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Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates and Vusi Khumalo of Ethekwini Coastal

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Sangweni spares Orlando Pirates’ blushes in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 10 March 2012 Time: 22:19

Siyabonga Sangweni scored a late goal as Orlando Pirates advanced to the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over Ethekwini Coastal FC.

The competition’s defending champions were expected to cruise to a comfortable victory, but a brave performance from the fourth-tier hosts, particularly their goalkeeper Celi Ndwandwe who claimed the Man of the Match prize, meant the Buccaneers had to sweat to claim the win.

Pirates dominated the game from early on, but it was Ethekwini who almost took a lead inside the first 10 minutes, with midfielder Sihle Ndluli unlucky to see his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Thabo Matlaba after ghosting past Moeneeb Josephs.

From then on it was the Buccaneers who looked likely to find the back of the net, as they dominated the middle of the park and made effective use of their wide players, but Ndwandwe proved a difficult man to beat.

On 16 minutes he produced a great diving save to turn away a swerving long-range shot from Oupa Manyisa, and six minutes later he showed great reactions to keep out a Benni McCarthy header.

Pirates thought they had scored deep into injury time at the end of the first half when Manyisa saw a long range effort rebound off the crossbar, allowing Isaac Chansa to turn home the loose ball, but the Zambian midfielder was flagged offside.

Bucs kept up the pressure in the second half and almost broke the deadlock on 55 minutes when Ndwandwe parried a low effort from Dikgang Mabalane into the path of Thandani Ntshumayelo, but the midfielder put his effort off target.

On 73 minutes Ndwandwe came up with another excellent save, just about keeping out Tlou Segolela’s shot after Ethekwini had failed to clear their lines and allowed the Pirates winger a chance to get away an effort on goal from inside the penalty area.

10 minutes later McCarthy almost found a goal but his well-struck free kick flashed over the crossbar. By this stage Ethekwini were really struggling with players suffering from cramp and injuries as a result of the high tempo of the match.

Finally, on 86 minutes, Pirates found the back of the net. Defender Siyabonga Sangweni, who has become a real kingpin at set pieces since moving to the Buccaneers at the start of the season, headed home from a corner.

It was cruel on brave Ethekwini, but in truth they had offered little going forward and only a great defensive performance, especially from their goalkeeper, had kept them in the match up until conceding the late goal.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:24 pm

Football 101 is equivalent to amateur football! Nx!
posted: 10:27 pm
Pls Dr khoza fire this guy, we don't have a coach here.
posted: 10:28 pm
The coach was never at fault. Pirates Players need to be reduced their salaries. I put the blame on all of them. There was no sense of urgency at all.

We need more than that Bible to beat sundowns and kaiser chiefs.
posted: 10:29 pm
This team is not even playing ko 'Vodacom' league!
posted: 10:31 pm
posted: 10:33 pm
I'm starting to loose faith on our coach Julio Leal. The first substitution he made left me puzzled. How does he put another defensive midfielder instead of putting a striker right away. It looks like the guy is out of ideas. I'm also getting tired of this 1-0 score line. This is not the right coach for bucs.
posted: 10:34 pm
En u still harbour de ambition of defending de league and dis cup. Wake up from slumberland.

Khosi 4 lyf
posted: 10:35 pm
Pirates is too big for this pastor
posted: 10:35 pm
I must give credit to the young boys, they marketed themselves. If it wasn't for their unfitness, they would have made out just in time. They work well as a team. Better than some psl teams. Goalie, outstanding performance my boy. Cool calm and collected. You goingPlaces. Jali watch your temper my boy, it might cripple you. Good game, you have us a good run for our money.

Experience and fitness were winners of the day simple
posted: 10:35 pm
Gud perfomance by Ethekwini, like Bafana x 2, need to work on their attack.
posted: 10:35 pm
It took their top goal scorer 86 mins to nod a beauty home! This team is either tired or doesn't want to play under coach Leal! If the latter is true, then I give up! K4L
Treble Champ
posted: 10:36 pm
I'm worried because our coach is not serious. How can you play 5 midfielders against a team from the SAB League? What is it that you defending?
posted: 10:36 pm
posted: 10:44 pm
Win is win no nomeda wat,dat goal made a differans wada u lk it or not 1nc n always up da bucs I'm so gepii..........iii
posted: 10:44 pm
thanks god for the hard fought win against a yoyo team, even if i was expecting atleast 5 goals from my team of which the didnt but i know we have spare them for saturday to squeeze the hobbos in Soccer City.......
posted: 10:45 pm
They were luckey to score that goal...
The cows r on their way to a usual ten year drought...This is a team 4rm a SAB ligue...Ditonki tse banna!!
posted: 10:50 pm
The perception that being a big team gives you automatic win is real fallacy. I think people should really be realistic and stop being naive. If you really follow, played and understand the sport, one would know that football gives all players on the field the same opportunities to win. We need to commend the small team from KZN for making it look so easy. Whether Pirates won 100 to 0, the results would still be the same as they would still have to go into the same draw on Monday, so what is the fuss all about? Does anyone want to tell me that all the psl teams are pathetic after having conceded all trophies to Pirates or was the opponent tonight more organised,hungry and disiplined?

I still feel that Pirates has an opportunity to defend the title regardless of the score. At the end of the day no matter how much you grind in football as long as you keep winning, you keep the momentum. Well done to Ethekwini. Being emotional does cloud the mind.
posted: 10:54 pm
Orlando monkeys and their team deserve to be in the SAB lig....
Did you see a celebration from that Madala SANKHOI??
Swalllows 0- Wits 1
piejoke 1- Ethekhini Coastal 0....The score tells me that the first two teams compete in the sama division..
Again second two teams are as well compiton in the same division....
posted: 10:56 pm
can someone pls tell Mr Robert Marawa 2 call Leal 2 his show on Metro Monday'we want da coach 2 explain us Mbuyane was injured dats okay our Quation is why he replays him with Ntshumayelo while on da bench u have Klate,Tlou,Tukelo! Is his mind working okay or what ?he play with back 4 at da back in da middle he play with 3 diffencieve plus he introduce Ntshumayelo it make 8 defencieve players Mr Khoza dats enough he must leave now we can't afford 2 b like this Leal he coach Pirates pls let him leave now b 4 da Derby otherwise ?chiefs is going 2 finish us by a huge score I expect 4-5 goals 4rm Chiefs so we dont want dat let him Leave yearsteday or will pray 4 him 2 die or have a big exident will pray dat 4 him if he doesnt leave serious.
posted: 10:57 pm
Their coach did say yesterda they are coming to loose buyt 24-0 that was their goal
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