Orlando Pirates secured a Nedbank Cup quarter-final berth after seeing off Santos 2-0 in Cape Town on Friday. As the representatives of the Absa Premiership in this tie, Pirates went into the contest as favourites and went on to defeat their National First Division rivals, on their own turf. The Buccaneers made history as it had been eight years since they last defeated The People’s Team in the Mother City.
Being the higher ranked team, it was only natural that the Sea Robbers would be dictating play from the onset with winger Tlou Segolela causing nightmares for the Santos defence. Towards the 30 minute mark, the visitors were awarded a penalty as Santos defender Sachi Dawood brought down Segolela. Lennox Bacela was clinical with his spot kick, beating Pa Bemba Touray.
A brief intermission was welcomed by Santos who may have gone into half-time wondering how they had not scored in 45 minutes but as in the first, the second half started off with Vladimir Vermezovic’s side controlling the ball and making their opponents do all the running around. Rooi Mamamutsa was on hand to connect with a corner kick hot off of the boots of Mpho Makola as the Soweto Giants extended their led in the 65th minute.
Santos keeper Touray nearly handed Orlando Pirates a third goal in the 74th minute. The 33-year old spilled the ball, but he was fortunate as his defence managed to clear the ball before the visiting attackers could pounce on it.
Much to the dislike of the home fans, the home team squandered an opportunity to score a consolation goal when Bucs captain, Lucky Lekgwathi handled the ball in the box. The resulting penalty produced a fine stop by Ghost goalie Senzo Meyiwa from David Radebe’s spot kick to ensure a 2-0 win for the Gauteng club.