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Tottenham Hotspur beat Orlando Pirates at Ellis Park

Posted: 23 July 2011 Time: 16:55

Tottenham Hotspur are the 2011 Vodacom Challenge champions after beating Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the Final at Coca-Cola Park on Saturday afternoon.

It was a repeat of the 2007 scoreline between the same sides, though Bucs will feel they deserved better, especially in the first half.

Pirates were by far the more enterprising team in the first 45 minutes and would have felt hard done by trailing at the break.

They had the first chance on 11 minutes – Andile Jali bursting through midfield and playing in Tlou Segolela, but Heurelho Gomes came up trumps in the one-on-one situation. From the resultant corner, Thulasizwe Mbuyane steered his free header wide.

Five minutes later and Spurs should have scored when Benoit Assou-Ekotto put in a perfect cross from the left towards Peter Crouch, but he ballooned his shot from eight yards out over the crossbar.

Rafael van der Vaart gave a preview of what’s to come on 21 minutes when his deflected free-kick drifted just wide, but immediately afterwards Bucs again had a glorious chance to score – Mbuyane heading wide when unmarked from six yards out after more excellent work by Segolela.

‘Sox’ was causing havoc with his pace and on 30 minutes he again set up a great chance, only for Bongani Ndulula shoots over from 12 yards out.

Five minutes later and you couldn’t but get a sense of déjà vu – Spurs again getting a dangerous free-kick against Pirates, and Van der Vaart again beating Meyiwa, just as he did at Mbombela Stadium.

Bucs had a good chance just before the break to level matters when Segolela again weaved his magic, but again Ndulula failed to capitalize.

It took Spurs just seven second half minutes to find their second goal, and again the scorer was Van der Vaart, who beat the offside trap and then Meyiwa at the second attempt.

It took Bucs a while to find their feet after that, and only on 70 minutes did they again threaten Gomes’ goal, but the Brazilian got down well to save Segolela’s shot.

Substitute Gareth Bale had a goal chalked off with his very first touch, and the Welsh winger second touch almost played him in again, but for some good work from Meyiwa.

Pirates should have drawn level with 10 minutes to go when referee Kaoma Wellington awarded them a penalty for handball in the area, but Segolela put his effort against the upright – a massive shame considering how good he had been all day.

Rudolf Bester stung Gomes’ palms with a rasping drive and Lucas Thwala headed wide from a corner, but it was Spurs who got the last goal – Jermain Defoe netting with three minutes remaining from Bale’s pinpoint cross.

Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Lucky Lekgwathi (Rooi Mahamutsa 63), Siyabonga Sangweni (Rob yn Johannes 63), Reuben Cloete (Lucas Thwala 69), Thulasize Mbuyane (Sameegh Doutie 46), Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali (Clifford Ngobeni 80), Daine Klate (Rudolf Bester 63), Tlou Segolela (Ndumiso Mabena 87), Bongani Ndulula (Mark Mayambela 62)

Tottenham Hotspur: Huerelho Gomes, Kyle Walker (Alan Hutton 46), Sebastien Bassong, Bongani Khumalo, Benoit Assou-Ekotto, Aaron Lennon (Roman Pavlyuchenko 60), Luka Modric (Gareth Bale 70), Tom Huddlestone (Winston Palacios 46), Steven Pienaar (Niko Kranjcar 46), Rafael van der Vaart, Peter Crouch (Jermain Defoe 46)

Ryan Cooper

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 05:54 pm
Mayambela 4 lyf... once and always...
posted: 05:58 pm
Lightning strike twice in same place,Wt r de Brazillians doing @ pierats?Senzo ws beaten in de same spot jst like last week.It is still fact dt Khune is de 1 keeper in SA en dnt neet brasilian trainer to be perfect.
posted: 05:59 pm
Hard luck Mabhakaniya. You lost to a better team.
I wonder if Mayambela's way of playing is what the Pirates meant by saying he "will allow players freedom to express themselves." If that's the case, I'm afraid that's NOT GOOD FOR THE TEAM. His inclusion did more harm than good to Pirates.
Hats off to Oupa Manyisa - WHAT A PLAYER?

