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Posted: 20 October 2012 Time: 19:51

Defending Telkom Knockout champions Orlando Pirates moved into the quarterfinals of the competition on Saturday following a 2-0 win over Black Leopards at Peter Mokaba Stadium.

The Buccaneers defeated Lidoda Duvha at this same stage of the TKO last year, and history repeated itself thanks to a brace from Zambian marksman Collins Mbesuma.

Pirates debutant Lehlogonolo Masalesa immediately showed his class, creating the opening goal in the sixth minute with a great cross from the right that was headed home by Mbesuma.

The striker had a good chance to double Pirates’ advantage when he turned inside the Leopards penalty area and shot on goal, but Posnett Omony made a comfortable save.

Just past the half hour-mark Omony again denied Mbesuma after some slick build-up play, while at the other end Ramagalela almost caught Moeneeb Josephs napping with a long-range effort that sailed just over the crossbar.

By this stage the home side had begun to get a foothold in the game, but on 39 minutes they were reduced to 10 men when left-back Thulani Ntshingila received his second booking.

Mbesuma continued to look threatening in the second half and should have racked up a second goal on 57 minutes when Patrick Phungwayo provided an excellent cross from an overlapping run, but the Zambian headed over from close range.

Josephs was little more than a spectator once Leopards had been reduced to 10 men, but on 77 minutes he was forced into an excellent save, tipping over a long-range effort from Mongezi Bobe.

Mbesuma hit the outside of the post on 79 minutes, but his search for an elusive second goal ended just a minute later.

Omony gave away possession in a dangerous area, Ndumiso Mabena provided a low cross, and Mbesuma finished easily with a low shot to finally put the result beyond doubt.

Previous comments on this story...

Njabzah Zuma (4-OPFC)
posted: 07:53 pm
nemat1posted: 12:03 pm  |  Report
yeah we were beaten fair and square... but ours is the league and Nedbank. LOL , hope to see this team in the last 8 Free state, Celtic, Swallows, Tuks, Leopards, Ajax and plat stars

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Keep on dreaming.

Up the Bucs
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 07:54 pm
HAHAHA, I want to discuss two players here. Firstly Mbesuma, they were calling him all sorts of names and making jokes about him, but just like BBM17 he proved everyone wrong and is now banging them in 4 in 2matches and he’s looking fitter and fitter. Secondly, Lehlohonolo Masalesa, the Zebras were saying that his career was over and that he was gonna be a benchwarmer all season, but WOW what a game, he’s a real gem, talk about depth.

Operation DTC to TTC
Since 1937
Anti-Zebra
posted: 07:55 pm
First of all, let me offer my condolences to the zebras who died at yesterday at the Bidvist Vets.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 07:56 pm
Now looking forward to the 3-points ATM Amazulu next week.
Njabzah Zuma (4-OPFC)
posted: 07:56 pm
One game at the time. Let's disappoint all the haters.

Cups are not won by wishes but by good performance.

Shapa BUCS Shapa.
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 07:57 pm
THIS TEAM REALLY KNOWS HOW TO HURT THESE POOR ANIMALS... WHAT WILL BE THEIR (ZEBRAS) NEXT SLOGAN NOW? IT'S REALLY A PITY.
LET'S HEAR THEM ZEBRAS EMBARRASSING THEMSELVES AS USUAL. THEY REALLY NEVER GET TIRED OF THIS. THIS IS NOTHING, MORE PAIN STILL TO COME. SINCE 1937
CAF Rule 14.1
posted: 07:58 pm

BUCS I REMAIN
CJB Ramses III
posted: 07:59 pm
Which other team can still prevail without World-Class player not even on the bench...?
Azania
posted: 08:00 pm
We are claiming the glory. Not reclaiming the glory!
A star is rising from the horizon.

UP THE BUCS
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:01 pm
Mbesuma bemlandela Mbesuma bemlandela...*singing* I told ppl that Mbesuma knows the net and that he wil succeed at Pirates.
Chester missing
posted: 08:02 pm
A lot of chimpanzees were saying Roger is not a good coach. But the way he won this match indicates how tactical Roger is. Next game i think Roger should use Mayambela instead of Klate. Segolela can be a substitute for tactical reasons.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:02 pm
Masalesa....whatva player.
xakekile.com
posted: 08:02 pm
WELLDONE BOYS THANK YOU BOYS UP THE BUCS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:03 pm
Jali is the boss of the midfield...let mongala talk now...
Mosixty
posted: 08:03 pm
Despite playing(Leopards) against all the odds u still show professionalism. I wonder how does it feel to be a fan of team that has been pushed to the finals for the past 2 seasons. Ill listen on the radio
Mbuyiswa
posted: 08:03 pm
M a Downz surporter bt wana congradulate Pirate 4 marchng on.Dey wer playing wt character in all anglez & i waz impressed by Masalesa's stytle of playing.He z cul & relax on d bal no matter what.T waz a great game guyz.
Hangwanie@gmail.com
posted: 08:04 pm
Well done Mbesuma for putting a smile to some. Continue to save them please. We at Khosi never doubts your ability, we know how much you can do. We knew that you gonna be the messiah at Pirates, got worshipers....lol.

Khosi for life
Lacoste_AM-A-Khosi
posted: 08:04 pm
Congratulations to School Shoes FC (Buccaneers)
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:05 pm
At times we had 99% of the ball, talking about Barcelona of South Africa
Anti-Zebra
posted: 08:05 pm
This evening I saw Moeneeb Josephs sipping cappuccino as the yellow leopards failed to come within 45 meters of him. They were forced to shoot from the half way line. My defense is solid.

In the middle of park I was solid as well with the Lion King, Ace and Vierra who is the man of the match. Ball possession was dominated by the Champs as usual.

Perhaps my biggest problem tonight was with Klate and Myeni. They didn't impress me at all...from first to last minute. If they came into the game, we could've beaten these cats by a larger margin. I won't comment on our set pieces. I have no words to describe them.

We are through to the next round as expected.

Up the defending Champs
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