MTN 8 Wafa Wafa Quarterfinal: Orlando Pirates Defeats Royal AM in Entertaining Match

MTN 8 Wafa Wafa Quarterfinal: Orlando Pirates Defeats Royal AM in Entertaining Match

Keba Mothoagae
  • Orlando Pirates became the second team to reach this season's MTN 8 semifinals
  • The Buccaneers defeated Royal AM 2-1 in an entertaining quarterfinal clash at the Chatsworth Stadium in Durban
  • Vincent Pule gave the visitors a third-minute lead that was doubled by James Monyane in the 55th minute, before Mokete Mogaila pulled one back three minutes later

Orlando Pirates is going to the semifinals of the MTN 8.

The Buccaneers defeated Royal AM in a dramatic quarterfinal at the Chatsworth Stadium in Durban.

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Orlando Pirates defeated Royal AM 2-1 in an absorbing MTN 8 encounter. Image source: @Soccer_Laduma.
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Vincent Pule put the visitors into the lead with a fierce low strike in the third minute after Royal turned the ball over in a dangerous area. James Monyane then doubled the lead in the 55th minute after a gaffe by Thwihli Thwahla goalkeeper Zakhale Ngcobo.

Just as it seemed that the Buccaneers had an unassailable lead, Mokete Mogaila pounced from an offside position on a shot that Pirates 'keeper Richard Ofori had parried onto the post.

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There was late drama Khethukuthula Ndlovu and Goodman Mosele were sent off after an ugly brawl in the 98th minute of the tie.

Royal AM: Ngcobo, Mogaila, Nascimento, Maganyi, Matlaba, Mahlasela, Phalane, Kobedi, Sera, De jong, Stoffels

Subs: Nyame, Ncobeni, Pelembe, Ndlovu, Macuphu, Rikhotso, Cele, Dlamini, Thikazi

Orlando Pirates: Ofori, Maela, Sibisi, Ndah, Mosele, Timm, Monyane, Hotto, Pule, Nga, Lepasa

Subs: Mpontshane, Peprah, Mthethwa, Mako, Shandu, Tlolane, Makgaka, Makaringe, Motshwari

"Some players fake injuries at Kaizer Chiefs to cope with pressure": coach Arthur Zwane

Kaizer Chiefs coach Arthur Zwane has made a most startling revelation which will unsettle those connected to the club.

As reported by Sports Brief, Zwane said that some players at the club have faked injuries to escape the pressure come crunch time. The Amakhosi are now seven years without having won any silverware, which is the longest in the club's history, something he reckons weighs them down psychologically and mentally.

Zwane said:

"Some respond quicker and for some it will take time. So, for players, when the going gets tough, they will hide, some will think maybe they are not good enough to be here."