Former Dynamos midfielder Denver Mukamba made his debut for Bidvest Wits as they lost to Kaizer Chiefs 8-7 on penalties as Amakhosi lifted the inaugural Gauteng Cup in Atteridgeville on Saturday after the scores were tied at 0-0 after regulation time.
Mukamba signed from Dynamos on a two-year deal, played 78 minutes of the match until he was replaced by Faty Papy.
Before his substitution, Mukamba had provided Chiefs goalkeeper Arthur Bartman his first test with a left-foot strike.
Derrick Spencer missed the eighth penalty in the shoot-out for Wits while Sithembiso Ngcobo scored to win the title for Chiefs. Early in the first half Lehlohonolo Majoro came close for Chiefs, but shot wide with only keeper Energy Murambadoro to beat. In the 14th minute Wits nearly scored when Luyolo Mapolisa’s shot was saved by Arthur Bartman.
Bernard Parker had a chance to score, but his diving header missed the target after 30 minutes. In the 54th minute Stanton Fredericks’ shot was well saved by Bartman who was in good form in goal.
Ngcobo turned the Wits defence in the 62nd minute and fired on target, but his shot was blocked for a corner.
Wits could have won the match in injury time, but Fredericks rushed his shot and it flew wide of the goal.
Meanwhile, Orlando Pirates have won the 2012 Mbombela Cup with a 6-5 penalty shoot-out victory over Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday. The final of the four-team tournament finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, with Bucs holding their nerve in the shoot-out to claim the victory.
Sundowns needed a penalty shoot-out win to get past National First Division side Sivutsa Stars in their semi-finals, while Pirates booked their place in the final with a 4-1 victory over Swazi side Mbabane Swallows.
Daine Klate (two), Benni McCarthy and Mpho Makola were on target for Bucs in that match. Sundowns took the lead in the final though, Hlompho Kekana scoring for them on 17 minutes, before Andile Jali netted to bring Bucs level.
That was the way it stayed until the shoot-out, when Sundowns missed their sixth penalty, Pirates keeper Senzo Meyiwa saving from Esrom Nyandoro.
Penalties at Atterigdeville
Wits: Tim (scores), Chapman (scores), Papy (scores), Jayiya (scores), Fredericks (scores), Mngomezulu (scores), Spencer (misses)
Chiefs: Nale (scores), Masango (scores), Jambo (scores), Zvasiya (scores), Katsande (scores), Baloyi (scores), Ngcobo (scores)
Chiefs: Bartman, Moleko, Jambo, Mathoho (Zvasiya 36), Mashamaite, Letsholonyane (Baloyi 33), Katsande, Parker (Ngcobo 36), Majoro (Motaung 33) (Hlongwa 70), Masango, Lebese (Nale 46)
Substitutes: Khuzwayo, Baloyi, Motaung, Nale, Zvasiya, Ngcobo, Dladla, Nkosi
Wits: Murambadoro, Gumede, Timm, Thupola, Koapeng, Mukamba (Papy 78), Mapolisa, Mngomezulu, Nato, Sweswe (Spencer 67), Fredericks
Substitutes: Hoffman, Pule, Jayiya, Chapman, Papy, Spencer, Mokoena