumelo Mogapi denied Sibusiso Masina after a telling cross by Aubrey Ngoma
on the left.
a great move by the hosts, they were awarded a penalty in the 19th minute when David Booysen fouled Bhongolethu Jayiya in the box and the referee
pointed to the spot.
experienced Zambian striker and skipper Mbesuma converted from the spot,
beating goalkeeper Tawfeeq Salie as they grabbed a 1-0 lead.
three minutes later, Kurt Lentjies had a chance to respond and make it 1-1, but
his well-drilled set piece was tipped away by Shu-Aib Walters for a corner.
two minutes to the interval, Ryan Moon got a chance to head home after a cross
by Thamsanqa Teyise, but his header was not well controlled and failed to
the second half, Mbesuma came close to making it 2-0 when he failed to connect
with a cross down the right flank from Vincent Kobola.
after coming on, Gregory Maasdorp nearly made an immediate impact after he
missed a wonderful opportunity, beating Walters off his line with a great
header, however, it went inches over the crossbar in the 63rd minute.
15 minutes to go, good touches in the middle of the park by Ernst Middendorp's
men allowed them to penetrate Aces, but Philani Zulu's shot couldn't beat the
Judas Moseamedi became a handful for the visitors' defence and kept United on
their toes but failed to make it 2-0 for Ertugral's men as his attempt was
blocked from close range.
in the 90th minute, United keeper Salie was beaten on the near post
by defender Mzava after a brilliant low set piece by the Malawian skipper,
ensuring AmaZayoni are through to the next round.