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Sangweni spares Orlando Pirates’ blushes in Nedbank Cup

Posted: 10 March 2012 Time: 22:19

Siyabonga Sangweni scored a late goal as Orlando Pirates advanced to the Last 16 of the Nedbank Cup with a narrow 1-0 win over Ethekwini Coastal FC.

The competition’s defending champions were expected to cruise to a comfortable victory, but a brave performance from the fourth-tier hosts, particularly their goalkeeper Celi Ndwandwe who claimed the Man of the Match prize, meant the Buccaneers had to sweat to claim the win.

Pirates dominated the game from early on, but it was Ethekwini who almost took a lead inside the first 10 minutes, with midfielder Sihle Ndluli unlucky to see his goal-bound effort cleared off the line by Thabo Matlaba after ghosting past Moeneeb Josephs.

From then on it was the Buccaneers who looked likely to find the back of the net, as they dominated the middle of the park and made effective use of their wide players, but Ndwandwe proved a difficult man to beat.

On 16 minutes he produced a great diving save to turn away a swerving long-range shot from Oupa Manyisa, and six minutes later he showed great reactions to keep out a Benni McCarthy header.

Pirates thought they had scored deep into injury time at the end of the first half when Manyisa saw a long range effort rebound off the crossbar, allowing Isaac Chansa to turn home the loose ball, but the Zambian midfielder was flagged offside.

Bucs kept up the pressure in the second half and almost broke the deadlock on 55 minutes when Ndwandwe parried a low effort from Dikgang Mabalane into the path of Thandani Ntshumayelo, but the midfielder put his effort off target.

On 73 minutes Ndwandwe came up with another excellent save, just about keeping out Tlou Segolela’s shot after Ethekwini had failed to clear their lines and allowed the Pirates winger a chance to get away an effort on goal from inside the penalty area.

10 minutes later McCarthy almost found a goal but his well-struck free kick flashed over the crossbar. By this stage Ethekwini were really struggling with players suffering from cramp and injuries as a result of the high tempo of the match.

Finally, on 86 minutes, Pirates found the back of the net. Defender Siyabonga Sangweni, who has become a real kingpin at set pieces since moving to the Buccaneers at the start of the season, headed home from a corner.

It was cruel on brave Ethekwini, but in truth they had offered little going forward and only a great defensive performance, especially from their goalkeeper, had kept them in the match up until conceding the late goal.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:58 pm
Kodwa le ndoda isenzani nje ngempela? 4-5-1 ayikho le nto bo ayihambe le ndoda, wayeboneni yena uKhoza kulento le. Nami ngincono kakhulu kunalomuntu. Any uP the Bucs up until we defend our cups. Nina abanye sodibana e- eFNB
posted: 10:58 pm
When this coach took over from Krol he promised us good football meaning when Pirates win they must win with a style kuphi khona? I wish Dr Khoza must bring back Ruud Krol and Farouk Khan as an assistant coach.We appreciate a win but......................
posted: 10:58 pm
we won,who care abt da scoreline?if dunusa dnt win da nedbank cup,who wil brag 24-0 against Paralysed FC? FACT:DURBAN ROCKS.
posted: 11:01 pm
@president :2012-03-10 22:35

thats the spirit my Champ i hope all the jujus can keep it cool like u. I know we have to critize but sometimes we tend to go with our emotions and end using unhealthy words agaist our own coach of which is not ayoba............
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:02 pm
We really dont have a coach,how do u play wit so many midfielders n expect 2 win?i thot wen Juju got injured,the moron Leal wil introduce a winger like Klate or striker like Rantie.Fack this Leal thing is nt a coach.
Tibos [Khosi-FOUR-Life]
posted: 11:06 pm
we all agree win z no matter how now it z, bt we fans talk 2mch as if 1 team z beta thn the other the fact SA football sucks even those who calld galaxy of stars they bcome galaxy of cows. SA football lacks passion, pride an continuity tht z manifested at our national team.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:06 pm
@ president

Jali,Manyisa,Chansa n Ntshumayelo play similar positions n same type of futbal,how do we attack when 98% of the team is defensive minded?i blame the coach period
posted: 11:11 pm
Ungreatful fans, leave the coach alone.How long did it take Krol to get silver wear? This guy has not even finished a year, he made a lot of signings that he still want to see show casing thier abilities..He can do whatever he wants as long as he is still winning.
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 11:13 pm
We are taken for a ride here, this fong kong coach is definitely a Brazilian from China, fake .He cannot build from previous games, so STUPID.

