By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
COLLINS “Ntofontofo” Mbesuma guided Orlando Pirates to the quarter-finals of the Telkom Knockout when he struck twice as the mighty Buccaneers beat Black Leopards 2-0 on Saturday night.
The match at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane started on a poor note under the heavy down-pouring but improved with Pirates taking the game to the home side.
Mbesuma who is enjoying a good game time at the expense of the injured celebrated Pirates striker, Benni McCarthy scored as early as the fifth minutes before he could brace himself in the 80th minute of the match, much to the pleasure of the club’s die-hard fans who braved the chilly-cold weather to the venue.
Leopards who started the game with a disjointed defense department had their poor performance made even weaker when the key player, Djunga Jean Muganga was shown an early marching orders whistle-man, Daniel Bennet while he had still a lot to do for the Limopopo side.
Pirates who are the defending champions of this competition have since joined SuperSport United, Free State Stars and BidVest Wits in the quarter-finals of the competition.
Meanwhile SuperSport United advanced to the quarter-finals stage of this tournament after their 4-3 penalty shoot- out victory over Ajax Cape Town. This after their match in Cape Town’s Athlone Stadium finished in a 1-1 draw after the regulated time.
At the Harry Gwala Stadium in KwaZulu-Natal, Maritzburg United beat Moroka Swallows 4-3 on penalties after their match ended goalless draw after 120 minutes.
Elsewhere Free State Stars beat the visiting Golden Arrows 3-1 to proceed to the quarter-finals with BidVest Wits having surprise Kaizer Chiefs with a 3-2 victory at the BidVest Stadium in Jozi on Friday night.
The last 16 round of the competition continued tomorrow with rookies, Chippa United welcoming Bloemfontein Celtic at Phillipi Stadium with AmaZulu entertaining Platinum Stars at the Sugar Ray Stadium.