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Posted: 8 October 2013 Time: 19:12

Orlando Pirates set up a Telkom Knockout quarter-final date with Golden Arrows after beating Mpumalanga Black Aces 3-1 on Tuesday night.

In a riveting tie, Lennox Bacela bagged a brace, to go with a strike from Oupa Manyisa, while Mabhuti Khenyeza netted for Aces at Mbombela Stadium.

The hosts showed early signs that they came into the game ready to show their stuff, but a quick one-two counter attack between Manyisa and Daine Klate saw Bucs threaten with just two minutes on the clock.

Khenyeza responded with two threatening plays minutes later when he nearly turned in his header off a corner-kick at the near post, before firing a bullet from range which skipped wide of Senzo Meyiwa’s goal.

It was end-to-end stuff on the park and both the teams continued to prove dangerous on the break with some exciting goalmouth action unraveling in a matter of just three minutes.

In the 14th minute Bacela tested Bafana Nhlapo with a powerful low drive which the goalkeeper did well to push out for a corner, before Thabo Qalinge nearly stole the match-opener with his ferocious shot which rattled the crossbar just a minute later.

At the other end of the park, Nhlapo pulled off another miraculous save to deny Klate at the near post, when he did well to twist his body and curl the ball off the line.

Then in the 24th minute Khenyeza beat Siyabonga Sangweni for the ball before rushing into the box and towards goal.

The striker was, however, stopped in his tracks as Thabo Matlaba made a crucial interception to snatch the ball at his feet. 

Unfortunately for Sangweni he had to be stretchered off and replaced by Ayanda Gcaba for what was later confirmed as a snapped Achilles tendon. 

The injury didn’t seem to affect Pirates as they soon opened their account on the stroke of the half hour. Bacela turned the ball into the back of the net with a glancing header at the near post thanks to Happy Jele’s brilliantly worked cross near the corner flag, 1-0.

Klate, who scored off a set piece in the first-leg of the MTN8 semi-final against Kaizer Chiefs, nearly made it 2-0 with a stunning free-kick which whiskered just wide of the far post.

Eduardo Ferreira was the next player to be substituted through injury as he was replaced by Thabang Rooi with just four minutes to go to the break. 

But that wasn’t the last action of the half as Khenyeza had the last laugh when he tapped home Qalinge’s cross in the fourth minute of extra time to head into the break at 1-1. 

At the restart, Bucs started their dominance early and Matlaba really should have scored Pirates’ second goal when he beat his man in the 58th minute before directing his effort disappointingly wide with an open target at his mercy.

Roger de Sa’s men continued to push for the advantage when Tlou Segolela was denied by the woodwork in the 68th minute with his volley at the near post.

Aces did well to absorb the pressure, but as the game looked destined for extra time, Klate supplied a ball to Bacela in the box and he made no error in drilling in a low shot to make it 2-1 with five minutes to play.

Manyisa put the final nail in the coffin when he calmly beat Nhlapo with literally the final touch of the game when he found a good angle to hit a hard and low shot into the back of the net in the fifth minute of stoppage time.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2013-10-08 18:31:22

Gcaba won pirates a game in DRC wen lekgwati was red carded

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2013-10-08 18:34:04

Ttlou is irritatin really .........aces left back is dead......maybe Ngoma can do better. ..Tlou can't trap the ball, poor crosses, wrong decision making. Only one good ball from him to manyisa.

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2013-10-08 18:35:09

Eish these injuries.....I hate them.

posted: 2013-10-08 18:35:33

Final score Aces 3-1 pirates de defence is suspicious

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2013-10-08 18:35:57

Now we only have one sub to make

posted: 2013-10-08 18:36:35

Hayi mani! Nabo zinkomo, both have just came back from long injuries and again both Sangweni and Ntsumayelo are injured again.

mphathi we Bucs
posted: 2013-10-08 18:37:00

We play good football. I pray that we score first in the second half. God willing we should win this game easily. 

Treble champ "Superbrand"
posted: 2013-10-08 18:37:24

Its going to b a difficult game to win.......now we really need Lucky.....ug he was here would not b worried

Mthinayi Bugs Killer
posted: 2013-10-08 18:37:54

It seems as if Bugs will need Bennett to finish of Aces. They can't do it by themselves.

Apostle Peter
posted: 2013-10-08 18:38:59

Orlando PieRATs is one Big Joke and its for SALE! Brought back Ngoma to do what? Bench him? Mxm that boy is a germ and betta than Gabuza and Mologoane combined! The less said about Gcaba the betta. Thank you!

Idiots hater
posted: 2013-10-08 18:40:39

Wish u can recover soon Sangweni so as 4 u 2 b match fit when playing against Esperance.

posted: 2013-10-08 18:48:48

Gcaba, waaai, rds test match man

posted: 2013-10-08 18:52:02

Mabhudi may score as many goals as he can, I will still not be scared of him...As for Mayambela, ngim'saba ngingamazi...I am scared he is going to destroy us.

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2013-10-08 18:54:55

Hahahaha Bafana Nhlapo, what a joke of a keeper, honestly Clive Barker can't expect to win this match with such amateurish defending.

posted: 2013-10-08 18:57:11

Apostle Peter ...hehehe, if only you were a pirate, I'd have no shame in agreeing with you. But still, I just asked myself  that same question. It beats me how the coach's approach, plan and tactics work. I love this team, but roger makes me hate it. kodwa angeke alunge.

posted: 2013-10-08 18:58:20

Jali has rubbish.attitude

posted: 2013-10-08 18:58:29

Lefa khosi a disgrace is selling 600 tickets for your home game,now dts a disgrace

posted: 2013-10-08 19:03:04

I am scared...mayambela. He's gonna get our boys have yellow cards.

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2013-10-08 19:05:33

It's confirmed, Aces will be relegated this season. This team is playing street football, you'd swear we are watching Danone Cup mxm

posted: 2013-10-08 19:05:51


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