The third Nedbank away match in a row. There were three changes in the starting line up, Musa Bilankulu, Wayde Jooste and Sanele Mathenjwa. The team performed very well under circumstances.
The weather was hot and the field dry with grass that was not cut well. We had a very good and disciplined performance in both defense and attack. The first opportunity to break the deadlock came after 24 minutes with a free-kick from Danny Venter that sailed inches wide of the upright. Sibusiso Sibeko had the best chance of the first half in the 33rd minute after going clear on goal, but instead of using the space and time by picking his spot, he shot straight at Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb. Our only challenge in the half was from the opponent left side where Dlamini dropped to No 10, behind Venter and Phiri. The teams went to half time at 0:0 and hoping the heat will ease in the second half.
We continued and had a good start to the second half after addressing the Dlamini problem by reorganizing the team defence. We made a sub, brought in Mutizwa for Sibeko and the change paid off as Mutizwa broke the deadlock on 68 minutes with a neat finish from close range after some good work by fellow substitute Lerato Lamola, who replaced Ndwandwe.
The opponent pulled one to equalize via Sam. It didn’t take long we secured the win in the 90th minute as Mutizwa completed his brace by curling a free-kick around the wall and into the far corner to send us into the NEDBANK semifinals. We are awaiting the final match and hear who we meeting in the semifinals.