SuperSport United became the first team to book their spot in the final of the Telkom Knockout with a well-deserved 2-0 win over Soweto giants Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening. Slain Sea Robbers goalkeeper and captain Senzo Meyiwa’s absence was deeply felt at the back as it seemed there was no communication between keeper Brighton Mhlongo and the defenders. It was the Buccaneers who had the first scoring opportunity in the 18th minute when Sifiso Myeni released a million dollar pass to Tlou Segolela who sent his effort wide of the target.
However, it was the visitors who scored the first goal just two minutes after the Segolela miss. Lebogang Manyama pounced on a loose ball to fire into the roof of the net after some sloppy defending from a corner kick. SuperSport captain Clayton Daniels had a chance to double their lead but his header was driven wide.
Matsatsantsa eventually doubled their lead in the 35th minute when Thuso Phala teed up a low cross to Dove Wome who made no mistake by slotting home. Vladimir Vermezovic almost pulled one back just before half-time, as Khethokwakhe Masuku’s well curled shot was denied by the crossbar. Mhlongo pulled off a brilliant save in the 74th minute denying Manyama a brace from close range.
Manyama had another opportunity to make 3-0 after he did well to beat his marker but his effort just went few inches wide of the upright. Pirates, who seemed to be very low in confidence, could not keep up with Gordon Igesund’s charges who have been during very well since the arrival of the former Bafana Bafana boss.