Pirates were determined to redeem themselves after losing the previous year’s final to Platinum Stars, but Stuart Baxter’s Amakhosi side were in sublime form at the time, finishing the competition without conceding a goal.
Amakhosi’s skipper at the time, Tefu Mashamaite, scored the winner on the night in Durban, getting his head to a set-piece that was whipped in by George Maluleka.
Chiefs held on for the victory and got revenge for the 2011 final they lost to the Buccaneers, when Oupa Manyisa scored in extra time.
The game is also remembered for the great performance of Amakhosi’s second choice goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo, who was named man of the match in his home province.
Former Amakhosi midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane, who will be involved in Saturday’s final with SuperSport United, says beating their rivals in front of a packed Moses Mabhida Stadium was special.
“I remember it [the goal] was from a set play. I think it was [Bernard] Parker, [Ed: Maluleka] who played the cross and 'Masha' touched it with his head and it went in at the far post,” Letsholonyane recalls.
“It’s always a good memory, especially if you come out as the winners. And they don’t come as big as a derby. For me it was one of those moments you never forget, where you managed to beat your rivals in a cup final and not just a league game. Winning silverware always says you have done your bit to contribute.”
Letsholonyane is looking forward to this weekend. It will be his fifth MTN8 final. He has won two and lost two.
“I am excited to be part of this final,” he says.