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Tottenham Hotspur beat Orlando Pirates at Ellis Park

Posted: 23 July 2011 Time: 16:55

Tottenham Hotspur are the 2011 Vodacom Challenge champions after beating Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the Final at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a repeat of the 2007 scoreline between the same sides, though Bucs will feel they deserved better, especially in the first half.

Pirates were by far the more enterprising team in the first 45 minutes and would have felt hard done by trailing at the break.

They had the first chance on 11 minutes – Andile Jali bursting through midfield and playing in Tlou Segolela, but Heurelho Gomes came up trumps in the one-on-one situation. From the resultant corner, Thulasizwe Mbuyane steered his free header wide.

Five minutes later and Spurs should have scored when Benoit Assou-Ekotto put in a perfect cross from the left towards Peter Crouch, but he ballooned his shot from eight yards out over the crossbar.

Rafael van der Vaart gave a preview of what’s to come on 21 minutes when his deflected free-kick drifted just wide, but immediately afterwards Bucs again had a glorious chance to score – Mbuyane heading wide when unmarked from six yards out after more excellent work by Segolela.

‘Sox’ was causing havoc with his pace and on 30 minutes he again set up a great chance, only for Bongani Ndulula shoots over from 12 yards out.

Five minutes later and you couldn’t but get a sense of déjà vu – Spurs again getting a dangerous free-kick against Pirates, and Van der Vaart again beating Meyiwa, just as he did at Mbombela Stadium.

Bucs had a good chance just before the break to level matters when Segolela again weaved his magic, but again Ndulula failed to capitalize.

It took Spurs just seven second half minutes to find their second goal, and again the scorer was Van der Vaart, who beat the offside trap and then Meyiwa at the second attempt.

It took Bucs a while to find their feet after that, and only on 70 minutes did they again threaten Gomes’ goal, but the Brazilian got down well to save Segolela’s shot.

Substitute Gareth Bale had a goal chalked off with his very first touch, and the Welsh winger second touch almost played him in again, but for some good work from Meyiwa.

Pirates should have drawn level with 10 minutes to go when referee Kaoma Wellington awarded them a penalty for handball in the area, but Segolela put his effort against the upright – a massive shame considering how good he had been all day.

Rudolf Bester stung Gomes’ palms with a rasping drive and Lucas Thwala headed wide from a corner, but it was Spurs who got the last goal – Jermain Defoe netting with three minutes remaining from Bale’s pinpoint cross.

Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Lucky Lekgwathi (Rooi Mahamutsa 63), Siyabonga Sangweni (Rob yn Johannes 63), Reuben Cloete (Lucas Thwala 69), Thulasize Mbuyane (Sameegh Doutie 46), Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali (Clifford Ngobeni 80), Daine Klate (Rudolf Bester 63), Tlou Segolela (Ndumiso Mabena 87), Bongani Ndulula (Mark Mayambela 62)

Tottenham Hotspur: Huerelho Gomes, Kyle Walker (Alan Hutton 46), Sebastien Bassong, Bongani Khumalo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon (Roman Pavlyuchenko 60), Luka Modric (Gareth Bale 70), Tom Huddlestone (Winston Palacios 46), Steven Pienaar (Niko Kranjcar 46), Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Crouch (Jermain Defoe 46)

Ryan Cooper

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:05 pm
"the forever wastefull mark mayambela" this man is not for bucs...... period. once and always a bucaneer
Anonymous
posted: 05:06 pm
History repeats its self. Sorry bucks beta luck nxt tym
Anonymous
posted: 05:06 pm
What a whiping yoo,did I c thwala,the man went into hiding since Dos santos torture.
Anonymous
posted: 05:08 pm
we are going to have a peaceful nite, no wonder its quite, no vuvuzela, its like a cricket day hance that 3 runs. Kikiki, overated ndulula. 'i wl score against chiefs' where was nsimbi? Senzo 4 bafana no 1
Anonymous
posted: 05:08 pm
South African "champs" hammered 3-0 by Spurs who came no 5 in the EPL.
Hangwanie
posted: 05:09 pm
Pirates supporters talks too much. Heheheheh we won tripple, tripple is what you got today. Counting the chicks before they hatch. All I can say is that Kids will always be kids, fans must start believing that Pirates is not big.

