When he retires, people will ask him about his best performance ever, one hopes Denis Onyango remembers the night when he stopped two penalties to contain Kaizer Chiefs FC to a single goal in a Telkom Knockout Final.
But more importantly Leonardo Castro (5th), Thabo Nthethe ( 51st) and Hlompho Kekana’s (81st) rattled the net each with a single to hand Mamelodi Sundowns their first ever cup final victory against Kaizer Chiefs at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on the evening of Reconciliation day 2015.
The Brazilians claimed their first League Cup trophy since 1999, while the Amakhosi suffered a second successive Cup final defeat in three months, having already lost to Ajax Cape Town in the MTN8 Cup.
The win by “Bafana ba-style” marks a milestone in both Pitso Mosimane and Teko Modise’s careers as they both managed to complete their collection of medals on offer in the PSL. By the start of the match on Wednesday night, they both boasted a Top 8, Nedbank Cup and the League medals, while the Telkom had always remained elusive until they managed to unleash a 3-1 tutelage on the team dubbed “cup specialists.”
Abraw’s goal-scoring header in injury time, provided a consolation goal for Amakhosi and Tshabalala’s 11 assist of the season. But alas that was too late to.
Mamelodi Sundowns (1) 3 (Castro 5’, Nthethe 51’, Kekana 81’)
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Abraw 90+3’)
Sundowns: Onyango, Mbekile, Nthethe, Arendse, Langerman, Billiat, Zungu, Kekana, Zwane (Ngele 90+2’), Dolly (Laffor 87’), Castro (Modise 46’)
Chiefs: Khuzwayo, Gaxa, Gordinho, Gould, Masilela, Katsande, Baloyi (Parker 53’), Tshabalala, Ekstein (Letsholonyane 53’), Lebese, Manqele (Abraw 57’)