Pirates book MTN8 final place in style

Orlando Pirates advanced to the final of the MTN8 when they defeated Bidvest Wits 3-1 in the second leg of their semifinal encounter at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Getaneh Kebede cancelled Kermit Erasmus’ opener but Lehlohonolo Majoro came off the bench to score a brace to seal a 5-1 aggregate win for the Buccaneers.

The Clever Boys almost opened the scoring as early as the 3rd minute when a cross fell for Vincent Pule on the left side of the box but he sidefooted over the crossbar on the volley.

The visitors had another opportunity from a setpiece in the 11th minute as Buhle Mkhwanazi rose at the far post to connect with a corner from Sameegh Doutie, only to send his header wide of the target.

Senzo Meyiwa then made a solid save in the 20th minute as he dived low to hold on to a well-struck long range effort from Doutie.

The Orlando Pirates goalkeeper was called into action again nine minutes later, this time pulling off an acrobatic save to palm a volleyed effort from Sibusiso Vilakazi over the crossbar.

The Buccaneers started to find their rhythm late in the first half and in the 40th minute Oupa Manyisa teed the ball up for Erasmus but his shot flew just over the crossbar.

Erasmus then used his quick feet to sidestep Cornelis Kwakman a minute later before racing into the right side of the box, but the forward dragged his low effort wide of the far post.

Gavin Hunt’s men started the second half as they had done the first with Sithembiso Ngcobo getting two decent chances, but the big striker shot across goal in the 47th minute, before sending a header wide three minutes later.

The deadlock was eventually broken in the 53rd minute when Erasmus collected a pass from Thabo Matlaba on the centreline and raced to the edge of the box before beating Jackson Mabokgwane with a low shot.

Wits levelled matters in the 77th minute as substitute Kebede converted from the penalty spot after he had been brought down by Rooi Mahamutsa inside the box.

However, Pirates were back in front again in the 84th minute when Majoro beat Mabokgwane with a superb volley after he had been set up by Sifiso Myeni.

The Buccaneers were awarded a penalty of their own in the 87th minute when Myeni was fouled by Buhle Mkhwanazi but Mabokgwane pulled off a good save to deny Manyisa.

The home side did score their third goal in added time as Majoro sprung the offside trap before beating Mabokgwane with an exquisite lob to seal a convincing win.

Orlando Pirates (0) 3 (Erasmus 53’, Majoro 84’ 90+1’)
Bidvest Wits (0) 1 (Kebede pen. 78’)


Pirates: Meyiwa, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Jele, Matlaba, Manyisa, Sarr, Ntshumayelo, Klate (Myeni 46’), Makola (Gcaba 78’), Erasmus (Majoro 62’)

Wits: Mabokgwane, Kwakman, Losper (Katongo 57’), Vilakazi, Pule (Kebede 63’), Doutie, Mkhwanazi, Ngcobo (Botes 73’), Nhlapo, Sheppard, Ntshangase