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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 13:56:59

Azania .... nje.

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 2014-02-22 13:57:21

No longer Galaxy of stars they group of PIGS by dragging Pirates name in the mud. No shots on target the whole game.

posted: 2014-02-22 13:58:57

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)  Don't call people by pigs they are human beings bro. 

Stigaman we Khosi
posted: 2014-02-22 13:59:11

Yhhhho!!! Guys, did you see what that Thanda left back did to Mazinyo Myeni??? Shooooo

posted: 2014-02-22 13:59:28

La Coste (Khosi by Birth) Why question shots on goals when they do not play strikers? They have no winning mentality. Finish and klaar. Bunch of no-committed players. Management must just review their contracts. Useless players. RDS saw that and left.

Now everyone can see!


posted: 2014-02-22 13:59:56

I think every Nedbank Cup game....we must look to hiring Johan Neeskens. better win against these ameteurs with 24 goals than loose with this horrible humiliation.

posted: 2014-02-22 14:02:45

Anyone heard of that prostitute called " Maminizela" lately or her Pimp called "King"?

posted: 2014-02-22 14:03:41

Hope ppl know that soccer game is 90+minutes so don't go wild with your dreams. stay calm and watch game but dont forget beer and biltong with peanuts

ibhola iround
posted: 2014-02-22 14:04:40

Oh madoda pie rats iz falling apart 45mins without short on target against NFD team u can't blv this against signdowns they afford only one shot on target the whole 96 mins from little "napoleon" the name of kermit yhooooo usizi lubhalwe kwizipoki

posted: 2014-02-22 14:06:20

packpage ... mina, uma iBhakaniya lingenza nje, ngivele ngizizwe ubufefe kuphela. That's the only thing that keeps me sane especially izinto xa sezinje.

posted: 2014-02-22 14:07:32

Heyi madoda kumnyama ebusweni benkawu, kazi kwakhala nyonini. AMANZI AMNYAMA phela lawa. The ship is sinking, where is the Toothless? Khosi I Remain.

posted: 2014-02-22 14:08:07

Then they say, they want to beat the mighty Downs next game, shame!! Keep dreaming rats!!

posted: 2014-02-22 14:08:11

Comrade relax soccer is something you will be surprised watch and stay calm

deleted_31440430_KC Philosopher
posted: 2014-02-22 14:11:12

  Hope Baxter and Bobby are watching, I would really like to see this Mhlengi boy or whoever he is da one dat helped set up da 1st goal and took Matlaba to the cleaners... He's very good.

posted: 2014-02-22 14:13:41

I know most of you here are not mafikizolo on soccer and I would like to remaind you of Liverpool and Ac Milan Champions league final with Milan leading 3-0 half time but Liverpool winning it with penalties at the end .swear at me if you want and I will smile but just stay calm and watch

posted: 2014-02-22 14:15:07

Teams' performances are described as either consistent or inconsistent.

Chiefs = consistent.

Sundowns = inconsistent.

my team - iBhakaniya lamaBhakaniya = consistently inconsistent.

seng'shilo. ... & am out.

posted: 2014-02-22 14:17:22

come on guys so are you vela writing Bucs obituary now? really? isn't that 2 early? well I know you guys know soccer but at this stage I dont know if I must follow you or not I am lost

posted: 2014-02-22 14:17:34

SencoPation Lol sushilo bhakaniya

posted: 2014-02-22 14:20:28

packpage .... no, angikaphumi....Yini, ngathi unendaba mfo kaPackage? usho kanje ng'bona elokubika ngase khaya eOrlando.

posted: 2014-02-22 14:21:31

Pirates is a team made up of Gangsters (Tsotsis). They need proffessionals, who plays elite football like Mashamaite and like. I wont be surprised if all pirates players are drinking and not married.



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