Black Leopards 2-0 Amavarara: Lidoda Duvha seal Nedbank Cup quarter-final spot

Alan Clark's men became the first team to book their place in the Last 8 of this year's tournament with an easy win at Thohoyandou Stadium

Two first-half goals from Lesedi Kapinga and Themba Ndlovu were enough for Black Leopards to beat Amavarara 2-0 in the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup on Friday. 

This is the first time since 2015 that Lidoda Duvha make it into the quarter-final stage. 

For Amavarara, this brings to an end what would have been a fairy tale run for them after winning their opening match of this year's competition. 

Alan Clark made five changes to the side that lost to Orlando Pirates last week, keeping the core of the team as he probably didn't want to underestimate Amavarara. 

The intentions were clear from the ABC Motsepe League side as they ventured forward as early as the fifth minute through Sihle Maso only for the attacker's attempt to be saved by Rotshidzwa Muleka.  

But Leopards were always going to be the stronger of the two sides, and their experience came to the fore as Kapinga capitalised on some sloppy defending to fire the past Amavarara goalkeeper Khanya Mini to make it 1-0.   

This was Mini's third Nedbank Cup appearance at this level after being with EC Bees FC and Tornado FC in the past.  

Mzunani Mgwigwi's men defended too deep after the goal but still couldn't contain Leopards who knocked the ball around with ease. 

Leopards were 2-0 up in the 26th-minute from a Ndlovu thumping shot after being teed up by Mogakolodi Ngele. 

At this stage, Amavarara looked dead and buried and more goals were expected from Lidoda Duvha but they squandered too many chances in the final 19 minutes of the first-half.  

Amavarara had a better second half, especially soon after the restart as they made things difficult for Leopards to string passes together in the final third. 

Thabo Matlaba had a chance to make it 3-0 for Leopards soon after the hour-mark after going clear on goal on the left-hand side but the former Pirates man fired wide with only the goalkeeper to beat. 

Khakha Velaphi came close to reducing the deficit for Amavarara in the final 10 minutes but the attacker fired wide of the target. 

The final minutes of the game saw the visitors push forward but a few of their attempts went wide as Muleka was hardly tested throughout the game.