Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs, 2015 Telkom Knockout Final

The Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs, 2015 Telkom Knockout Final, was a single elimination match contested on December 16, 2015 at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa. The match was contested for the purpose of determining the winner of that year’s (2015) edition of the League Cup known at the Telkom Knockout for sponsorship reasons.

2015 Telkom Knockout Champions - Mamelodi Sundowns
Competition 2015 Telkom Knockout
Administrator Premier Soccer League
Season 2015-2016
Home Team Mamelodi Sundowns
Away Team Kaizer Chiefs
Date December 16, 2015
Time 18:00 (South Africa)
Venue Moses Mabhida
City Durban, RSA
Attendance 54,000
Weather Mostly Cloudy
24°C (74 °F)
72% humidity


Half-time Score 1-0
Full-time Score 3-1
MS Goal Scorer Leonardo Castro 4′
Thabo Nthethe 51′
H. Kekana 82′
KC Goal Scorer C. Abraw 90+3′

Match Officials

Referee Kulasande Qongqo
Assistants Zakhele Siwela
Luvuyo Pupuma
Fourth Official Phelelani Ndaba
Commissioner George Boodhoo

The Mamelodi Sundowns vs Kaizer Chiefs took place on Wednesday night of December 16, 2015 at 18:00 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in the city of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

The match was to decide the 2015 Telkom Knockout champion; the league cup of South Africa organized by the Premier Soccer League of that country and contested by the 16 teams competing in the top flight.

It was a single elimination match; failure to produced a winner in regualation time would have seen the match sent to a 30 minutes consisting of two halves – with each half lasting fifteen minutes and the referee’s stoppage time if applicable. Should that extra time fail to produce a winner the match would have been decided on spot-kicks, commonly known as penalties.

Ahead of the match Kaizer Chiefs were out an out favourites despite being the shadow of what they were just a season earlier under the guidance of Stuart Baxter. Under new coach, Steve Komphela, the Naturena side found itself besieged with inconsistencies in terms of results.

Never-the-less, in all known cup final meetings between these two sides Kaizer Chiefs had always manage to come out victorious. Even more so, Kaizer Chiefs was once dubbed cup specialists because of their ruthlessness in the cup competitions; all things considered – they were widely tipped to secure their 14th League Cup title.

Mamelodi Sundowns went into that match undefeated in ten consecutive matches in all competitions, undoubtedly, their best for in recent years. In the last five matches prior to the 2015 Telkom Knockout final, Mamelodi Sundowns had secured a single draw and followed it up with four consecutive victories including a 3-1 trouncing of their Tshwane rivals who were also defending champions of the same cup, SuperSport United.

In the run up to the 2015 Telkom Knockout final Mamelodi Sundowns hosted the visiting Polokwane City at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium in a round 7 2015/16 Absa Premiership meeting and the match was played to a goalless draw.

The Polokwane City match was followed up by a Maritzburg United match at the same venue; Mamelodi Sundowns decimated the visitors by 3-0. They then traveled to the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape where they were visiting Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium and emerged 0-1 victors.

League took a backseat as Mamelodi Sundowns hosted their Tshwane rivals, SuperSport United , at their shared venue (Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium) in 2015 Telkom Knockout semi-final – and secure passage to the final with a 3-1 victory. They next return to league action where they brushed aside Free State Stars by 3-1 – also at Lucas Masterpieces Moripe Stadium.

In their last five matches ahead of the 2015 Telkom Knockout final Kaizer Chiefs won two matches, played two draws – winning one match on penalty shootouts and lost once to arch-rivals Orlando Pirates in 156th official Soweto Derby. They defeated Mpumalanga Black Aces 1-0 at FNB Stadium, then they were taken apart 1-3 by Orlando Pirates at the same venue, then took apart Golden Arrows by 3-1 at the same venue, then played to a goalless draw with Orlando Pirates at the same venue and won that match 6-5 on penalties to progress to the final of the 2015 Telkom Knockout and then they were held to a 1-all draw by Maritzburg United.


