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Orlando Pirates advance to last four in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 25 April 2011 Time: 17:14

Orlando Pirates made the last four of the 2011 Nedbank Cup, beating Free State Stars 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Monday afternoon.

The Buccaneers played the last 30 minutes of the match with 10 men, as Senzo Meyiwa was sent off, but Happy Jele's goal early in the second half proved to be enough to hand them a victory over Ea Lla Koto.

Pirates join Black Leopards, Mpumalanga Black Aces and Baroka FC in the semi-finals.

Thulasizwe Mbuyane made a return from injury, however Bucs were without left-back Reuben Cloete.

Lucky Lekgwathi filled in on the left, but struggled and committed a few errors.

After a scrappy opening, Pirates came to life around the midway point of the first half.

Francis Chansa and Jele both tried their hand at long-range efforts that were easily saved by Kennedy Mweene, while Chiukepo Msowoya had a penalty appeal turned down by referee Victor Hlungwani.

Stars’ Noah Chivuta came close to breaking the deadlock in the 28th minute with a cheeky chip from long range that carried just over Senzo Meyiwa’s crossbar and brushed the top of the netting.

On 36 minutes Bucs created the best chance of the first half, with a ball over the top sending Thulasizwe Mbuyane free down the left of the penalty area.

But Mbuyane scuffed a low shot wide of the mark when a square pass for Chansa would have been a tap-in.

Just before the break Pirates twice tested Mweene through Msowoya and Mbuyane; the latter effort was a stinging turn-and-volley that forced the Ea Lla Koto goalie into an acrobatic save.

Bucs’ perseverance was rewarded nine minutes after the restart when Jele continued his great form by putting the hosts 1-0 up.

A 54th-minute Dikgang Mabalane corner-kick was cleared straight back to 'Terminator', whose second cross to the near post was glanced home by the unmarked Jele.

Pirates seemed to be in the driving seat, but just past the hour mark Noah Chivuta slipped through on goal and Meyiwa sprinted off his line, tripping him up just outside the penalty area.

Referee Hlungwani had no choice but to show a red card to the keeper, who had denied a clear goalscoring opportunity.

Bucs brought on third-choice goalkeeper Jacob Mokhasi, sacrificing Msowoya up-front.

The new man between the posts made a terrific last-gasp save in the 74th minute, somehow denying Madoda Motha when he looked certain to force the ball over the goal-line from close range.

Stars, with a man’s advantage, dominated possession in the latter stages, though it was Pirates, through the pace of Mabalane and substitute Tlou Segolela, that actually looked the likelier scorers.

Previous comments on this story...

Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:10 pm
we shud hv got that Baroka Fc 2 avenge our sons' pain,i hope they win n we meet in the final 2 show chimps how 2 bit yung boys.
Anonymous
posted: 07:12 pm
Gud luck gents keep it up.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:16 pm
@ Tzozo

I c u r back frm yo Retards Moronic foundation(RMF),brace yoself coz mo r stil 2 join yo foundation.its gud coz most phamacies r open 2moro 4 chimps' fans 2 get pain killers hahahahhahahhahahhahha
Anonymous
posted: 07:17 pm
some ppl r so obsessed with kaizer chiefs in an unbelieveable way. Instead of celebraring ur team's win instead u busy talking abt ma team. Let me set the record straight once and for all. Wat happened yday doesnt change anything abt ma team. Losing is part of the game be it against a big or a small team. We hav accepted the defeat like true sports man.
We r still the greatest team in SA weda u like or not. We ddnt win more dan 70 trophies in jst abt 40 years of our existence by any fluke. We may be down bt we nt out. KC is still gona dominate football in dis country for year to come. Khosi by choice yday, today and For life. #jst saying#
Anonymous
posted: 07:17 pm
i heard that many chiefs supporters are leaving their beloved club and as sundowns we don't need 'em.they just can't accept when things don't go right 4 'em.pirater don't need 'em either i suppose.
Anonymous
posted: 07:26 pm
Once happy people always happy people - Push Passion Mabhakabhaka
Anonymous
posted: 07:29 pm
A goal keeper getting a red card,,,,wow,,,,I see a lt of triubles coming in this team few remaining game!!!! Can they hang on?,,,,time will tell
Anonymous
posted: 07:55 pm
I hear cabbages smelling everywhere around me I think they were excpecting us to lOose as they did. Josheph will be ready for the next game mark my word. We need teamwork in the closing of this season. Let's all go to orlando stadium and support our team. Cabbages and clowns kiss our assess
The Ghost
posted: 08:19 pm
@ Tzozo ... you should be the last person talking about us having heartbreaks and crying buckets because that is what you are experiencing right now. So se wa tla ho nyela mo ... you are the one whose crying so thina we are marching to a treble, cry baby you!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:40 pm
Musa,can u tell me wher is Nahayawyaw nw? Cabbage strugled the 1st game he ws out. Swesweusweu is...ok shut up.
Anonymous
posted: 08:41 pm
We knw tht al Chips fans ar puting the hopes on wht hpnd a few yrz ago..wel thy nid 2 knw tht thngz hv changed..we goin 2 rule SA futbal
Anonymous
posted: 08:45 pm
To all Bucs faithfuls, supporters and fans we have not won the treble as yet. We stil hav a mountain to climp with 450 hours play which is 5 games on both Nedbank and league. We need 2 show 110% support and fill Orlando Stadium with black & white to full capacity. We wil be victorious at the end but without support it wil b difficult.
Anonymous
posted: 08:45 pm
ikaizer chips isiphenduke ukudla kwabantwana abancane ipurity,so we can cal them purity fc.ilv pirates though
Anonymous
posted: 09:01 pm
Thank Jacob Mokhasi,I think it was a blessing in disquise for Senzo to get a red card.I was becoming gatvol with him.I hope his season has come to an end.
Mokhasi looks the sort!
Shapa Bucs Shapa
Anonymous
posted: 09:10 pm
some said after the church saga, we will loose against, our game against FFStars, now all the cabbage family is heart broken! And we the happy people, happy as usual!
Anonymous
posted: 09:46 pm
@tzozo & enco - guys self pity will not help u in anyway - u r out of the nedbank n u will not win da leq & that's a fact
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 pm
@musa - u must leave enough room for dissappointment my broer bcoz bucs will b victorious come end of da season - we have nr 3 goalie and he is gud hey !! Pity da same cannot b said about ur nr 1 ntatemogolo itu khune!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:12 pm
Well hpy ppl.i ws hpy 2c combination of Jali n Manyisa rockin.we r proud of u boys.as for H Jele he is PSL player of te season.shapa buccs shapa
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
we gonna take them both as orlando pirates
Anonymous
posted: 11:07 pm
Hapy people once again thank krol u have showed vv coching taktiks this wik eractions thy mast thnk refs thy belong vodacom lig bucs4life until i hear letsholonyane stop mastabating
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