NedbankCup : Kaizer Chiefs Ndorofied
Bucs cruise to victory against Amakhosi in the forth derby of the season
A brace from Tendai Ndoro was enough to eliminate Kaizer Chiefs from the Nedbank Cup Knockout last 32 in a thrilling game watched by an entertained crowd.
This was the forth derby of the season, both teams had won one each before and as well as draw, but in this clash one had to win at all costs.
Orlando Pirates had in the previous encounters failed to score again Pieterse and Khuzwayo.
Less than 50 000 tickets were sold for this encounter, which was very disappointing by the derby standards but the fact that both teams are not doing well in the league currently contributed to the ticket sales.
Pirates went into the game without Lehlohonolo Majoro who picked up a hamstring injury and Patrick Phungwayo who fell ill an was dehydrated.
The duo was replaced by Tendai Ndoro and Ntsikelelo Nyauza.
Gift Motupa should have made it 1 -0 after a great cross from Matlaba on the left with an empty net at his mercy he missed kick the ball and it went the same direction it came from.
Both teams started well and Pirates were the first one to make their intentions clear in the first 5 minutes of the first half of the game but Ndoro’s attempt was well saved by Pietersen.
Chiefs regrouped and started dominating the game in the first with Siphiwe Tshabalala playing good football but their chances lacked conversion.
Moleko managed to pin Rakhale in his half as the midfield maestro had to track his forward runs and that didn’t allow him time to move forward and provide those supplies he is famous.
Nyauza had a terrible first half as Kaizer Chiefs exploited his forward run and gave Pirates issues from his flank.
The first half ended in a stalemate of 0-0 as both teams failed to convert all the chances they created.
Orlando Pirates came back into the 2nd half with much more determination as they started dominating the middle of the park.
Gift Motupa and Luvuyo Mamela were not at their usual best it was not a surprise when the two were taken off for Sifiso Myeni and Thabo Qalinge respectively.
The duo seemed to be exactly what the doctor ordered for Orlando Pirates as they started to enjoy more possession and they were rewarded with a goal after some great interchange play.
Thabo Qalinge managed to worm his way into Chiefs eighteen area box drawing three defenders towards him before off loading the ball to Mpho Makola who provided a perfect chip pass to Ndoro who was not well marshaled.
Ndoro controlled well with his right which allowed him to turn and finish with his right foot for his opener in the 77th minute.
Chiefs attacked in search of an equalizer but their chances didn’t bear any fruits.
The introduction of Twala for Maluleke seemed to have injected a new sense of urgency in the chiefs attack but the solid back four of Pirates stood solid.
Thabo Qalinge was at it again with his tricky footwork as he took on Kaizer Chiefs defenders to draw a foul just a few meters outside the penalty box.
Kaizer Chiefs defense was caught napping as Orlando Pirates took a quick free-kick.
Mpho Makola rolled out another perfect pass before Ndoro leashed another thunderous shot that beat Amakhosi goal minder Pieterse to make it 2-0 in the 88th minutes.
Orlando Pirates then turned on the magic with Rakhale , Makola and Qalinge unleashing a bag of trick to kill off the game much to the excitement and appreciation of the crowd.
Nyauza landed awkwardly after defending the high ball and he had to be stretched off.
Happy Jele made his much awaited return in his place.
Ndoro should have equaled Jerry Sikhosana’s record of a hat-trick in the derby, but his great curly attempt just went narrowly wide with Pieterse well beaten.
Tendai Ndoro has scored three goals in all competition for Pirates this season.
Pirates started to win the game in the All departments and enjoyed a more entertaining end to the match with skills and show boasting. The game ended at 2-0 with Pirates progressing to the last 16.
Steve Kompela is still to beat Orlando Pirates in open play.
Amakhosi : Pieterse, Moleko, Gould, Mathoho, Masilela (Lebese 87), Katsande, Maluleka (Twala 74), Baloyi, Tshabalala, Parker, Abraw (Mthembu 85)
Orlando Pirates : Mhlongo, Nyauza (Jele 82), Gyimah, Gcaba, Matlaba, Rakhale, Makola, Sarr, Memela ( Qalinge 71), Motupa ( Myeni 63), Ndoro