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Pirates pip Chiefs to reach MTN8 Final

[Posted 26 Sep 2010]
[By Brighton Mupangavanhu]
Pirates are through to the MTN8 final

Orlando Pirates scored a late 80th minute goal in a tension-filled second leg of the MTN8 semi-final to beat Kaizer Chiefs and set up a final date with Moroka Swallows.

Super substitute Katlego Mashego scored the killer goal to rescue their chances of the match, and pip Amakhosi. The home team, Kaizer Chiefs, just needed a goalless draw to go through, and their over-cautious approach cost them a cup final.

The match lacked the urgency expected of a derby and a semi-final. It was partly due to the fact that Chiefs slowed the match down terribly, and appeared over-confident at times. The body language of their talisman Musona showed evidence that Amakhosi wanted a goalles draw.

Few clear cut chances were created in the match. Musona, Mthokozisi Yende and Sthembiso Ngcobo c fluffed the few chances which came their way in the dying minutes the match.

Rooi Mahamutsa who kept Mausona silent for much of the match, missed an opportunity to give Pirates an advantage when he missed from the penalty kick in the 85th minute.

After the match, Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic admitted that his team played without any spirit and passion.

"The Kaizer Chiefs I saw today is not my Kaizer Chiefs I know," a visibly disappointed VV said.

On the other hand, the Buccaneers coach, Ruud Krol was over the moon and his joy is evidence that the rumour that he needed to win this match to save his job might be true.

"We played fantastic football and we deserved to win. Now we have to take it (our form) to the next level (final)," said Krol.

The first leg, also played at FNB Stadium, had ended 1-1, giving Chiefs an advantage in terms of the away goals' rule. That rule counted for nothing. Amakhosi's lacklustre performance especially in the second half gave the Pirates coach reason to believe he could turn the match in his team's favour.

Krol made a master-stroke substitution by bringing on the pacey Segolela and Mashego. The dribbling skills and pace of Segolela troubled the flat Chiefs defence, and the result was an 80th minute killer goal from fellow substitute Mashego.   

Just under 70 000 fans attended the match.

In a draw to determine the home team for the MTN8 final, Orlando Pirates emerged as the home team. This means Amabhakabhaka have the opportunity to decide first which kit they will use in the final at Moses Mabhida Stadium. 

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