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Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards in Nedbank Cup Final

Posted: 28 May 2011 Time: 16:53

Orlando Pirates won the 2011 Nedbank Cup at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon, coming from behind to beat Black Leopards 3-1 thanks to goals from Isaac Chansa and a Thulasizwe Mbuyane brace.

It is the Buccaneers’ first triumph in South Africa’s FA Cup since 1996 and sees them complete a treble of trophies, having also won the League and MTN8 in the 2010/11 season. They are the first team to achieve this feat in the PSL era.

As for Leopards, they followed in the footsteps of Mpumalanga Black Aces (2008) and University of Pretoria (2009) as First Division teams who lost in the Nedbank Cup Final against top-flight opposition.

Pirates started the stronger and dominated the first 20 minutes. However, the only clear-cut chance in the first half came from a mistake by Leopards defender Simphiwe Vezi, who handed Bongani Ndulula a close-range opportunity that was well saved by goalkeeper Azwindini Maphaha.

After that Leopards seemed to grow in confidence and looked threatening on the counter-attack. Robert Ng’ambi was the dangerman, while midfielder Raymond Monama also proved a handful and he created the best chance of the first 45 minutes by gliding past two challenges before unselfishly feeding Ng’ambi, who failed to beat Senzo Meyiwa.

Nine minutes after the interval, Leopards stunned Bucs by taking the lead. Mongezi Bobe’s free-kick took a couple of deflections, the last off centre-back Rooi Mahamutsa, and found its way into the back of the net.

The goal stunned Pirates into life and they began to overrun Leopards’ midfield, who seemed to have exhausted themselves after their first-half efforts. An equaliser seemed inevitable and it arrived in the 72nd minute, with Isaac Chansa sweeping the ball home after good set-up play by Mbuyane.

Just three minutes later the turnaround was complete as Mbuyane put Pirates ahead for the first time., heading home from close range after reacting quickest to a looping Andile Jali cross that rebounded off the far post.

Mbuyane added a beautifully-taken goal to make it 3-1 in the 89th minute, thought not before Leopards’ day went from bad to worse when Kwena was shown a straight red card for dissent toward referee Harry Lekitlane.

Black Leopards (0) 1 (Mahamutsa og 54’) Orlando Pirates (0) 3 (Chansa 72’, Mbuyane 75’ 89’)

Leopards: (4-2-3-1) Maphaha; Kwena, Vezi, Mabusela, Tshabalala; Mabunda (Manaka 79’), Monama (Lungu 88’); Bobe, Ng’ambi, Masuku (Maake 82’); Ramagalela

Pirates: (4-2-3-1) Meyiwa; Jele, Johannes, Mahamutsa, Lekgwathi; Jali, Manyisa; Mbuyane, Chansa, Segolela (Ngobei 88’); Ndulula (Mayambela 62’)

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:00 pm
Inject them with more pains Buccaneer! Bolaya mpsa tse tsa natirena village! Up the Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 05:00 pm
whr r th chips stupid fans nw?bucs r the best
Anonymous
posted: 05:02 pm
tsipa tse ntsho tsipa - Kaizer leopard dead n buried !!
Anonymous
posted: 05:03 pm
Wat a season! Gud 2b a buccaneer, celebrations waya waya. Where r de haters? Askies shame.
Anonymous
posted: 05:05 pm
Up the bucs, I will never forget this season.
Anonymous
posted: 05:05 pm
History in making. 1st & the only team in SADC 2 champions league, only team in SADC 2 qualify 4 all cup final in one season & win 3 trophies! Kings & gind of Southern Africa! Bolaya Buccaneer!
Anonymous
posted: 05:06 pm
A well deserved win d champs hav done it again a superb performance, havin said dat some of d playin personnel shud make way 4 a quality,Cloete shud b shown d door hez far from bing Bucs material, Ngobeni shud make way he failed 2 set d scene alight, with d prospect of Mabizela cumin on board I don't c any 1 stopping us next season I must admit thou Chiefs will b a force ae b reckoned with next season simply bcoz they kept their coach 4 d sake of continuity.
Anonymous
posted: 05:07 pm
What a moment! What a team! What a season! The team everyone loves to hate has done it for the 1st time. Up the Bucs!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:09 pm
Congrts Mabhakajuju. Thina Makhosi amahle we'll try next season. This season was good for Jujuman, Jali nd Chansa. Congrts to Ruud Krol. Amakhosi we'll do well next time. Hav a good evening
Anonymous
posted: 05:10 pm
Vodacom challenge n Carling Cup are not in our plans,now we are going for the African Champions League
Anonymous
posted: 05:16 pm
Oh hail the kings of S.A football history was made today by the team that was deemed to be the chockers thank you Mr Krol may your contract be extended by another 3 years so the happy people will remain happy!
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
Sorry Loepards/smallanyana chiefs, u were up against the GREATEST team in africa, i mean the real one, not that fake from Naturena.
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
whr a the ''trend setters''

chissssa!pirates chissaa!
Now dats wat we col team of the season!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:19 pm
this is da real imoto ejonji imali - R26m in da bank - haai man Pirates ya rocka
Nzou
posted: 05:22 pm
I thot Black leopards wer robbed, how do u justify scoring when another team has got an injured player down, opposition does not mark u but alerts you that there is a player injured but u kick the ball towards the goal and u score
Anonymous
posted: 05:24 pm
I should admit that Pirates did well collecting 3 trophies in one season is the best performance. LEapard didn't give up easly , but hey this is sport one wins one loose
Anonymous
posted: 05:28 pm
Am @ da Cape Town Int Airport & am going to buy myself an OP replica jersey nw & rock it immediately...

I'm so ova da moon...

Thx Bhakajuju!!!!...
Anonymous
posted: 05:28 pm
...wait 4 it..1..2...3 Up da Bucs. Hardluck leopard
Anonymous
posted: 05:28 pm
if u persever in afflictions u stand to win the crown of champions...all Glory goes unto GOD...Romans 8:31 if god is for us who can be against us??? Halala mabhakaniya
Anonymous
posted: 05:32 pm
Phanuel:2011-05-28 17:22

I thot Black leopards wer robbed, how do u justify scoring when another team has got an injured player down, opposition does not mark u but alerts you that there is a player injured but u kick the ball towards the goal and u score
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Y did I nt hear u condemn Letsholonyane when he took a goal bound shot while a Sundowns defender ws lying down injured ryt in front of him? Yeye saw da 'Downs defender bt still went 4 goal...

Jealousy makes u nasty!...
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