Khosi4Life by Nature.
posted: 06:02 pm
Finally some Evil Zebra Retards have found their voices afta being SILENT for 3 days afta w wiped their tiny behinds,,,,,,,,,

Overall w had a gud pre season tournament n i think if the Leal is clever he knws which players to use for the PSL campaign,,,,,,,,But guys this Mayambela is not bucs material n he proved tht on this tournament,,,,as for Jali/Manyisa combination is out of this world,,,,,

Am a Terrible Treble Tsiping Champ for live n no Zebra will take tht frm me.

posted: 06:09 pm
Ja wat u Chiefs fans all u can do is criticise nd speak about what ur team is about but ur team failed to beat Bucs in this tournament this time around period now u wanna make small talk of good players nd a great team like Orlando Pirates Shame on u that is y u will remain fans instead of supporters maybe u cannot even play soccer urselves but u wanna talk soccer
posted: 06:15 pm
pierats were chasing shadows, even their hotentot mic the penalty mhhh. U were playing nonsense.
The Ghost
posted: 06:21 pm
makhosikazi, why weren't you playing in the final instead? Oh I forgot you got whipped!!!
posted: 06:27 pm
The Donkies have let the cup go out of the country. If it was Chiefs the cup wud've remained in the country.
The Ghost
posted: 06:28 pm
... after all Pirates lost to an English premiership team NOT Baroka X1!!!
The Ghost
posted: 06:29 pm
@ sputladinyo ...so why didn't you play in the finals then?
posted: 06:32 pm
at least there will be peace and quiet for seven days, on sat we'll make it permanent peace. Khosi!!!
posted: 06:42 pm
The Donkies r truly smaller. They failed 2 fill the stadium with help from some Chiefs fans. Next year they must b removed nd Celtic take the place of this underperforming Donkies.
posted: 06:52 pm
Makhosikazi are so excited. we wipe deir ass hole last
posted: 07:03 pm
Shame this team called Piecity is unreliable, hw cn thy allow spurs to beat them like that. Indeed this overrated so is their players. As usual nifile yinduku. Khosi 4 lyf.
posted: 07:16 pm
mark mayambela! The ever wasteful mayambela! The guy shoulld be loaned out to baroka! Haai no
Bofolla Safety Belt Reja Joy Makhosi
posted: 07:19 pm
Phone ringing.......................

Krol picks up......

Mabena: Papa Krol ke khopela o bowe ra swa moo...
Rubyzol: Ze Pink shirt. Dom forget ze pink shirt

Floyd interrupts the call and give mabena a tounge lashing............

Floyd: Wena sane uya spita. Who gave u the right to call guy?
Mabena: Maar bra flo wa bona ra jewa moes.
Floyd: Kuya fana sane. Na lo Krol sa mxosha besidlisa nga maZebra.
Mabena: Dae man o tshwere nhlanhla yethu. Hae lo Layla.
Floyd: Sane this i'm going to tell you is between us neh?
Mabena: Sure bra flo. Waitsi ke tla tjhuna elke ding for skeem.
Floyd: We got Gordon on standby even on speed dial.
Mabena: Ae o berekile bra flo.

Treble champs that tremble.
posted: 07:20 pm
Well played Mabhakaniya, we really used dis tournament very well & whipped Zebra Force as.sess in da process...

Come Sat wt happened last Thurs will repeat itself!...

Tsipa!... Ichuuu!...

Bhakaniya 4 lyf
posted: 07:23 pm
Fatigue took its toll & we were tired after so much traveling. Spurs pack da bus & were so defensive. We had clear cut chances b4 1st half but we did not convert. Mayambela must be loaned 2 celtic, Mbuyane wil again be our hero and doutie must start da game. We played very well and once again up the Bucs!
PSL awards a joke
posted: 07:37 pm
People this was a practice march no nid to make noise about it. Pie-Rats played good footbal but they still have the same problem as last year, No stricker to conver chances! The stage seem bigger for Ndulula alone maybe with time. As for Mayembela ysterday u were sending praises about his perfomance today its a different story. Give a guy a break. Spurs seems to hev learnt something from Chiefs-Pie-Rats game as you can see they were using long ball just like chiefs
posted: 08:51 pm
Well done Spurs
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