Mamelodi Sundowns gained the lead eight minutes into extra-time, but a handball by the Sundowns’ defence handed UP the equalising goal as Dikgang Ngcobo calmly finished from the penalty spot. Sundowns pressed hard and the Tuks keeper kept the game alive on numerous occasions, as well as having a goal disallowed in the final seconds. Extra time ended with a score of 2-2 and the champions could only be crowned after a penalty shootout.

Tuks were confident that they could bring the title home even after Sundowns had dominated most of the last half-hour of play, having already won a game on penalties. It seemed nerves got the better of both teams in the penalty shootout as both teams missed their next two kicks after Botshelo Mfulwane put Tuks ahead. Lebo Ngubeni, whose shot stopping had kept Tuks in the game, was the hero again as he saved another Sundowns’ penalty to give UP the win. Tuks were crowned the inaugural Multichoice Diski Challenge champions with their 2-1 win in penalties.

Tuks will now fly to the Netherlands to attend a four day training camp at the Royal Netherlands Football Association and will play a friendly match against a Bundesliga outfit in Germany.

 

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