Maulers down unbeatable Classic hosts

Thomas Kwenaite

Tembisa - Manning Rangers destroyed the myth that Classic are unbeatable at Makhulong Stadium when they eliminated them 1-0 frp, the Bobsave Superbowl and will now face Mabopane Young Masters in the second round in Durban.

Japhet Zwane delivered the killer blow in the 88th minute when he easily stabbed the ball into the far corner out of reach of an otherwise competent Nigerian Idah Peterside at a time when the game appeared to be destined for extra time.

Gilvert Mushanghazike raised his hand appealing for a penalty after his shot appeared to have been handled by Calvin Motlhaung, but referee Simon Motau applied the advantage rule and in the confusion Zwane grabbed the ball and pushed it into the net.

It was the second time that Rangers have entered the lions den, and for the second time won at a venue at which none of the 17 Premiership teams have managed to so far. In a first round Premiership match, Rangers had run out comfortable 2-0 winners. Classic really missed the services of playmaker Arthur Zwane, the heart and soul of the team, who watched from the grandstand. He is serving a two match atuomatic suspension for accumulating four bookings.

Classic tries to put up a brave right and penetrated the Rangers defence on numerous occasions, but lacked the finishing touch to convert their chances. Rangers started tentatively sizing up opponents who for the first time since the beginning of the season, seemed to lack confidence. After 15 minutes Bruce Ramokadi took a long range shot which was safely handled by Peterson.

There was controversy when Colin Mthunzi was hacked from behind by Robbie Milne in the penalty area. Motau at first allowed the infringement to go unpunished, then changed his mind and awarded a free kick. Chances continued to fall to the Tembisa side but they displayed a lack of a finishing touch and regretted the lack of their killer instinct when Rangers caught them off guard with two minutes remaining as they lost their concentration.