Khosi for life
Anonymous
posted: 05:09 pm
mark mayambela my foot. Lucas thwala its over man u dont fit anymore were is mxoyana. Mark mayambela u r an a.s.s bt maybe it was traveling btwn 3 provinces in 5 days. Bester u r slow my boys bt mayambela u r nt a gud traveller
Hangwanie
posted: 05:10 pm
Pirates disappointed us they should be taken off the vodacom cup, we need a very competitive team, yes lek....hahahahhahahh
Anonymous
posted: 05:10 pm
Pie City ke masepa fela. Yooooooo Ndulula is a cow. Mayambela plays street soccer.
Nipsy
posted: 05:11 pm
I am happy the Donkies can see now that there is a huge difference between big teams and smaller-nyana teams.
Anonymous
posted: 05:14 pm
What a disgrace 2 SA. If Vodacom can guarantee Spurs to play is the finals can't they do the same with the Amakhosi, the only Mzansi team with a gud record against English teams.that will alos guarantee a capacity crowd.
Nipsy
posted: 05:16 pm
They got a victory on Wednessday only to console themselves about 3 by 3 they got from big teams last season (Chiefs and Ajax) today they got another 3 by 3. Hai 3 by 3 FC madoda, where is Sugarbrand and Fong-KONG they have been making too much noise during the week.
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
Mayambela belongs 2 vodacom league... as a substitute! Period!
Anonymous
posted: 05:17 pm
Chibuku are just a kak outfit. Hehehehehehe...this Mayambela guy must just consider a career in six a side futbal. By the way chibuku fans lyk telling us that Shabba is one-legged. How abt this clown Mayambela ? I c he is gud with both feet.
Anonymous
posted: 05:19 pm
Just watched da game yes in da end Spurs won convincingly, hweva I would lyk 2 differ sharply with comments frm Cebo Manyapelo wen he said "SA's don't know soccer dey just lyk futbal". He alluded 2 2 dose who blived our tims can hold deir own against epl tims. Persnly I blive Bucs played extremely well though da tim failed 2 convert sum clear cut chances.

Bucs wil stil b among strong contenders for da championship. As for critics lyk Cebo one wonders if its nt ignited by 2 much expectations for our league. Ours is stil developing on da same breath epl is full of quality imports in terms of players. Having said dat I'm proud of KC nd Bucs display against Spurs. Up da Bucs! Check da same Cebo singing Bucs praises during da Absa Premier lig season.

Anonymous
posted: 05:19 pm
the difference between the two was one took their chances and one didn't, but Pirates had a good game against full strength Spurs and i must say, SABC commentators continue to be critical of Pirates!!!! How long will such biast commentery contiune?
Anonymous
posted: 05:19 pm
nywe! nywe! nywe! kuphi la. What a quite evening we will have.
Anonymous
posted: 05:20 pm
Only one Soweto giant can kill England teams. Again Pirates, you will never be like Khosi.
Anonymous
posted: 05:21 pm
Where was Ndulula he promised to score goals but he was nowhere to be cn. As for Mayambela the guy is a stokvel league material.
Anonymous
posted: 05:22 pm
I am so proud of our Pirates and Chiefs. The football they displayed this week shows that they are on the right track. Pirates have been a marvel to watch and I believe are going to be unstoppable this season if they continue in the same vein.

I dobelieve that this Tournament is Structurally "UNFAIR". You cannot have local teams play "2 midweek games" and expect them to "perform in the FINAL" against a EPL team. Its a joke and it hurts our football brand.

Pirate were tired, and you can see it. Tottenham were poor, and have no chance of being in the Top 4 to qualify for the Champions League this Premiership season.

On another note, how bad is Mark Mayambela? I could have counted on my 1 hand how many passes were successful. He only has 1 leg, and the other is asleep. He refuses to improve himself, and will continue to be a bit part player at Pirates this season. The fans patience at times really wore thin with him today.
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