Sundowns book quarterfinal place at Chippa's expense

Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place in the Telkom Knockout quarterfinals with a 2-0 win over Chippa United at the Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville on Saturday.

The visitors offered little in attack, with second-half goals from Keagan Dolly and Hlompho Kekana paving the hosts' passage into the next round.

Chippa ended the game with 10-men following Thamsanqa Sangweni's dismissal.

The game got off to a rather stale start with a Tebogo Langerman injury halting early momentum for either side.

Langerman, though, would soon be back on his feet and along with fellow defenders Thabo Nthethe and Wayne Arendse create the best chances of the first 45.

Nthethe registered the first attempt at goal on 12 minutes. Ramahlwe Mphahlele delivered a perfect cross following a short corner-kick by Dolly, but the former Bloemfontein Celtic man failed to hit the target at the back post.

Chippa stopper Daniel Akpeyi was forced into a good save on 21 minutes to keep out Langerman's powerful shot from inside the area, before seeing Arendse's towering header rattle the crossbar on the half-hour.

The Chilli Boys finally found their range through Kuduku Maleasenya on 42 minutes, his shot from range easily gathered by Denis Onyango.

Sundowns ended the half in the ascendancy with Langerman testing Akpeyi once again from range - the Nigerian striker spilled the initial effort, but gathered at Cuthbert Malajila's feet.

Chippa head coach Roger Sikhakhane introduced former Brazilian Lerato Chabangu after the break as they looked to turn things in their favour. Khama Billiat, meanwhile, replaced fellow countryman Malajila, who picked up an injury.

Dolly scored his third goal in two games with a superb half-volley finish from the edge of the area on the hour mark. Bongani Zungu teed up the former Ajax Cape Town winger, whose first-time effort left Akpeyi with little chance.

Chippa were dealt another blow in the 76th minute as Sangweni saw red for a second bookable offence.

Chippa's best chance fell to Mark Mayambela seven minutes from time, but he could only manage to send his first time shot from a Chabangu cross wide of goal.

A deflected strike from Kekana sealed the win for Sundowns in the 86th minute as Pitso Mosimane's troops booked their place in the quarterfinals alongside SuperSport United, Golden Arrows, Maritzburg United and Free State Stars.

Mamelodi Sundowns 2 (Dolly 60' Kekana 86')

Chippa United 0

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Langerman (Mashaba 59'), Arendse, Nthethe, Mphahlele, Kekana, Zungu, T. Zwane, Dolly, Malajila (Billiat 46'), Mashego (Laffor 79')

Chippa United: Akpeyi; Okwuosa, Thopola, Maleasenya, Chipeta, Sangweni, Bance, Mthiyane (Cele 74'), Mayambela, L.Manzini (R.Manzini 46'), Sali (Chabangu 46