Mamelodi Sundowns came out on top in a thrilling MTN8 final against Cape Town City FC, holding their nerve to claim a 3-2 penalty shootout victory after the scores were deadlocked at 1-1 after extra-time at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday.
Mamelodi Sundowns went into the half-time break with the lead thanks to a 24th-minute Thapelo Morena goal, but the Citizens rallied after the interval, drawing level through Fagrie Lakay in the 75th minute.
And, with neither side able to forge a winner in extra-time, the match headed to the lottery of a penalty shootout with goalkeeper Denis Onyango saving Cape Town City’s final spot-kick to help Masandawana end a 14-year drought in the competition.
In the shootout, both teams failed to convert their first two attempts before Andile Jali finally found the back of the net with Mamelodi Sundowns’ third attempt.
Terrence Mashego netted Cape Town City’s third attempt to level the scores before Aubrey Modiba saw his attempt saved by Hugo Marques in the Citizens’ goal.
Mamelodi Sundowns were then let off the hook, though, as Abdul Ajagun’s shot was saved by Onyango.
Neo Maema stepped up to take the fifth spot-kick for the Brazilians and held his nerve, only for Mpho Makola to level matters once more.
But Mosa Lebusa would hit the woodwork with the next attempt and after a torturous wait for the next attempt, Taariq Fielies’ shot was saved by Onyango.
Peter Shalulile stepped up for attempt number seven and made no mistake, putting the pressure back on the Citizens who now had to score to keep the shootout alive.
Thamsanqa Mkhize was tasked with keeping Cape Town City in the contest, but failed to capitalise as his weak attempt was saved by shootout hero Onyango.
Mamelodi Sundowns walked away with a cool R8 million for their victory while Cape Town City had to console themselves with R800 000.