Siphamandla Hleza: Milford FC’s Goalkeeping Hero Played Through Injury Claims Chairman Pupuma

Siphamandla Hleza: Milford FC’s Goalkeeping Hero Played Through Injury Claims Chairman Pupuma

Jarryd Westerdale
February 26, 2024 at 10:50 AM
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  • Siphamandla Hleza saved a penalty to ensure the match went to a penalty shootout
  • Kaizer Chiefs again exited the Nedbank Cup at the hands of lower-division opponents
  • Cavin Johnson was deeply upset with the result but has urged the team to bounce back

Milford FC's penalty shootout victory over Kaizer Chiefs will be etched into footballing mythology.

Adding to the storied evening will be the legendary tale of The Stallions' charmed goalkeeper, Siphamandla Hleza.

The acrobatic gloveman will be remembered for his heroics from either side of the penalty spot, as well as an extra piece of information that was shared as the Nedbank Cup dust settled.

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Siphamandla Hleza was the hero at FNB Stadium as Milford FC eliminated Kaizer Chiefs from the Nedbank Cup. Photo: @ThomasMlambo.
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Milford FC owner and chairman, Dr Xanti Pupuma, stated post-match that Hleza had been carrying an injury coming into the game at FNB Stadium

The Round of 32 Man of the Match recipient saved Ranga Chivaviro's extra-time penalty with a damaged finger. Dr Pupuma stated his goalkeeper hurt himself earlier in the week and the team was not the same without him. FARPost quoted the owner, who said:

“He is a typical modern goalkeeper; he can even play as a striker if he wants to. So, he makes us complete. Tonight, he just showed everybody else what I already know."

Hleza's hands were not needed for Edson Castillo's shootout attempt, which was blazed horribly over the crossbar. The keeper would let his feet apply the finishing touch, as he stepped up to score the deciding spot-kick.

Dr Pupuma also served as coach for the Nedbank Cup fixture. SABC Sport relayed his comments:

"We came in and we were just solid enough, trying to work on the counter. When we could keep the ball, we kept the ball and tried to penetrate. This being a cup game, you always want to take a bit of risk here and there."

The draw for the Last 16 will be conducted on Monday evening.

Cavin Johnson 'deeply disappointed'

Sports Brief recently reported on the reaction of Kaizer Chiefs' coach following their Nedbank Cup defeat.

Johnson spoke at length about their failure to get past Motsepe Foundation Championship team Milford FC.

The penalty shootout loss ensures that Chiefs will end their ninth straight season without winning silverware.

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Jarryd Westerdale (based in Johannesburg) joined Sports Brief after four years in the community journalism sphere. He is a two-time Alet Roux Award winner and was a finalist in multiple categories at the Forum of Community Journalism Excellence Awards.