Mamelodi Sundowns advanced to the Semi-finals of the Telkom KnockOut after a hard-earned victory over Chippa United.

The Chilli Boys started like a house on fire, throwing all they could at Downs. Chippa took the lead with the first quarter through Chidi Kwem, who slotted home from a defense-splitting pass from Tercious Malepe.

Chippa went in the break in the front foot, but Pitso Mosimane came back a whole different beast. The introduction of Phakamani Mahlambi brought some life to the Masandawana side, and were soon on level matters. Mahlambi won the penalty for the Tshwane giants, and Gaston Sirino made no mistake from the spot.

Norman Mapeza’s side took the lead for the second time when Silas Maziya’s mis-kick accidentally beat Onyango at the far post. The Brazilians would soon bring the game level again after Patrick Tignyemb made a howler, spilling Thapelo Morena’s cross into Sirino’s way.

The South American was not the type to stare a gift horse in the mouth, and he poked home. The game went into extra-time, and United were soon reduced to ten men. Malepe was given marching orders in the 11th minute of extra-time after getting a second booking.

Sundowns piled pressure on the the hosts as the second half of ET faded, but couldn’t find the winner. Chilli Boys went into defensive mode, absorbing the pressure and waiting for Downs to come at them. The tie was eventually decided on penalties.

The Brazilians cruised through after a 4-3 penaltyshootouts win, thanks to Dennis Onyango, who saved William Twala’s first penalty. Chippa’s fifth penalty went wide, sending Pitso’s side in the last four.

The draw for the TKO Semi-Finals was conducted soon after the game, and Sundowns would visit Lamontville Golden Arrows in Durban while Chiefs will host Maritzburg United. The dates and venues will be confirmed.

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