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Bucs, Pirates, Ajax,Downs into MTN Super8 semis draw

[Posted 08 Aug 2011]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Masango seen here celebrating an MTN Super8 winning goal for Chiefs against Wits at FNB Stadium

Arguably South Africa's ABSA Premiership strongest teams successfully negotiated their MTN Super8 passage into the semi-finals following victories over their opponents during the past weekend, and Ajax Cape Town, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Kaizer Chiefs will feature into the semi-finals draw to be conducted on Monday.

After Ajax made light work of visiting former champions Supersport United at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night, Mamelodi Sundowns needed what looked like a lucky victory over stubborn Bloemfontien Celtic at the Lucas Moripe Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Substitute Mabhuti Khenyeza rose highest to nod in Elias Pelembe's cross in the 79th minute, just three minutes after coming on for Franklin Cale.

On Saturday evening, Pirates needed defender Siyabonga Sangweni extra time goal to win against impressive Santos.

The Bucs new singing from Golden Arrows stormed into the opposition box in the 105th minute to poke the goal under keeper Tshepo Motsoeneng's body. In fact, the usually dependable Santos goalie did not need to dive to stop the goal. It appeared like he helped Sangweni's speculative effort into the nets.

Kaizer Chiefs filled up the remainng semis spot after staging a comeback to beat Bidvest Wits who seemed to outplay their opponents in the opening stages of the match at the  FNB stadium on Sunday afternoon.

Wits rushed into the lead, when Sfiso Myeni troubled Chiefs on the right side of midfield, who made a great through ball to Bongolwethu Jayiya whose effort was briliantly saved by Bafana keeper Itumeleng Khune.

From the resultant corner kick by Jayiya, defender Siboniso Gumede connected with a powerful header which gave Kune no chance at all to give Wits a lead in the 11th minute.

Mandla Masango created both Chiefs' goals in the first half. As early as the 20th minute, Amakhosi responded with a counter attack with Masango in the thick of the action.

New signing Bernard Parker provided the pass from the right. Masango rode a tackle and was fouled by Gumede, and the referee did not hesitate to award Chiefs a penalty, which Parker cooly converted, leaving Emile Baron fixed to the line, with no movement at all.

Masango was to trouble the Wits defence again in the 41st minute, when he beat a defender, drew Baron in before out-jumping two defenders to register Amakhosi's second goal, and what turned out to be a match winner.

Chiefs were to hold onto the win, and qualify for the semi-finals. 

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