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Orlando Pirates beat Kaizer Chiefs to win the MTN8 Cup Final

Posted: 10 September 2011 Time: 22:41

Orlando Pirates retained their MTN8 title after defeating arch rivals Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 after extra time in the final at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

Oupa Manyisa was once again the hero for the Buccaneers, scoring early in the second half of extra time in a match that saw few goal scoring opportunities created.

Pirates have now won four of the last five trophies on offer and this victory over Amakhosi is their first over their arch rivals in a cup final since 1988.

Goal mouth action was pretty rare in the first half of regulation time, with the teams more or less cancelling each other out in the middle of the park. Chiefs’ Tinashe Nengomasha was perhaps the most prominent player, bossing the midfield battle against Andile Jali and Oupa Manyisa.

Yet a half in which a defensive midfielder is the best player tells its own story: fluent attacking play was hard to come by and neither team was able to create any meaningful chances.

Strikers Ndumiso Mabena and Lehlohonolo Majoro each had headed attempts in the first half for Pirates and Chiefs respectively, but neither troubled the goalkeepers.

The second half was far more entertaining and it was the Buccaneers who took charge of the game, dominating possession and forcing Chiefs onto the back foot.

Defender Siyabonga Sangweni had two free headers which he should have scored from – one he put over the target, and the other forced Itumeleng Khune into a fine save.

Amakhosi rarely threatened after the break, but substitute Sthembiso Ngcobo twice came close to breaking the deadlock, forcing Moeneeb Josephs into a good save with a low shot before glancing a header just wide of the near post.

As the clock ticked into injury time at the end of the regulation 90 minutes, controversy struck. Bongani Ndulula headed home what appeared to be a winner for Pirates, but referee Victor Hlungwani adjudged the young striker to have pushed Dominic Isaacs in the back – a decision that appeared harsh on television replays.

Extra time followed a similar pattern to the 90 minutes before, but finally, on 107 minutes, Pirates broke the deadlock. Oupa Manyisa – who scored a long range screamer in the second leg of the semifinal against Mamelodi Sundowns – again struck from long range.

The midfielder’s effort skidded off the turf and burst past the arms of Khune, who would have seen the ball late but still should have kept the shot out of his net.

The goal proved decisive, with Chiefs simply unable to summon enough reserves to bring themselves back into the game.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 11:32 pm
Nyenyenye Bafana attackerz against Bucs defence nyenyenye.IS DIS NUMBER 1 SA GOALKEEPER?AKAPHINDE PHELA UDLADLA UKTH WE ARE NEXT.ZEBRAZIM WIL NEVER BEAT ACEEE
viper
posted: 11:33 pm
PRIDE COMES BEFORE THE FALL...VV had nothing to say yet he opted to be arrogant and cocky...To the chiefs fans that are mature enough to congratulate us, I am proud of you guys.
Anonymous
posted: 11:33 pm
Eish Makhosi Chibuku beat us hands down. I should be going to bed with a sore heart but I'm not. Why ? Because we lost to a team that was far better than us . Congrats to Chibuku. You totally outplayed us. It looks lyk this is ur era. We at Amakhosi are now tired of winning cups. Enjoy it while it last. Makhosi leyks accept Chibuku were just better than us and fully deserve their win.
Anonymous
posted: 11:33 pm
We are champions,amakhosi they wont sleep vandag siyapeyta
Anonymous
posted: 11:34 pm
no pirates didnt beat chiefs bt khune.dnt eva col dat cow iniesta dnt eva.dats is cownyisa 4 sure.1nil,draw n won penalties n anada 1nil.so u thnk u r the best? no i dnt thnk so...
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 pm
It will take more than brown envelope to stop this mean machine.
viper
posted: 11:35 pm
The ref didn't want to end this game.
Anonymous
posted: 11:35 pm
Bolaya batho ba, bola ba swe. T$e ntsho 4 life.
Anonymous
posted: 11:36 pm
I am not sleeping tonight. If it means I must celebrate the entire night I will.
viper
posted: 11:37 pm
@ Le Roux do not bother man it's not worth it...do not abuse yourself just let it go.
Anonymous
posted: 11:38 pm
m wth u Tolly
Anonymous
posted: 11:40 pm
a nyile makhosikazi, feel da pain, dey talk too much, hehe hehe 3x3, bucs rocks
Anonymous
posted: 11:40 pm
Hahaha wara warawara rise manyisa rise hw cn khosi rise at nyt cz its tm 4ghost
viper
posted: 11:40 pm
NOw I am getting worried, what if this is a replay of last season to those who did not see how we won thw treble?

Sundowns is the main competition..Chiefs go to the Market or play those hungry young players..Lebese who might even be better than Serero. Lebese the solution Not Parker nor Shabba.
Anonymous
posted: 11:44 pm
bucs did well.majoro & parker not combining.
Anonymous
posted: 11:46 pm
Manyisa cnnt score a goal like dat kuKhune.
Anonymous
posted: 11:47 pm
Parker, Majoro, Nyawana and that Zim boy who replaced Nyawana nc nc nc cowza fc....
Anonymous
posted: 11:49 pm
Boabsteak is on his way to Bulawayo to look for a goalkeeper. Shapa!
Anonymous
posted: 11:49 pm
We don't win games on Media but, on da field. McCarthy wld be back next week & we wil eat zebras & chips again! Up the Bucs!
2pac
posted: 11:49 pm
vv vv vv u cost us a HUGE game again with your stupid mistakes I wish khoza was our chairman coz u would have been history ryt now go ask your vrend ruud krol uyinja maani ungu Satane mqgundu wakho hambo fa Satane
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