Kaizer Chiefs claimed the bragging rights in the latest Soweto Derby, knocking out bitter rivals, Orlando Pirates from the Telkom KnockOut competition.
The Soweto giants clashed at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal province, on Saturday. This was the first time the two sides locked horns outside the Gauteng province. Amakhosi went into the tie on a four-year winless streak against their crosstown rivals, Bucs.
Pirates found themselves reduced to ten men when Mthokozisi Dube was shown a second yellow card, leading to a subsequent red card.
The game delivered on all fronts, in terms of intensity, drama and goals. It lived up to the expectations. The Phefeni Glamour Boys opened the scoring in the first half through Samir Nurkovic, but the goal was controversially chalked off for an offside.
The referee took a lot of stick for ample decisions that were too shocking to say the least. The Buccaneers took the lead through Fortune Makaringe, who slotted home from close range from a Thembinkosi Lorch set-up. The Sea Robbers went into the half-time break with a 1-0 lead, and a possibility of extending their four-year great run over Amakhosi.
Chiefs coach, Ernst Middendorp rang some changes at half-time, bringing in Dumisani Zuma and Bernard Parker in place of Njabulo Blom and Willard Katsande. The call looked to have made the difference as Chiefs came out guns blazing.
The Naturena-based outfit eventually found their way back into the game as Leonardo Castro found the back of the net through Khama Billiat’s rebound, after Billiat’s shot hit the crossbar and rolled to Castro. The Glamour Boys looked likely to add to their tally and take the lead as they applied immense pressure on Bucs defense, but their decision-making in the final third was appalling.
The game went into extra-time and Amakhosi were awarded a penalty in the first half of the ET for a handball. Daniel Cardoso made no mistake from the spot as he put Chiefs 2-1 up. Bucs levelled matters in the second half of the ET after a fine run by Ghabadino Mhango and beating Daniel Akpeyi.
The game went into the penaltyshootouts after it finished 2-2, and Daniel Akpeyi was the hero again as Amakhosi advanced to the Semi-finals of the TKO. The Nigerian shotstopper saved two penalties to ensure a 4-2 victory for Middendorp’s charges.
The Soweto giants joined Maritzburg United and Golden Arrows in the semis, and they’ll know their semifinals opponents later today ( Sunday) after the end of Mamelodi Sundowns vs Chippa United quarter-final clash.