Goalkeeper Denis Onyango saved five penalty shootouts to enable Mamelodi Sundowns win a South African cup competition on Saturday.
Mamelodi Sundowns maintained their grip on the local scene by winning the MTN8 in its present incarnation with a 3-2 penalty shootout victory over Cape Town City in Saturday’s final at Moses Mabhida Stadium.
After a 1-1 deadlock extra time (120 minutes), the 36-year-old Ugandan goalkeeper Denis Masinde Onyango, was the hero of the day, saving five of the seven penalties in front of 2,000 in the MTN 8 final in Durban, South Africa.
After being named man of the match, captain Onyango noted, “My intuition helped a lot in the shootout”. “We fought against Cape Town’s aggression at times, but we never let our guard down.
Sundowns scored through Andile Jali, Neo Maema, and Peter Shalulile during a terrible penalty-taking display, while Haashim Domingo, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Aubrey Modiba, and Mosa Lebusa failed to convert from the spot.
The city’s only scorers were Terrence Mashego and Mpho Makola, with Khanyisa Mayo, Fagrie Lakay, Abdul Ajagun, Tariq Fielies, and Thamsanqa Mkhize failing to convert.
Manqoba Mngqithi, Steve Komphela, and Rulani Mokwena, the Sundowns coaching three, started the encounter with an Onyango-led spine behind Lebusa and Grant Kekana at the heart of the defense.
The final gathered 2,000 spectators, all of whom were completely vaccinated against the coronavirus, as South Africa took a second step toward loosening restrictions imposed in March 2020 to combat the epidemic.