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Keletso Makgalwa of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates with Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Quarter Finals match between Highlands Park and Mamelodi Sundowns on the 14 March 2020 at Makhulong Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Sundowns rising star draws special praise from Mosimane

Keletso Makgalwa was the hero for Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday, sending them through to the Nedbank Cup semifinals.

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Keletso Makgalwa of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates with Pitso Mosimane coach of Mamelodi Sundowns during the 2020 Nedbank Cup Quarter Finals match between Highlands Park and Mamelodi Sundowns on the 14 March 2020 at Makhulong Stadium Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

Mamelodi Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane will have been a nervous man until Keletso Makgalwa provided a late winner in the Nedbank Cup at Makhulong Stadium on Saturday.

Relief for Mamelodi Sundowns

The much-anticipated clash headed to extra time after neither side managed to find the net in the first 90 minutes.

The late finish was not exactly what the former Bafana mentor would have wanted, given his side’s busy schedule of late.

“We went where we definitely did not want to go,” admitted the coach.

“The last thing we needed was extra time because we are in the middle of a very tight schedule across various competitions.”

Pitso Mosimane

Business as usual for Keletso Makgalwa

The winner was only the third across competitions for Makgalwa, who has endured an injury-plagued season.

The 23-year-old came on for Jose Ali Meza and struck with the dreaded penalty shootout just five minutes away.

“There is one thing you need to know about Keletso and I always say – you can’t let him look at the goals and you are not closing him down,” Mosimane said.

“He can finish and the goal he scored is the same one that he did when we played Stellenbosch, but on the other side. I thought he should have passed [to] the other side because Nicholus [Lukhubeni] was free and he decided to finish. He scores these goals at training, I must tell you.”

Pitso Mosimane

Sundowns were drawn against Bidvest Wits in the semifinals, with the date and venue set to be announced at a later stage. They are, however, scheduled to host Orlando Pirates in the league on Tuesday.

Whether the match will still go ahead is, however, uncertain after President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national state of disaster, following the rise in coronavirus cases in South Africa. As a result, the president announced a ban of gatherings consisting of over 100 people.

A possible suspension of fixtures could be welcome for Sundowns, who have not a lot of time to rest before the fixture.

“It will be Pirates’ first match in 10 days and our fourth in 11 and the match against Highlands was very difficult because our opponents were strong and the pitch was heavy,” Mosimane said on Saturday.

Pitso Mosimane

The PSL has called an urgent meeting and will reveal the way forward at noon on Monday.