Kaizer Chiefs celebrated their first victory over Orlando Pirates in five years with a 4-2 penalty shootout win in the Telkom Knock-Out Cup quarterfinal clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Amakhosi progressed to the next round as Ben Motswari and Abel Mabaso missed their penalties for Pirates after the match ended two-all after extra time.
It was a repeat of last year’s semi-final where Pirates came out tops. While Chiefs would have set their objectives on continuing their good run this season, it would have also meant more to end their rivals dominance over them.
The highly anticipated match lived up to expectation producing a drama-filled first half. However Chiefs fans would have felt hard done with two incidents that did not go their way.
Amakhosi were denied a Samir Nurkuvic goal when Zakhele Siwele raised his flag for an offside.
Although replay suggests that the Serbian was put on-side by the two Pirates players, Siwela felt that he was perhaps ahead of the defenders.
Minutes later Thembinkosi Lorch survived a red card for an offence that warranted a straight send off. Moments later he provided an assist to Fortune Makaringe for the Buccaneers to take the lead.
Ernst Middendorp went for an all attack system in the second half bringing in Dumisani Zuma for holding midfielder Willard Katsande and with Pirates being a man down after defender Mthokozisi Dube received his marching orders, it looked set for Amakhosi to give Pirates problems at the back.
The tactics worked for the Chiefs mentor as Leonardo Castro equalised in the 62nd minute after Bernard Parker had been brought in for defender Njabulo Blom.
After 90 minutes it was deadlocked taking the game to extra time. It did not take long for Amakhosi to take the lead from a Daniel Cardoso penalty after Abela Mabaso was judged for a handball inside the box.
But in the 100th minute substitute Gabadinho Mhango levelled matters to continue the excitement inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium.
It ended in a stalemate after 120 minutes and it had to be decided through a penalty shootout.
Chiefs keeper Daniel Akpeyi was the hero as he saved two Pirates penalties by Ben Motswari and Abel Mabaso while Parker converted Chiefs next kick to secure victory.
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) November 2, 2019