Cape Town City win the 2016 Telkom Knockout

Cape Town  City Football Club defeated SuperSport United by 2 goals to 1 in the 2016 Telkom Knockout football tournament on Saturday of December 10, 2016 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in the city of Polokwane in the Limpopo province of South Africa.

Cape Town City celebrates winning the Cup during the Telkom Knockout Cup Final match between Cape Town City and Supersport United 10 December 2016 at Peter Mokaba StadiumPic Sydney Mahlangu/ BackpagePix

The victory marks the very first cup for the newly founded Cape Town City Football Club who came to be after its owners bought Mpumalanga Black Aces and renamed then Cape Town City. Competing in their first season in the South African Premier Soccer League (PSL), Cape Town City went to the 2016 Telkom Knockout Final as the 2016/17 Absa Premiership table toppers with 24 points in 12 matches – an average of 2 points per match.

Enroute to the final Cape Town City defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 2-0 after extra time in the first round of the competition, Baroka FC 4-3 also after extra time in the quarters-finals and Free State Stars in the 4-1 in regulation time.

Going to the final against SuperSport United, Cape Town City were the definite underdogs – led by Eric Tinkler – who was accused (by the fans) of stumbling along at Orlando Pirates, who faced Stuart Baxter (SuperSport United) whose success at Kaizer Chiefs was a subject of praise.

Cape Town City opened the scoring in the 12th minute through Aubrey Ngoma who was later named man of the match. They did not only do well to protect their lead for the better part of the match, the did all they could to increase their lead.

Sibusiso Masina’s missed chance in the 30th minute and Bhongolethu Jayiya’s 44th minute header are among the chances that could have seen Cape Town City cushion their lead early on. In the second half SuperSport United tried all they could to come at the unrelenting Cape Town City. Thabo Mnyamane, Kingston Nkhatha and Morgan Gould were among those who came very close to equalizing for SuperSport United.

In the 71st minute Cape Town City could no longer play ‘hard-to-get’ with their goal mouth as Kingston Nkhatha finally equalized for the Pretoria side, however, that relief was short lived – just two minutes later in the 73rd minute Judas Moseamedi restored Cape Town City’s single goal lead.

That goal proved enough as the new kids on the block secured their first ever cup and also Eric Tinkler won his first ever cup as head coach after coming close more than once while at the head of Orlando Pirates.

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