Orlando Pirates were too good for their arch-rivals Kaizer Chiefs in the annual offseason Carling Black Label Cup. Pirates clinched their fifth Carling Cup after beating Chiefs 2-0 at the FNB Stadium this afternoon.
Bucs scored both goals in the first half.
The start of the game had to be delayed for fifteen minutes due to the late arrival of fans at the stadium.
Zambian striker Lazarous Kambole was the only new signing in the starting line up of both sides. Chiefs dominated the opening minutes of the match, but it was Pirates who took the lead through Zambian Augustine Mulenga after a goalkeeping blunder by young Amakhosi keeper Bruce Bvuma.
Minutes later Kambole fluffed the easiest of opportunities to level the score, missing with only Pirates keeper Wayne Sandilands to beat.
It did not take long for reigning Premier Soccer League’s player of the season Thembinkosi Lorch to increase Bucs’ lead with a beauty from outside the box.
Chiefs were forced to replace the experienced defender Ramahlwe Mphahlele with youngster Reeve Frosler minutes before the break due to an injury.
Pirates introduced new signing Fortune Makaringe to bolster their midfield, and Chiefs also made changes in the second half.
Wayne Sandilands denied Khama Billiat in the 59th minute, with Kambole missing again from close range before he was substituted.
Serbian Samir Nurkovic also made his debut for Chiefs.
Sandilands continued making important saves in the second half, including this one nineteen minutes from time.
Chiefs went all out to get a goal in the remaining twenty minutes but Pirates stood firm.
The two sets of supporters will have to wait for at least three months before seeing another Soweto derby on the 9th of November.