Sundowns edge past Bidvest Wits in five goal thriller

Mamelodi Sundowns booked their place in the 2020 Nedbank Cup final with a 3-2 win over Bidvest Wits at Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

The Brazilians will face Bloemfontein Celtic in the tournament showpiece, following their 3-0 thumping of Baroka FC at the same venue earlier today.

Lyle Lakay found the back of the net with virtually the final kick of the game after the Clever Boys had fought back to level matters on two occasions. Ricardo Nascimento and Keletso Makgalwa had given Sundowns the lead, but Terrence Dzvukamanja scored two superb goals to keep the Clever Boys in the game before Lakay's moment of magic.

Sundowns opened the scoring in the 37th minute through Nascimento who was on target from the spot after Buhle Mkhwanazi was caught tugging Motjeka Madisha's jersey inside the penalty area.

Bidvest Wits improved following the break and levelled matters in the 76th minute. Dzvukamanja stripped Madisha of the ball in a dangerous area before keeping his cool and lobbing the ball past the onrushing Denis Onyango.

Sundowns regained their advantage five minutes later – albeit through fortunate circumstances – as Makgalwa pounced on an error from Brighton Mhlongo before passing the ball into an open net.

The Clever Boys though were not going down without a fight and levelled matters once more as Dzvukamanja turned past Madisha from a perfect Phathutshedzo Nange pass before sliding the ball home for his brace on the night.

But having fought their way back into the game so valiantly, Wits were dumbed out of the competition with what proved to be the final kick of the encounter as Lakay curled a pin-point free-kick past Mhlongo and into the back of the net to send Sundowns into another cup final.

Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 3 (Nascimento pen. 37' Makgalwa 81' Lakay 90+5')

Bidvest Wits (0) 2 (Dzvukamanja 76' 86')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Lebusa, Nascimento, Madisha, Lukhubeni, Coetzee, Kekana, Zwane (Lakay 73'), Mkhulise (Jali 73'), Maboe, Vilakazi (Makgalwa 60').

Bidvest Wits: Mhlongo, Hlanti, Mkhwanazi, Gordinho (Macheke 46'), Hlatshwayo, Alexander, Nange, Domingo (Eva Nga 62'), Sekgota (Human 46'), Hotto, Dzvukamanja (Khunyedi 90+5').