Orlando Pirates marched their way into the semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout with a 4-1 thumping of Ajax Cape Town at a drenched Orlando Stadium on Saturday. The conditions were difficult for both teams as they failed to connect at least three passes together. The first meaningful chance of the game came in the 17th minute when Pirates forward Lehlohonolo Majoro’s shot went wide from close range.
Keagan Dolly’s long range shot almost put the visitors in front but was saved by Senzo Meyiwa. However, it was the Buccaneers who took the lead in the 33rd minute when Khethokwakhe Masuku’s corner found Happy Jele who rose highest to head home in the bottom corner. Meyiwa was once again called into action as Ajax came close to levelling matters with Dolly’s dangerously curled free kick but was tipped over the bar by the Bucs shot-stopper.
Vladimir Vermezovic’s side doubled their lead just seconds before half-time when Siyabonga Sangweni’s head struck home another Masuku corner and once again Ajax seemed helpless when it came to set-pieces. It did not take long for the Sea Robbers to continue their dominance as Majoro did well to turn with the defender and score the third. Ajax pulled one back in the 55th minute from the penalty spot after Thabo Qalinge brought down Abbubaker Mobara and Thabiso Nkoana converted.
The home side were not finished yet. Oupa Manyisa slotted the fourth goal past Annsi Jaakkola after some good work from substitute Kermit Erasmus. Vermezovic’s men now join Mamelodi Sundowns and Supersport United in the semi-finals while the fourth team will be decided when Kaizer Chiefs face Platinum Stars.