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Saturday, December 2, 2023

Nedbank Cup: Tshakhuma shock Mamelodi Sundowns to set up final clash vs. Chippa United

Only months after announcing the sale of the club due to unpaid salaries and an impending name change at the end of a struggling season, Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila are in the unlikely position of challenging for a trophy following their Nedbank Cup shock of Mamelodi Sundowns by way of penalty kicks on Sunday. They will meet the Chilli Boys of Chippa United, who took down second-tier Pretoria Callies in the other semi-final by a 1-0 score.

Zimbabwean goalkeeper Washington Arubi was the hero of the day, marshaling the TTM defense to a clean sheet and coming up with the one save needed to win the penalty-kick shootout. Sundowns launched plenty of attacks but came up against a battle-tested defense that was prepared for the occasion. TTM were rewarded for holding out for the lottery of a PK shootout when Sundowns’ Hlompho Kekana kept his effort chest-high for Arubi to deny.

Chippa United’s win required a little less suspense. The Chilli Boys had the match in control with only a lackluster attack keeping the game close for Pretoria Callies. The winner came in the 63rd minute when defender Sandile Mthethwa volleyed home after Callies failed to clear a lofted diagonal ball.

Highlights of both games are below as well as more detailed match reports.