Pirates eye record cup run

Telkom Knockout

The Buccaneers are getting back to business following Senzo Meyiwa’s death – their last was in this very same competition two weeks ago at a rain-drenched Orlando when they hammered Ajax Cape Town 4-1.

Pirates have been to four of the last eight finals since Telkom became the financers of the PSL’s knockout competition.

And since reaching last year’s MTN8 Final, Bucs have been to the deciding match of every knockout competition they have played – the 2013 CAF Champions League Final, the 2013 Telkom KnockOut Final, the 2014 Nedbank Cup Final, 2014 MTN8 Final and are now one step away from reaching the final of the latest edition of the league cup.

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Six cup finals in a row will be a first for a South African club. At present Pirates share the record of five with SuperSport United and Mamelodi Sundowns.

Matsatsantsa were the first club to achieve the feat, reaching the finals of the 2004 SAA Supa8, 2004 Coca-Cola Cup, 2005 ABSA Cup, 2005 SAA Supa8 and 2005 Coca-Cola, winning two out of five during that run.

The Brazilians matched that feat by reaching the finals of the 2007 ABSA Cup, 2007 SAA Supa8, 2007 Telkom KnockOut Cup, 2008 Nedbank Cup and 2008 MTN8, also winning just two out of those five.

Ezikamagebhula then muscled their way to proving that what their Tshwane rivals can do, they can better by reaching the finals of the 2010 MTN8, 2010 Telkom KnockOut Cup, 2011 Nedbank Cup, 2011 MTN8 and 2011 Telkom KnocKout Cup, going up the podium as champions in four out of those five finals.

The cherry on top was that Bucs were league champions in both those seasons in the ‘Double Treble’ era.

Pirates are on the verge of repeating that uninterrupted feat as they have already been to four domestic cup finals.

However, Pirates could take it a step further and stretch it to a record six cup finals on the trot if they reach the Telkom final, which is inclusive of an international tournament, the CAF Champions League Final.

Though they have won only one of those five finals, current head coach Vladimir Vermezovic will gain consolation from the fact that he has won one of the two cup finals that he has been in charge of since taking over earlier this year.

Roger de Sa – now Ajax Cape Town boss – was in charge when Bucs reached the other three finals.

SuperSport, who were beaten by Pirates in the semi-finals of this very same competition, are standing in the way of that sixth cup final in a row.

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