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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 13:27:02

What a disgrace. Shame.

? Chief Tsonga ?
posted: 2014-02-22 13:28:17

When it rains it pours

posted: 2014-02-22 13:28:40

Galaxy of cows,hehehehe.....

posted: 2014-02-22 13:29:59

LOL but this is not funny anymore maan

posted: 2014-02-22 13:32:08

I don't like what other teams r doing to my neighbour. its really not funny anymore

posted: 2014-02-22 13:32:47

*Lazy laugh*

posted: 2014-02-22 13:37:45


Pirates no short on target after 50 minutes.

Stigaman we Khosi
posted: 2014-02-22 13:37:58

Fikizolo......remember the name.

posted: 2014-02-22 13:38:58

Stigaman we Khosi .... thy name shall be remembered - kuzekuse.

Just like the name - Hlompho Kekana

Stigaman we Khosi
posted: 2014-02-22 13:40:36

Meyiwa knows him very well.

posted: 2014-02-22 13:40:49

AlQaeda ... you've got a point, lapho.

Madrid-Dortmund-Manchester-Chiefs fan
posted: 2014-02-22 13:42:52

Its no longer funny but painful really.. Am now starting to feel for Orlando Pirates and still don't understand why meyiwa is said to their number one!!!!!

posted: 2014-02-22 13:43:06


posted: 2014-02-22 13:49:31

when God has given you something he has, this guy who scored against pirates is from my school. Coming from deep poverty, ghetto of eNanda ebhambay...we call him Carrots....dreams do come true. Im so happy for you boy.

posted: 2014-02-22 13:49:51

RDS destroyed Pirates. Killed their winning mentality. Now, they are an ordinary team. Shame.

posted: 2014-02-22 13:51:29

IT has never been my wish to celebrate my fellow brother down fall cus I know tomorrow its me so frm me finsl score 4-2 to Bucs chat after game

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 2014-02-22 13:52:10

Gcaba was suppose to be red carded, retaliation is not allowed in football. Referee was very soft in this one.

posted: 2014-02-22 13:54:23

La Coste (Khosi by Birth) ..... Thou shall spare a life. Can those that have a heart, at least be forgiving?

... kunzima kanje... you still want to kick a dead horse?

posted: 2014-02-22 13:54:35

Go padile ka Pie-rats

posted: 2014-02-22 13:54:49

I don't see Pirates scoring here. they look more like second division material than Thanda here. What a shame 

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