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Orlando Pirates beat Black Leopards in Nedbank Cup Final

Posted: 28 May 2011 Time: 16:53

Orlando Pirates won the 2011 Nedbank Cup at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday afternoon, coming from behind to beat Black Leopards 3-1 thanks to goals from Isaac Chansa and a Thulasizwe Mbuyane brace.

It is the Buccaneers’ first triumph in South Africa’s FA Cup since 1996 and sees them complete a treble of trophies, having also won the League and MTN8 in the 2010/11 season. They are the first team to achieve this feat in the PSL era.

As for Leopards, they followed in the footsteps of Mpumalanga Black Aces (2008) and University of Pretoria (2009) as First Division teams who lost in the Nedbank Cup Final against top-flight opposition.

Pirates started the stronger and dominated the first 20 minutes. However, the only clear-cut chance in the first half came from a mistake by Leopards defender Simphiwe Vezi, who handed Bongani Ndulula a close-range opportunity that was well saved by goalkeeper Azwindini Maphaha.

After that Leopards seemed to grow in confidence and looked threatening on the counter-attack. Robert Ng’ambi was the dangerman, while midfielder Raymond Monama also proved a handful and he created the best chance of the first 45 minutes by gliding past two challenges before unselfishly feeding Ng’ambi, who failed to beat Senzo Meyiwa.

Nine minutes after the interval, Leopards stunned Bucs by taking the lead. Mongezi Bobe’s free-kick took a couple of deflections, the last off centre-back Rooi Mahamutsa, and found its way into the back of the net.

The goal stunned Pirates into life and they began to overrun Leopards’ midfield, who seemed to have exhausted themselves after their first-half efforts. An equaliser seemed inevitable and it arrived in the 72nd minute, with Isaac Chansa sweeping the ball home after good set-up play by Mbuyane.

Just three minutes later the turnaround was complete as Mbuyane put Pirates ahead for the first time., heading home from close range after reacting quickest to a looping Andile Jali cross that rebounded off the far post.

Mbuyane added a beautifully-taken goal to make it 3-1 in the 89th minute, thought not before Leopards’ day went from bad to worse when Kwena was shown a straight red card for dissent toward referee Harry Lekitlane.

Black Leopards (0) 1 (Mahamutsa og 54’) Orlando Pirates (0) 3 (Chansa 72’, Mbuyane 75’ 89’)

Leopards: (4-2-3-1) Maphaha; Kwena, Vezi, Mabusela, Tshabalala; Mabunda (Manaka 79’), Monama (Lungu 88’); Bobe, Ng’ambi, Masuku (Maake 82’); Ramagalela

Pirates: (4-2-3-1) Meyiwa; Jele, Johannes, Mahamutsa, Lekgwathi; Jali, Manyisa; Mbuyane, Chansa, Segolela (Ngobei 88’); Ndulula (Mayambela 62’)

Previous comments on this story...

The Ghost
posted: 06:14 pm
HO MONATE FELA, I love you all Mabuccaneer, KING, TOTALFOOTBALL, BUCSELONA, BUCSDIVA, THOLLY.BA.THATE,SABELO,THAPELO,the list goes on and on thank you thank you all for being the great Buccaneers that you are ... UP THE BUCS!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 06:16 pm
By the way, where are the chiefs supporters ala donkey, all psl trophies ... le kae banna please show your faces so that we can rub this treble in it.
Anonymous
posted: 06:20 pm
Comedians of the season=Chips fans for celebrating when leopards scored...stupid asholes!
Anonymous
posted: 06:21 pm
I love Orlando Pirates the best team in Africa
The Ghost
posted: 06:23 pm
@ Juan Pablo, sorry I forgot to mention you among the great Buccaneer fans ... eish we are the best brother, the best!!!!!!!!!! Where are the makhosikazi? They were jumping for joy when Leopards scored that own goal. They should not have done that because that awoke a sleeping giant.
GAME OVA
posted: 06:25 pm
I am going to report Orlando Pirats to the police, this is too much now. Some have not recoverved from the pain of our league success. Anyway nizoba grand. To OPFC club I respect/salute you.
UP THE BUCS
Happy people till Kaizer Chiefs conquer Africa
GAME OVA
posted: 06:31 pm
Pirates Soccer league(PSL)
Fela
posted: 06:32 pm
We are the champions again, we achieved a sweet treble. Africa here we come, PSL championship will be defended against all odds. Inyama iyasha, lets braai and celebrate the whole night, whole week, whole month until the new season starts. On monday Bhakaniyas we will parade all 3 trophies through the streets of JHB and Soweto.

To Kaizer Chiefs please next season we need competition. Sundowns get yourself Gavin Hunt the Buccerneers need competition next season. Adios........
Anonymous
posted: 06:35 pm
Thank you mabhakaniya amahle,thank you The Ghost.we must salute our heroes,our players had worked so much this season to achieve this despite being mocked buy our enemies!all those supporters who showed great faith in Krol we thank you!thank you Dr Khoza,you were born a leader & you can truly be the president of this country.I endorse you!
Anonymous
posted: 06:38 pm
The celebrations continue tomorrow when Jali & krol makes a clean sweep at the PSL awards.
Fela
posted: 06:41 pm
I like the way this team play... you never know when they are going to score, they dont give up, they keep coming for more.

Others claim Leopards were robbed because the second was scored with a Leopard palyer on the floor. Disgusting comment indeed especially when it comes from a Kaizer Chiefs fan after they scored the same goal against Amazulu, anyway which rule in soccer that says kick the ball out when another player is injured? There is no such a rule.

Black Leopards players have some nerves, they were showboating after scoring that own goal then i just new PIRATES will win this one. Sorry guys Pirates soccer league is here....
Anonymous
posted: 06:43 pm
Guys our boys have honoured us & with have being knighted with the title of CHAMPION & why not use,
Imagine Champ King,Champ The Ghost,Champ Mriyo,Champ Juan Pablo,Champ Bucs Diva etc.we must provoke our enemies until the fat lady sings!
ThePirateofOrlando
posted: 06:52 pm
We have shown the character of Champions, the whole season!! We deserve what we have today!!! Please Dr Khoza and the management "keep the Dutch fellow", he's the roght man for the club!!
ThePirateofOrlando
posted: 06:58 pm
We have shown the best football in SA this season! Sorry to the "haters", i knw they wont stop hating lol
Anonymous
posted: 07:04 pm
Up da bucs
Anonymous
posted: 07:09 pm
we lv u 2 ghost thanx 4 da lv.chimpanzes wer celebrating bcos they thought we r lyk them who wer knok out by babies.
Anonymous
posted: 07:44 pm
juju diva what is askhulume fc ha ha ha ha ha.champ total futbal iget u
Anonymous
posted: 07:52 pm
@Zapiro...hate all u want loser but ur stupid team lost to ametuers and nw u think the only team in South africa to conquer Africa nd have a gold star on it jersey, the psl champions lead by the dutch philosopher can lose to 1st division...come on now u really thot Pirates can loose that match having killed Sunflops on our way to reach da finals...tel me that u r kidding ...hehehe
Anonymous
posted: 07:53 pm
Eish it's not nice to be a Pirate cos now I don't know how to celebrate without offernding some chips. Sorry but it's a FACT BUCS ROCKS!!!
poza
posted: 08:04 pm
awe mabuccaneer.haters,remember u almost scored against sundowns in da same situation?victory is sweet
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