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Orlando Pirates win the 2011 Telkom Knockout

Posted: 10 December 2011 Time: 22:06

Orlando Pirates beat Bidvest Wits 3-1 to take the Telkom Knockout trophy in Durban on Saturday night.

In an entertaining match played at a rainy Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, Bucs secured the trophy for the first time thanks to goals from Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Daine Klate and Isaac Chansa. Sifiso Myeni scored the Clever Boys’ consolation.

It was Pirates Telkom Knockout victory; although they have appeared in seven League Cup finals over the years, and this is their first win in that competition.

Bucs are the first team in PSL history to hold every PSL-sanctioned trophy at the same time.

Pirates got off to the perfect start, opening the scoring in just the third minute.

Klate was the architect of the goal, turning inside Lehlohonolo Maselelsa before unselfishly squaring for Mbuyane to score one of the easiest goals he will ever notch up in his career.

After the goal, Bucs were more than prepared to sit back and try to catch their opponents on the counter attack.

They should have gone 2-0 ahead in the 11th minute, when Ndumiso Mabena latched onto a great pass from Benni McCarthy, rounded the goalkeeper, but in an atrocious miss hit wide of goal.

McCarthy was a troubling figure for the Wits defence, and just over 10 minutes before the break he stole the ball off Sboniso Gumede to be faced with only Energy Murambadoro to beat, but from a tight angle he skewed his shot wide of the far post.

Klate also had a good effort as the half wound down, cracking a well-hit shot that forced Murambadoro into a sharp save.

Wits, despite shading ball possession, were not able to create many chances. Their best effort came in the 43rd minute with Sifiso Vilakazi's glancing a header narrowly wide of the far post from Patrick Phungwayo’s cross.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first until 65 minutes, when Wits captain Sifiso Myeni brought his side level at 1-1, firing a low shot through Josephs' legs.

But just seven minutes later Klate put Pirates back on the path to victory, cutting inside from the right before crashing home a low left-footed shot that beat Murambadoro at his near post.

On 83 minutes Bucs wrapped up the win when substitute Tlou Segolela set up Chansa to make it 3-1 win a sweet finish from close range.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:56 pm
A big thanks to zebra fans. I must say without you zebriiiis ngabe asiwinanga, and this competition wouldnt be interesting.
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 pm
I knw Wits wil win all Telkom awards console by media.
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 pm
Pirates ERA in full force
Anonymous
posted: 10:56 pm
We just wanted to show them that we are also capable of scoring three goals. They got it in the league (mind you, it's a marathon) and we got it in the cup (it comes once).
Anonymous
posted: 10:57 pm
Kick off can we get some heads to heads please!!!
Kubhekjd
posted: 10:58 pm
We've Buccarised everything.Shapa Bhakabhaka
T\'blah
posted: 11:01 pm
Ram pam pam pam Ram pam pam paaam (singing). we have returned their 3-1 where are the haters. 4 major trophies in 2011
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:01 pm
Shapa Buccanneer! Shapaaaaaaaa..! Ryan Chapman has been turned to a real chapboy or chaplady today..! He talks too much..!
Anonymous
posted: 11:02 pm
@All the zebra fans:.Do you still say our treble was a lucky one or a fluke one?
Anonymous
posted: 11:02 pm
We are really are Happy People. Mr.Editor you can go and nurse your wound.Up the bucs for life.
Anonymous
posted: 11:04 pm
If the winner was decided by journalists, presentors and commentators Wits would b champions by now.
Anonymous
posted: 11:04 pm
Wat are u saying now dat ur favourate team has failled, Mr Editor pls check ur story before u write smthng skinking
Anonymous
posted: 11:04 pm
Nx zebra haters, some of these losers are askin what we'll get, why are football fans? Idiots Besides this is not a zebra platform especially haters, nx. Bucs till amagerdon
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:05 pm
Wat did ppl xpect anyways?Siyabonga bhakaniyas n finally we win a cup.
Anonymous
posted: 11:07 pm
Im 100% Proud 2 b a Buccania!
Anonymous
posted: 11:07 pm
Ths one is 4 da Haters...Kaizer Wits. We won bt still thy hv sumthn 2 say. Nw we r heading 4 da Lig!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:09 pm
chapman , mabizela nd myeni , tiyani ba wineni ?
Anonymous
posted: 11:09 pm
@All zebraz-Do you now understand why we signed Benni instead of Parcow?
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:09 pm
We realy know how 2 return the favour,same scoreline but we hurt them where it matters the most.Boys dnt win cups.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:09 pm
Re ja Joooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy...!!!
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