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WITS BOW OUT OF NBC AFTER 8-GOAL THRILLER

The Clever Boys were eliminated from the Nedbank Cup after a 4-4 draw against Chippa United, eventually losing on penalties.

Bidvest Wits were knocked out of the 2019 Nedbank Cup in the quarterfinals at the hands of Chippa United, but not before putting up a big fight in an eight-goal thriller at the Bidvest Stadium.

Andile Mbenyane grabbed the lead for the Chilli Boys in the third minute with a flicked header at the near post with the first corner of the match.

The Clever Boys clicked into gear immediately after and were level on 20 minutes through Gift Motupa, who found the back of the net with a close range strike after being left unmarked in the box.

With the last action of the first half, Terrence Dzvukamanja headed the home side in front after the Chili Boys defence were caught napping once again.

The visitors were awarded a penalty in the 63rd minute for a handball inside the box. Boikanyo Komane was brave enough to take the spot-kick and made it 2-2.

It was an end-to-end affair as Dzvukamanja restored the lead for Wits ten minutes before time with a neat finish into the top corner after some impressive build-up play.

Chippa found an equaliser in the last minute of regulation time thanks to a free-kick by Ruzaigh Gamildien which hit the top corner, sending the match to extra-time.

Rhulani Manzini made it 4-3 to the visitors in the sixth minute of extra time, tapping home at the back post following a cross from Lerato Manzini.

Deon Hotto levelled matters once again for Wits in the 18th minute of extra time with a volley at the far post after being picked out by Elias Pelembe and ultimately sent the game into a penalty shoot-out. However, Hotto had another opportunity to win it for the Clever Boys in similar fashion to his goal just a few minutes earlier, but this time he put his finish just wide of the post.

Chippa United won the penalty shootout to book their place in the Nedbank Cup semi-final.