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Telkom Knockout: Orlando Pirates vs Ajax Cape Town

Posted: 25 October 2014 Time: 19:38

Orlando Pirates cruised past Ajax Cape Town 4-1 in their Telkom Knockout quarter-final clash at a rain-soaked Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Goals from Happy Jele, Siyabonga Sangweni, Lehlohonolo Majoro and Oupa Manyisa saw the Sea Robbers sail to victory, with a Thabiso Nkoana penalty providing scant consolation for Ajax.

With the players playing in puddles of water and braving terrible conditions as the driving rain showed no sign of relenting, it was Pirates who took a 2-0 lead before the interval.

Jele put the Buccaneers 1-0 up on 34 minutes after heading the ball against Tashreeq Morris and into the back of the net from Khethokwakhe Masuku's corner. It was arguably an own-goal as the ball seemed to be heading wide before Morris' interception.

Sangweni doubled his side's lead on the stroke of half-time, towering home a free header, again from Masuku's corner-kick delivery from the right.

Vladimir Vermezovic's side made the result as good as safe right at the start of the second half as Majoro repaid the coach's faith in him with a fantastic goal. Jele's cross from the right found the striker at the near post, and he showed a composed first touch, turned and finished with his left foot to make it 3-0.

Eight minutes later Ajax were handed a lifeline when Thabo Qalinge's clumsy challenge on Abbubaker Mobara handed the visitors a penalty, which Nkoana slotted in off the right-hand upright, 3-1.

But Kermit Erasmus came on for Majoro and played his part in securing the result in the 76th minute after breaking from the halfway line on the counter-attack, cutting inside the defender and sliding it to Manyisa, who took one touch before stabbing the ball underneath Anssi Jaakkola to make it 4-1.

Ajax coach Roger de Sa went more direct towards the end of the second half with Nathan Paulse coming on to cause problems in the wet conditions, but Bucs held firm at the back without any major cause for concern.

The result sees Pirates join SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals, with Kaizer Chiefs taking on Platinum Stars in the last quarter-final on Sunday.

HOME: Orlando Pirates

Coach: Vladimir Vermezovic
Formation: four two three one

AWAY: Ajax Cape Town

Coach: Roger De Sa
Formation: four two three one

Livefyre comments on this story...

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-25 18:18:58

Too much water on the pitch, not sure this game will be completed.. Lol DSTV lost signal and SAbC still clear on their Analogue signal.. For once SABC comes top with their old technology

former buc_champ
posted: 2014-10-25 18:19:02

@Bongz # Bucs I hope you are right bhakaniya, i'm just happy no more nyauza. Jerrr that cow? Once and always bucs. 

posted: 2014-10-25 18:19:41

yerr this rain is going to ruin the match. .the whole pitch is slippery

football lover
posted: 2014-10-25 18:20:09

Think the weather will favor ajax.

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-10-25 18:21:19

Entlik what does Masuku, Manyisa and Ntshumayelo bring for Pirates?

posted: 2014-10-25 18:21:28

Ssp sucks tonight sabc ke bosso

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-25 18:22:24

Losses and draws

posted: 2014-10-25 18:22:31

this weather nxaaa

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-10-25 18:22:52

Oh! Thanx DD, I just switched to Sabc.

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-25 18:23:27

Ola Khosi, digital signal and rain don't go together

The original khosi
posted: 2014-10-25 18:26:48

why did FIFA burn the attending of fans to this game...nx,.....sorry did u say there's no ban? m waiting for Meyiwa to fumble as usual

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-10-25 18:26:51

Have they brought that towards the finals of ACL? Nedbank last season?

nthabiseng pretty
posted: 2014-10-25 18:27:16

I think vv should bring back tlou azoshukumisa amadoda ,nepirates iyaphaphama makuno tlou

Tolly (Bobby's dogs just bark to anything that mov
posted: 2014-10-25 18:27:45

Chiefs fans must switch off their tvs and sleep.

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-25 18:29:43

2013: ACL, MTN8, Telkom; 2014: MTN8 and Telkom today, all losses..

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-10-25 18:30:54

Hehehe, no ways. Did u see the rats who were running naked when swallows scored? What goes around...(finish up)

posted: 2014-10-25 18:30:57

TollybaThathe  You don't pay our TV licenses

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-10-25 18:31:39

With a weather like this, I foresee a Mahamutsa-conceded penalty!

football lover
posted: 2014-10-25 18:32:25

They must also understand loss of income don't go well with monthly subscription.

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-10-25 18:35:16

No ways! I've never seen a rat cry in a rain, I can't miss that opportunity!

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