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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...

posted: 06:05 am
It ws alwyz goin 2 b a dificult game bt as usual we managed 2 pull through..im vry proud of my team...CHAMPIONS OF RSA
posted: 07:29 am
the less said about the Easter Egg team the better. To the Might Bucs followers its still one game of the Time and it doesnt end, Africa here we come. for those who still dont know , at Bucs we Conquer no Surrender
posted: 08:47 am

I want to send a strong message to all Orlando Pirates fans who are on Mbuyane's case.

Mbuyane is of our GALAXI and remain an important Galaxi. Some days will be bad some will be good, let us not cane our JUJU man because he has proven to be an assassin in important games.

The JUJU man has just come out of injury and Kroll is rushing him for fitness because he knows, we are going to need him.

The JUJU man, has restored our Pride against Sundowns and rescued us against Chiefs.

wether he is a cow or whatever, He remains one of my GALAXI's.
posted: 08:58 am
Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa,,,,,,ichuuuuuu ichuuuuu ichuuuuu wa nthungela,,,,

Operation Tsiping every game as it comes is still in full swing,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

Tsiping all the way to the promised land,,whenever,wherever,whoever,however and whtnot cos i CARE LESs
posted: 09:10 am
sorry makhosikazi this tyme anintshontshanga amacable,mabhakaniya sekusele kancane singene endumisweni
posted: 09:13 am

We need to start exposing Jele to leadership, the boy has the qualities of a captain, He dies for the Ship and plays with passion.

I so wish Jele could play next to Benson Mhlongo and Lucas Thwala to brush off the qualities of being a good captain.

Mabhakaniya we have a leader in Jele and we need to invest in him now
posted: 09:54 am
Bucs supporters niyangibulala ngensini ne creativity...

Sum1 has jts referred to Naturena as Natulawayo...

Dts a Lolest of da day...

Shapa Bucs...
posted: 10:01 am
Hey u Nazo wa teng,u smoke nyaope i can c.u need to make up u mind b4 u comment.u r just like an empty tin that can make noise for nothing.u dnt know who juju is.he is one of d pirates die hards.u r putting urself ti the xposure that u dnt know soccer at all.cnt u join those chips gays.that's the team u can enjoy.
posted: 10:18 am
hapy ppl were again made hapy by hapy
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