We bowed out of the 2021 MTN8 tonight as we went down 3-0 to Masandawana at Lucas Moripe Stadium. The home side opened the scoring in the 4th minute off the boot of Shaluilile as he punished us off a deflection.

Ndwandwe probably had our best opportunity of the night to score just 2 minutes later but was denied by a switched on Pieterse. We allowed Sundowns a lot of space in the midfield and they used it to their advantage, coming up on attack and putting us on the backfoot for the most of the first half.

The home side doubled their lead in the 29th minute as Lunga headed in a well delivered free kick from the near side of the box.

We made changes at the break, bringing on Cele and Mbhele into play. They made somewhat of an impact on our game, creating space and pushing up into the final third, but we could not find the final touches we needed and put our efforts wide of target.

Sundowns got their third goal deep into extra time with Maema slotting a curler into the top corner of goals, further securing their win and going through to the final on a 4-1 aggregate score.

We return to the field on Sunday afternoon as we take on Muramo Gallants in the DStv Premiership at Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.

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