Kaizer Chiefs are the Telkom Knockout Cup champions
Posted: 4 December 2010 Time: 22:14
Sthembiso Ngcobo was the hero as Kaizer Chiefs hammered Orlando Pirates 3-0 to win the Telkom Knockout on Saturday night at the FNB Stadium.
The former Free State Stars marksman warned sent an early warning to the jittery Pirates defence. It was as early as the second minute when Ngcobo broke free wide on the right and crossed and Bucs' sloppy defence allowed Josta Dladla space in the box to shoot, but his mistimed attempt went past the upright.
However, in the 11th minute Ngcobo was back in the picture and this time Bucs' defence was punished.
Moeneeb Josephs received a sloppy back pass from Robyn Johannes and dilly-dallied before trying to clear while slipping and the ball fell to Ngcobo on the edge of the box and the latter drew first blood with a low shot to put Amakhosi 1-0 ahead.
The error prone Bucs defence again almost gifted Amakhosi a second in the 27th minute, when Rooi Mahamutsa attempted to dribble in the box and lost possession, but Chiefs couldn't capitalize. To compound Pirates' woes Mahamutsa was booked for a foul on Knowledge Musona in Chiefs' own half, which infuriated the Bucs fans.
There was some hope for Bucs, though, when Happy Jele's powerful header appeared to beat Itumeleng Khune in the 38th minute, but ‘Spiderkid' produced an acrobatic save to deny Pirates. Josta Dladla, who was instrumental for Chiefs, showed he could match Jele's header on the stroke of halftime, but he too saw his attempt hit the roof of the net ending the first half 1-0 to Chiefs.
Siphiwe Tshabalala picked up where Chiefs left off when his shot in the 50th minute, from the left, was blocked by Jele for a corner.
Krol then gave in to Bucs fans' call for substitutions when he brought in Katlego Mashego in the 56th minute for an ineffectual Ezenwa Otorogu, who was up against the brilliant Chiefs defence, manned by Valery Nahayo, who was excellent and four minutes later Tlou Segolela entered the fray and Andile Jali was out.
Unsurprisingly, the Amakhosi fans were delighted with Krol's decision, perhaps a hint Krol had made the wrong move.
In the 64th minute Ngcobo justified his team's supporters mocking of Krol when his header beat Josephs from a Punch Masenamela cross and there was no way back for the Buccaneers.
Siphiwe Tshabalala hammered the final nail into Bucs' coffin smashing a shot from the left and the 91 727 fans, mostly draped in Chiefs colours, were up on their feet as they saluted their team's emphatic win.