By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
At FNB STADIUM, JOHANNESBURG
Attendance: 76 626
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0
Orlando Pirates (0) 0
Pirates won 4-3 on penalties
ORLANDO Pirates stunned rivals Kaizer Chiefs with a 4-3 victory on penalties to lift the inaugural Carling Black Label Cup in a fast flowing match played in front of an almost 77 000 capacity crowd at the FNB Stadium this afternoon.
This was Pirates’ second victory over Chiefs in a short space of less than two weeks after having beaten them 1-0 in the third match of the Vodacom Challenge played in Port Elizabeth’s Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
This match which was delayed for 30 minutes as fans were still making their way to the stadium at the started on a blistering paced with both side threatening to score an early goal with no success as their strikers were either shooting wide or straight into goalkeepers’ hands.
Although the first half started on a fast note, both “One Day Coaches” failed to motivate their strikers to see the back of the net during the regulated 90 minutes.
Thulasizwe Mbuyane was the first man to be in the books of middleman of the day, Victor Hlungwane after a bad tackle on Reneilwe Letsholonyane in the 34th minute. Initially Letsholonyane was not part of this match, but he earned his passage to the starting line-up when he was called to replaced the injured Mandla Masango in the eleventh hour.
Sthembiso Ngcobo and Abia Nale could have wrapped the match in Chiefs’ favour late in the first half, but it was not meant to be. This after Ngcobo shot wide with Pirates’ Moneeb Josephs well beaten in the 42nd minute before Nale’s goal-bound could be blocked into a corner kick by Rooi Mahamutsa in the 44th minute.
In the second half spectators were again treated to a number of more missed opportunities and a plenty substitutions rather than a real action.
Chiefs took the advantage of the competition to showcase their newly signed Bafana Bafana star, Bernad Parker who was introduced late in the match, but that did not have any effect to the proceedings of the match as the two sides struggled to score goals through to the last whistle when the match was decided through penalty shootouts.
Pirates’ penalties were scored by Oupa Manyisa, Happy Jele, Rooi Mahamutsa and Lucky Lekgwathi while Sameehg Doutie shot wide with Siphiwe Tshabalala, Parker and Gerald Sibeko scoring for Chiefs while Keagan Ritchie was denied by a crossbar with Itumeleng Khune shooting wide.
The two side return to action next weekend in the Quarterfinals of the MTN 8 with Pirates taking on Santos this coming Saturday at Orlando Stadium at 8.15pm while Chiefs welcome BidVest Wits at FNB Stadium on Sunday at 3pm
Kaizer Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Thomas Sweswe, Dominic Isaacs, Tlou Molekwane, Reneilwe Letsholonynane, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Abia Nale, Josta Dladla, Sthembiso Ncgobo and Lucky Khune.
Orlando Pirates: Moneeb Josephs, Happy Jele, Lucky Lekgwathi, Reuben Cloete, Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Mark Mayambela, Bongani Ndulula and Chiukepe Msowoya.