Only early this week he was saying he cannot start with Bennie because he is not in the right shape to be on a starting lineup then he starts with him today but creates a very big space between the midfield and Bennie. I mean we all know that the combination between Rantie and Bennie has yielded results in the past, why change it, only Leal can't see that.

The only way to solve this selection problem is to institute a similar investigation that led to the suspension of Owen DG, maybe some players are paying to be on a starting lineup.

Something tells me Mbuyane came to this game with an injury but ya, he had to take the space of an injury free player.

The first substitution, shocking. Quite honest, all three players that were substituted were not worthy of a starting lineup.

It was not enough that he humiliated us in the ACL, he wants to do the same locally. Lets be honest, we may progress to the next stage but those minors won today and we lost. People will remember that creche from nowhere that gave us problems not our victory. Our rivals will forever remind us of our struggle which nearly ended like the Baroka saga.

Mr Chairman must please fire this idiot before we do it ourselve.
posted: 11:19 pm
a win its a win but not impressed with da pefmence, mr leal will fail pirates, how ca he play jali + manyisa + chansa + ntshumaelo at da same time were as we had sox n klate on da bench, dis man is cluelessss
posted: 11:22 pm
You are speaking out of envy for other teams, you wanted to boast about the score line which was not to be.
Manyisa our so called Inesta was given a role to be influencial and he didn't. We are calling ourselves Barcelona of South Africa, Barcelona is playing with midfielders. So there was nothing rong for playing them but they just showed they do not have the class we claim they have.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:24 pm
This coach just relies on a startin line up,we did not introduce new players like others but yet we play sum facked up futbal.i wud undstand if we hd given a run 4 our fringe players bt WTF is wrong wit this Brazilian thing.
This is n example that there was definetly a pronlem btwn players n coach,look hw many seniour players started even when most of them shud hv been benched.Leal ws just tryin 2 win those players over.
posted: 11:28 pm
Asernal is also playing with one striker, with one Natural winger Walcot, thats what the coach did with Mabalane. These brainless midfielfers kept on kicking high balls instead of using thier ability of being ball players. Keep possesion and pass accurately.

Coaches always take blows for mediocre players, players who under perform and under utilise football brains.
posted: 11:32 pm
dis is a cup game so 24 - 0 or 1 - 0 are da same, dere is no goal differnt we are all going to da last 16
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:34 pm
@ viper: 2012-03-10 23:22

U must undtsnd that Barca has a system they play not a startin lineup like us where players just go into field confused.Leal just has a startin 11 bt not a tactical team.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 11:42 pm
@ viper: 2012-03-10 23:28

How many defensive midfielders r used at Asenal or even at Barca?Again u mention Asenal who hv a system that they practise n implememnt on match day.Can u seriusly tel me wat leal's tactics r?
posted: 11:48 pm
ts funny tt d ethekwini coach cmplains abt pirates nt takin out da ball 4 fair play,how many times wr dy suposd 2,persnaly i wld b anoyd wt d stop nd start match we wld witnes as a result,big ups 2 ethekwini nonetheless
posted: 11:55 pm
leal flair must stay kikiki. Let him utilise all his defensive midfielders at 1nce n where is dat talotalou guy?
Chester missing
posted: 12:45 am
Pirates fans, how many games has this couch played and win or draw since the beginning of the second round of the league? Do you realise the momentum this couch has built? I think its time to shut the f**ck up and count on the wins that this couch is registering..
posted: 01:07 am
w.t.f 1-0 but when we won 3-1 the bhaka bhaka morons were on our case sies man yr team is a gaaaaaat arggggg
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