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Nedbank Cup last-32 match report Thanda Royal Zulu Orlando Pirates

Posted: 22 February 2014 Time: 13:26

Orlando Pirates advanced to the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup after dramatically edging NFD strugglers Thanda Royal Zulu 3-1 on penalties on Saturday afternoon.

The match was decided by spot kicks after 120 minutes of thrilling football produced a 3-3 stalemate at Umhlathuze Sports Complex.

Bucs, who were knocked out of the event by minnows Maluti FET College last year, were seemingly destined for a similar fate due to a fine first-half brace from Man of the Match Andile Fikizolo.

However, Ayanda Gcaba and Helder Pelembe both struck in the dying stages of regulation time to extend the battle.

Pirates substitute Kermit Erasmus looked to have netted the winner in the 109th minute but the hard-working Mhlengi Cele scored 11 minutes later to preserve the tie, albeit only briefly as Pirates won the shootout courtesy of successful penalties from Oupa Manyisa, Erasmus and Mpho Makola.  

Thanda made the ideal start to the game, as Fikizolo arrived late in the box to rattle in a first minute opener in Richards Bay.

The hosts bossed the opening stanza, and doubled their advantage in the 37th minute, when Fikizolo thundered home an unstoppable volley into the top corner from 30 yards out.

The shell-shocked Buccaneers showed greater intent after the interval, with Sifiso Myeni and Pelembe firing shots on goal without reward.

Pelembe then came agonisingly close to reducing the deficit in the 73rd minute, as his booming header off a right-wing cross brushed the top of the crossbar. 

Gcaba, who was lucky to escape a red card for an earlier foul, though offered some hope when he rose impressively to nod in a 90th minute goal. 

Pelembe then drew level four minutes later when he tapped in from close range after goalkeeper Siyabonga Mngoma flapped unsuccessfully at a cross.

Erasmus, a half-time replacement for Tlou Segolela, gave Pirates the lead for the first time with a crisp finish in the box in extra time, but Cele equalised at the death from inside the area.

The Sea Robbers, though, prevailed as they slotted all of their penalties, while Senzo Meyiwa saved one and Thanda twice struck the woodwork from the spot.

Thanda Royal Zulu: Mngoma, Sekete, Khanyile (Zitha 74’), Maselwa, Luthuli (Vilane 92’), Komane, Cele, Spandiel, Bhengu, Fikizolo (Mashishi 84’), Gumede.

Orlando Pirates: Meyiwa, Nyauza, Lekgwathi, Matlaba, Gcaba, Pelembe, Segolela (Erasmus 46’), Manyisa, Myeni, Klate (Malongoane 71’), Ntshumayelo (Makola 57’).

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-02-22 11:41:13

shaaaapaaa bucs shaaaapaaaa

posted: 2014-02-22 11:51:59

If u fail this bucs know that this is not your seoson.khosi i remain

posted: 2014-02-22 11:58:28

Can't wait to see the back of this De Sa clone, mxm.

posted: 2014-02-22 12:01:30

Pirates needs experienced and professional players, not tsostis.


posted: 2014-02-22 12:06:32

This is a cow.

posted: 2014-02-22 12:16:28

Dauda is cursed. Still playing my outright strikers. Pelembe is not an outright striker. Headless chicken. Sundowns & Chiefs are going to moer the hell out of these bunch of ordinary players!


posted: 2014-02-22 12:23:23

Pierats has just become an ordinary team indeed, i no longer get interested to watch this team really, they are playing rubbish and on top of that there is no leadership in this team, hence they have so many divisions in the team.

posted: 2014-02-22 12:26:50

Too ordinary... What is really happening mara?

Nothing exciting... From the first 11 to the bench

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-22 12:27:28

Nyawuza let's see.......having Meyiwa in the team just annoys me

posted: 2014-02-22 12:35:40

tjo....I am busy setting myself up on kickoff.... then,....wala ... (maloti memories come back to haunt us). 1 goal down in a minute. damn...ku ruff.

posted: 2014-02-22 12:38:43

nanku lo coach efaka o popey. unantoni u jele ?

posted: 2014-02-22 12:43:48

Majoro released from his contract. Does this mean Rats can use him?

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-02-22 12:44:40

Yes, the broke ones can get him for free now

posted: 2014-02-22 12:45:18

Where are the strikers here?

posted: 2014-02-22 12:47:02

I pity poor rats, kusazonyiwa e Gayfair. I foresee a big upset today in Richards Bay. Khosi I remain - My African Glory.

posted: 2014-02-22 12:51:13

Majoro released from his contract.. Pirates finally has one less thing in hand..a.player

posted: 2014-02-22 12:51:32

AlQaeda ... for real? ... if so, we really could use him. Desperation at Orlando.

posted: 2014-02-22 12:55:53

He's just gonna be another sphelele mthembu.....the hype and expectations will kill him

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-02-22 13:23:12

Pirates Pirates Pirates...VV should get rid of those clueless morons Tinkler nd Moloi. Meyiwa is nothing but embarrassment to the team but they call him their No1 keeper

posted: 2014-02-22 13:26:25

Bucs is 2-0 down lol kwaaaaaaaaaaaa what a strike from fikizolo.... Same as that of kekana

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