Pirates Eliminate Chiefs

Orlando Pirates Knocked Kaizer Chiefs out of the Nedbank Cup beating them in the Last 32 2-0 at FNB Stadium on Saturday.  Chiefs started the match attacking with a quick one-two between Lucky Baloyi, Siphiwe Tshabalala and Morgan Gould in the box but Brighton Mhlongo had it covered.  Reyaad Pieterse made a great save in the third minute following Tendai Ndoro’s shot on target from the far side of the box.

Thabo Rakhale shot over shortly afterwards, before Gift Motupa squandered the best chance of the half, somehow managing to miss the target from three yards out.  Amakhosi started working their way back into the area following the unmarked Camaldine Abraw failing to reach Tshabalala’s cross, before the striker failed to connect with Bernard Parker’s cutback on the half-hour mark.  Brighton Mhlongo then saved Tshabalala’s curling effort, before the Glamour Boys wasted their best effort of the half when Parker volleyed inches wide from the edge of the area 10 minutes before half-time.

Tshabalala missed a good chance shortly after the break when the ball got stuck under his feet inside the box, with another chance being wasted on 71 minutes when the Naturena club broke forward dominating on a three-on-two.  George Maluleka opted to go it alone and the Buccaneers dealt with it.

Parker then fired wide before the opening goal of the match coming in the 77th minute after Mpho Makola played a lovely chipped pass to Ndoro who fired into the back of the net.  Steve Komphela’s men would have levelled five minutes later when Tshabalala looked to fire home from close range, but for Thabo Qalinge’s brilliant tackle tracking back.  The hosts went up the other end and scored a second through Ndoro after his long-range shot slipped through Brilliant Khuzwayo’s fingers and into the back of the net.

The Zimbabwean almost made it three for both himself and the Sea Robbers but his curling effort on the turn missed by inches.  At the final whistle it was the Ghosts progressing to the Last 16 leaving their bitter rivals to scratch their heads and return to the drawing board.

Photo credit: Nick Lourens