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Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates and Vusi Khumalo of Ethekwini Coastal

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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...

The Ghost
posted: 03:04 am
Guys, remember too that this is a team that was psyched knowing that they were going to play the champs, and their philosophy was DEFEND WITH YOUR LIVES ... remember too that a certain team was brought down to their knees not once, but twice in this same competition.
posted: 05:05 am
The 10 years dry run has begin, this team is useless!!
posted: 05:33 am
Guyz is win is a win.Wat matters most is we thru to the next round we're boys and pretenders wil b separated frm men and winners .That's was our stronger line up remember football is 11vs 11 dis team was ther to defend only it was nt an open game .Let's support our team up the Bucs chokers will choke on the way Bucs will cruise thru
posted: 06:34 am
yah neh, this is the same team that was dreaming to conquer africa! what a joke!
posted: 06:34 am
wer do u get this coach Khoza?
posted: 06:36 am
pirates standard has dropped drastically.....No lida
posted: 06:59 am
In cup games u give it ur all just 2 survive till d penalties where its any1's game, so guys d skul boys were all packed @ d back lyk Libolo in Angola did hoping they can survive d hole 120 min such dat if u notice slim kat hat little 2 do
posted: 07:23 am
Lucky BUGGERS...
posted: 07:27 am
Nizonya Makakaniya ndini, nijulukiswa abafana besikole
posted: 07:34 am
hahahahahahaahaahahahaah.......it luks lyk the Rats are struggling to recover from Libololization.
posted: 07:36 am
Shame. I thought PieRats only win 1-O against PSL teams now this. Galaxy of Cows...
posted: 07:36 am
dlala bucs dlala i can c they dnt wnt us in the nxt round coz they r afraid all haters jst pray its nt u i get in the nxt round bucs 4 lyf
posted: 07:40 am
Mjeyb,da last ting u wana do is 2 show us ur stupidity,there is no smal team anymor, recently liverpool went 2 xtra tym playin against "minnows" bt no 1 said s.hit abt it,whl adaz hav bn losing 2 underdogs sinc 2009, so there's nothing 2 b ashamed abt.
posted: 07:52 am
Credit must be given to Coach Shezi and his boys them played well, as for PYrats hothata bannaaaaaaaaa.
posted: 07:57 am
Wow!it's dat time of the season where bucs win their matches on the last minutes of the game i smell trouble for all the psl teams particularly the rama boyz(glomour boys)leal what has klate done to u?
posted: 07:58 am
If Ethekwini Goalkeeper says he wanna play for Bucs I would give him a chance unlike some drunkard who disclosed his undying love wish to play for the emotionally struggling Zebra Force....
Ethekwini gave us a game worth watching not the deciving 24nil rubbish and people start thing they going to win a league double.
posted: 08:01 am
Where does this yhing called Jolio Cow Leal come from?
posted: 08:18 am
Thups up up for Ethekweni,but Leal seems to be getting confuse each and every game he is in charge of at the Sea Robbers.The toothless one has shot himself in the foot by appointing this Brazilian.
posted: 08:32 am
Weldone Bafana basethekwini for making Pirates sweat for their narrow win. Keep it up Bafana abancane baka Nathi Maphumulo
posted: 08:42 am
Im very much corncened about most coments from the Champs.They miss the crucial point if they simple say the coach must go.They must say the COACHES must go.While Leal is clueless and as useless as an ashtray on a motobike,Tebogo Moloi is as bad as that also.He has a very bad influence on players.So whoever comes must never find Tebogo anywhere close to the bench,be it reserve or what.He dosnt have the team's interest at heart.He only wants to feel that he is in charge.Both of them must go.
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