Zims determine progress in Nedbank Cup

Warriors goalkeeper Tapuwa Kapini paid tribute to his fans at the weekend, as he became one of the many Zimbabwean players to progress to South Africa’s most valued cup competition – the Nedbank Cup.


“I dedicate the win to those who have always believed in me, those who have stuck with me and sent messages of support through both the good and tough times. To Almighty God, I also say ‘thank you’ for the blessing,” said the former national team captain.

The shot-stopper, who has endured a bad start to the season which saw his own club’s fans vent their frustrations on him after a series of losses, saved an 85th minute penalty as he helped Amazulu to a 2-0 win over First Division side, United FC at Olimpia Stadium, Rustenburg on Sunday.

Kapini was one of two Zimbabweans who starred for Usuthu, alongside Warriors defender, Carlington Nyadombo.

Warriors striker Knowledge Musona scored the solitary goal as defending cup champions, Kaizer Chiefs dispatched Brian Abbas Amidu’s Black Leopards 1-0 in extra time. Amidu was a 69th minute substitute in the tie, played at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Sunday. Musona was introduced in the 65th minute.

Midfielder Willard Katsande was the only Zimbabwean to play a full game, as Mathew Rusike entered the fray in the 87th minute.

Striker Terrence Mandaza also rose from the bench to score the winning goal, as Maritzburg United beat 10-man Mpumalanga Black Aces 2-1 at the Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg, on Saturday night.

It was a game former Warriors captain, Method Mwanjali, would most love to hate, after he was unfairly adjudged to have fouled Kurt Lentjies, leading to Maritzburg’s first goal from the penalty spot.

Zimbabwe national team skipper, Denver Mukamba, played 46 minutes as his Bidvest Wits side prevailed 2-0 over second division AmaBEE. Mukamba was the only Zimbabwean in action for Wits, who have five in their books.

Ralph Matema, Peter and Patrick Mbaiwa helped their First Division outfit, Witbank Spurs, upset Absa PSL side, Free State Stars 1-0 at Charles Mopeli Stadium, Mpumalanga.

Other Zimbabweans who made it through are Khama Billiat, Cuthbert Malajila and Esrom Nyandoro, whose Mamelodi Sundowns beat Simba Sithole’s Ajax Cape Town 1-0. Only Billiat was part of that action against his former club. Takesure Chinyama also progressed with Platinum Stars, who thrashed Great North 3-1 at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium.

Gilbert Mapemba also helped Moroka Swallows beat Vodacom League side Mbombela United 4-3 at Dobsonville Stadium, in Soweto, while former Highlanders stars, Washington Arubi and Obadiah Tarumbwa had their fate sealed by Pretoria rivals, SuperSport United, who beat their Pretoria University 1-0 at the Absa Tuks Stadium in Pretoria.

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