Orlando Pirates are through to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup after they beat the GladAfrica League side Uthongathi with a solitary goal at the Orlando Stadium.
Pirates join Cape Town City, who thumped Bloemfontein Celtic 4-0, and AmaZulu who beat Golden Arrows in a penalty shootout. Mamelodi Sundowns and TTM are the other teams who managed to win from the round of 32 fixtures.
Uthongathi, who came to this match with a majority of players who are new to the team, needed more ammunition to expose the experienced Pirates. With the first captain Philani Shange and second captain Issa Sarr, who once played for Pirates, not featured because of injury, young player Sindiso Magawane has been leading the team. He has been captaining the team for the last four matches and has been doing very well.
In the first half, they faced a barrage of attacks against a determined Pirates, but they were able to hold the fort. In the first half, Pirates had nine shots at goal and Uthongathi only managed one.
In the 61st minute, Uthongathi missed a golden chance. Pirates used their chance very well a minute later when striker Gabadinho Mhango made Uthongathi pay for their mistake.
Pirates missed another chance to increase their lead at the death when the ball hit the upright.
Cape Town City outclass Bloemfontein Celtic
Cape Town City outclassed Bloemfontein Celtic at the Cape Town Stadium.
Tashreeq Morris scored the all-important second half goal to put his side ahead. He finished his brace following a header from a corner kick.
Morris set up Thabo Nodada who scored the third goal and then it was time for Morris to get a hatrick.
AmaZulu beat Arrows
Micheal Gumede put Golden Arrows ahead in the first half of the Nedbank Cup derby match against AmaZulu FC in a match played at the Suger Ray Xulu Stadium, in Claremont, Durban.
Abafana besithende capitalised from Usuthu’s defensive error and were 1-0 up in the first half, but when Arrows thought they had wrapped the match up, AmaZulu striker Lehlohonolo Majoro launched a dramatic comeback at the death to force extra time.
Following no goals from both sides in extra time, the dreaded penalty shootout ensued.
Danny Phiri missed for Abafana besithende then Luvuyo Memela scored the winner for AmaZulu.