Pirates crush Chiefs to advance to MTN8 final

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Orlando Pirates will face Bloemfontein Celtic in the final of the MTN8 following a 5-0 aggregate win over Kaizer Chiefs. They beat a lacklustre Chiefs 2-0 in a game played at the FNB Stadium on Sunday afternoon to add to the three goals they scored last week.

The final match of the tournament will be played on 12 December and the venue and kick-off time will be announced later.

Chiefs came into this match with a mountain to climb against Pirates. Amakhosi conceded three goals in the first leg of the MTN8 semi-final match played at the Orlando Stadium last week.

Pirates’ hopes were boosted by the return of head coach Josef Zinnbauer who had to jet-off to Germany to attend to personal matters after the first leg.

Chiefs coach Gavin Hunt knew that in order to stage a comeback, he needed to field a balanced team.

When his full back, Reeve Frosler was injured after avoiding to concede a throw ball, Hunt replaced him with an attacking midfielder in Siphelele Ntshangase.

The first half was a dull affair as both teams failed to register a shot on target.

Chiefs, who were sluggish in the first half, created promising attempts in the second, but it was Pirates who took full advantage of their opportunities.

Deon Hotto collected the ball from deep in the midfield. He took a shot that goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi fumbled, giving Fortune Makaringe an easy task of scoring.

The Buccaneers were in the spotlight again, with Hotto’s ball finding substitute Linda Mntambo, who calmly made it 2-0.