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Benni McCarthy’s Cape Town City crowned 2018 MTN8 Champions

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Cape Town City’s Benni McCarthy won his first coaching trophy when goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh showed his class in penalties and beat SuperSport United in the MTN8 final at the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The match had to be decided on penalties after ending in a goalless draw which City largely dominated.

Matsatsantsa came into the final full of confidence after overcoming arguably the toughest route by beating both Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs, coupled with its impressive start to the league, which left Kaitano Tembo’s men hungry to secure more silverware.

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The Citizens were looking to redeem themselves from last season’s final failure and despite struggling in the league, winning only one of their opening six matches, Benni McCarthy’s men would have gained belief after beating Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-finals.

As in last year’s final, City started the game on the front foot, but it was the defending champions who had the first sight at goal as Fagrie Lakay was picked out in the box, but his volley flew over the crossbar.

The teams were still level at the end of the 90 minutes as the game headed into extra time for the second year in a row between these two sides.

After an uneventful 30 minutes of extra time, it was down to the lottery of a penalty shootout to determine the champions.

Peter Leeuwenburgh then proved to be the hero as he saved shots from Bradley Grobler and Reneilwe Letsholonyane before Nodada stepped up to smash home the winning penalty.

City was the deserved winners on the day as McCarthy picked up his first trophy as a coach.

Siseko Gwegwe
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