The MTN8 semi-final draw dished up a mouth-watering Soweto derby after Orlando Pirates had been pitted towards arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday night.
Holders SuperSport United will face Bloemfontein Celtic within the second semi-final. The dates and venues are but to be introduced.
Pirates‚ who gained the trophy back-to-back in 2010 and 2010‚ narrowly beat Cape City Metropolis to advance to the final 4 on Saturday night whereas SuperSport overcame Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila FC Three-2 within the earlier match.
Coach Gavin Hunt obtained his Chiefs profession off to a dream begin as Amakhosi got here from a purpose all the way down to defeat a cussed Maritzburg United 2-1 at FNB Stadium on Sunday.
It appeared as if the agony of shedding the Premiership title on the ultimate day just a few weeks in the past was to proceed when Thabiso Kutumela put United forward halfway by way of the primary half‚ however Chiefs got here storming again with two fast headed targets from left-back Yagan Sasman within the second half.
Within the late encounter on Sunday night‚ the brand new period at Mamelodi Sundowns underneath co-mentor Manqoba Mngqithi and Rulani Mokwena and senior coach Steve Komphela began on a shedding word as they had been bundled out of the MTN8 quarterfinals by Celtic.
Victor Letsoalo headed Celtic forward with just below 20 minutes remaining after the Sundowns defence didn’t cope with a set-piece into their field.
It has been 13 years since Sundowns gained this trophy‚ which eluded even the irrepressible Pitso Mosimane throughout his trophy-laden eight years at Chloorkop earlier than becoming a member of Egyptian powerhouses Al Ahly final month.
Sundowns included six of their new arrivals of their match day squad with striker Peter Shalulile main the assault‚ Hashim Domingo in central midfield whereas Nyiko Mobbie additionally obtained to start out after coming back from his profitable mortgage spell with Stellenbosch FC.
Kermit Erasmus joined the checklist of debutants when he was launched for Mobbie shortly earlier than Letsoalo scored and he partnered Shalulile upfront‚ however Sundowns nonetheless couldn’t breach the Celtic defence regardless of bossing possession of the ball.
Goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane was the distinction for Celtic along with his match-saving saves incomes him the person of the match award.
Celtic coach John Maduka mentioned moments earlier than the draw that he can be pleased with any facet that got here out of the semi-finals bowl.
“I believe anybody as a result of all of the groups are good groups. So anybody can be high quality,” mentioned Maduka.
Sundowns co-coach Mngqithi‚ who has the ultimate say on the workforce‚ was dissatisfied with the end result of their first task however was happy with how the workforce responded to his manner of doing issues.
“I’m impressed‚ there have been lots of positives‚” mentioned Mngqithi in his post-match tv interview.
“I believe there have been lots of positives than negatives. I consider the workforce is beginning to play the way in which we would like them to play.
“We patiently wished to maintain the ball within the midfield and create good moments‚ higher positional sense‚ preserve possession and don’t lose the ball too cheaply.
“They gained the ball out of nothing they usually scored the purpose.
“The possibilities we created may have given us the sport‚ we had some very fascinating moments‚ yet one more contact right here and there and it may have been a purpose.”
Sundowns will now shift focus to the DStv Premiership and have solely per week to make issues proper on the drawing desk as they face Chiefs in a blockbuster encounter at FNB Stadium (Three.30pm) on Saturday to kick off their league marketing campaign.