At FNB STADIUM
Orlando Pirate (0) 2
Kaizer Chiefs (0)
ORLANDO Pirates booked themselves a place in the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup after they beat
Traditional arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 at the match played here on Saturday afternoon.
The match at the almost packed venue started on a high note with Chiefs showing signs on urgency as early as the 2nd minute with Simphiwe Tshabalala, Camaldine Abraw and Bernard Parker making some good moves towards Pirates’ goal-mouth, but only failed to break the strong defense of the mighty Buccaneers manned by the likes of Ayanda Gcaba, Edwin Gyimah and Ntshikelelo Nyauza.
A minute later it was Pirates’ turn with Tendai Ndoro outrunning a cluster of defenders but only to be denied by Chiefs goalie, Ryaad Pieterse who parried back his attempt back into play.
Piterese was also forced to save another Pirates’ goal attempt, and this time by denying Thabo Rakhale who had connected with a well cross from Ndoro in the 6th minute.
Chiefs came close to breaking ice in the 13th minute via Simphiwe Tshabalala via a free-kick with Pirates keeper, Brighton Mhlongo well beaten. This was after the middle-man, Zolile Mthetho had awarded Chiefs a free-kick after Luvuyo Memela had fouled George Maluleke.
As if that was not enough, the mighty Amakhosi went on to search for an early lead, but were only disappointed by Lucky Baloyi who outran defenders before shooting straight into Mhlongo’s hands in the 15th minute.
Pirates were however not bothered by Chiefs’s threats and they also had their moment, but Ndoro wasted a golden opportunity when he send wide with a bicycle kick a Memela’s cross with the move initiated by Mpho Makola in the 20th minute.
Morgan Gould save the day for Amakhosi when he blocked a Gift Motopa’s goal bound in the 35th minute.
Tshabalala watched in disbelieve as his sure-goal was fisted into a corner kick by Mhlongo with only eight minutes remaining before the second half.
The second half was a boring affair, and Pirates introduced Sifiso Myeni for Memela and Thabo Qalinge for Memela in the 70th minute with Chiefs bringing in William Twala for Maluleke in the 73rd minute.
Parker send wide after making some good moves with Tshabalala in the 74th minute.
Pirates broke the ice in the 75th minute through Ndoro who beat the offside trap before unleashing a powerful shot that beat the flying Piterese.
Chiefs were caught napping again when Ndoro brace himself, beating the off guard Pieterse with a powerful grounder in the 84th minute.
Chiefs introduced Sphelele Mthembu for Abraw in the 86th minute.
Kaizer Chiefs: Ryaad Pieterse, Kgotso Moleko, Eric Mathoho, Morgan Goud, Tsepo Masilela, Willard Kasande, Lucky Baloyi, George Maluleka (William Twala 73rd), Bernard Parker, Simphiwe Tshabalala and Camaldine Abraw (Sphelele Mthembu 86).
Orlando Pirates: Brighton Mhlongo, Ayanda Gcaba, Edwin Gymah, Ntshikelelo Nyauza (Happy Jele 82nd), Thabbo Matlaba (Captain), Issa Sarr, Luvuyo Memela (Thabo Qalinge 70), Thabo Rakhale, Mpho Makola, Gift Motopa (Sifiso Myeni 62) and Tendai Ndoro.