Galaxy bow out of Nedbank Cup

5 February 2020 – TS Galaxy exited the Nedbank Cup following a disappointing 3-0 loss at the hands of Chippa United at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 5 February. 

Three unfortunate goals in the second half for the hosts saw the former champions bow out in the first round of the competition.

Galaxy were the first to create a scoring opportunity which was a golden one when a neat interchange of passes between Sizwe Mdlinzo, Tshepo Chaine and Nation Ndlovu concluded with Ndlovu sending a disappointingly tame effort that was easily gathered by the keeper.

Minutes later, Ruzaigh Gamaldien almost punished Galaxy when he’s shot following a quick counter went wide of target.

A valid call for a penalty was waved for play on when Ndlovu found the skipper, Terrence Mashego who powered into the box and fouled for the referee to wave play on in the 36th minute.

Coming back from the break, Galaxy almost found the lead seconds into the second stanza when a long ball into the box almost found the oncoming Mdlinzo who failed to connect.

Another golden opportunity came in the 56th minute when Sanele Barns found Mdlinzo unmarked in a very good position but couldn’t control the ball which was a missed opportunity.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 63rd minute when Gamaldien fired a shot from the edge of the area that caught Ludwe Mpakumpaku off guard as the hosts took the lead.

Mashego almost found the equaliser minutes after doing well to cut into the box and fire with into the near post but his shot was saved for a corner.

Unfortunately for the Rockets, the lead was extended in the 73rd minute when Augustine Kwem capitalised on an error from Mpakumpaku who failed to gather a cross which made its way to the oncoming forward who easily slotted home.

The match was officially put beyond reach for the Rockets when Kwem found his brace towards the closing stages to make it 3-0 for the hosts and send the champions out of the tournament.

The focus will shift to the Glad Africa Championship for the former champions.

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