Recent Meeting

Out of the five recent meetings between these two sides in all competitions Kaizer Chiefs had won two while Mamelodi Sundowns had won one and the other two played to draws. Down the years Kaizer Chiefs has long dominated the tie between the two sides – with some records indicating that they have won well over 40 percent of the matches with Mamelodi Sundowns winning just over 30 percent and the remainder being played to a draw.



The Match

Mamelodi Sundowns drew first blood through Leonardo Castro’s header in the fourth minute after a cross from Khama Billiat. Mamelodi Sundowns continued to maintain a firmer grip on the game setting the pace and controlling the match. In the 13th minute Kaizer Chiefs showed signs of life when George Lebese combined with Hendrick Ekstein who in turn put his effort wide.

However it remained mostly Mamelodi Sundowns maintaining the upper hand in ball possession and midfield control; Keagan Dolly set up Themba Zwane whose effort went over the cross-bar. Siboniso Gaxa’s 28th minute chance could have pulled Kaizer Chiefs back into the game but he ballooned the shot over the cross-bar.

Kaizer Chiefs had finally found their rhythm and began to find their way into the Mamelodi Sundowns but Denis Onyango stood firm dealing with each of their attacks decisively. At the conclusion of the first half Mamelodi Sundowns remained in front through Leonardo Castro’s fourth minute goal.

Mamelodi Sundowns returned from the break with renewed conviction and the desire to win the match as if they were the ones trailing and in the 51st minute their hard work paid off when Thabo Nthethe headed into the net – finishing off Teko Modise’s free-kick.

Kaizer Chiefs were awarded a penalty and Siphiwe Tshabalala raised his hand to take it but Denis Onyango pulled a brilliant save to deny him. Kaizer Chiefs were awarded another penalty; this time it was 56th minute substitute, Camaldine Abraw, who raised his hand and he too was shock by Denis Onyango who produced yet another brilliant save.

Kaizer Chiefs were two goals and had two clear cut opportunities to score in a form of penalties but squandered both but Mamelodi Sundowns was not so kind; in the 82nd minute Hlompho Kekana put it beyond doubt with a third goal which was the end result of a great interplay by downs. Kaizer Chiefs got a consolation goal in the 3rd minute of stoppage time through Camaldine Abraw. Mamelodi Sundowns were crowned 2015 Telkom Knockout Champions.



Mamelodi Sundowns logo Kaizer Chiefs Logo

Starting XI

36. Denis Onyango 16. Brilliant Khuzwayo
02. Thabo Nthethe 51′
24. Tsepo Masilela
04. Tebogo Langerman 38′
02. Siboniso Gaxa 
06. Wayne Arendse
26. Lorenzo Gordinho
08. Hlompho Kekana 82′
83. Morgan Gould
05. Asavela Mbekile
14. Siphiwe Tshabalala (C) e 69′
07. Keagan Dolly Substituted 87′
17. George Lebese
18. Themba Zwane Substituted 90+2′
35. Lucky Baloyi Substituted 52′
20. Khama Billiat 31. Willard Katsande 14′
25. Leonardo Castro  4′  24′ Substituted 46′
22. Edward Manqele Substituted 56′
34. Bongani Zungu
27. Hendrick Ekstein Substituted 52′


 Pitso Mosimane Steve Komphela


 All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order
01. Kennedy Mweene 01. Reyaad Pieterse
10. Teko Modise Substituted 46′ 67′
06. Reneilwe Letsholonyane Substituted 52′
11. Mogakolodi Ngele Substituted 90+2′
09. Camaldine Abraw 56′ Substituted 55′ 90+3′
19. Mzikayise Mashaba
25. Bernard Parker Substituted 52′
28. Anthony Laffor Substituted 87′
12. George Maluleka 
29. Bangaly Soumahoro
18. Kgotso Moleko
53. Katlego Mashego 05. Siyanda Xulu

Match Statistics

43% Possession 57%
5 Corners 6
9 Shots 10
6 Shots on Target 4
20 Fouls 14
2 Offsides 6
3 Yellow Cards 3
0 Red Cards 0


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