Cape Town - SuperSport United beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 at the Mbombela
Stadium in Nelspruit on Saturday to book their place in the 2016
Telkom Knockout Cup final.
Matsatsantsa will face Cape Town City, who hammered Free
State Stars 4-1 in the first semi-final, in the showpiece event next
Thabo Mnyamane scored the only goal of the game;
capitalising on a defensive error as the Buccaneers failed in their attempts to
find a way past SuperSport goal-minder Reyaad Pieterse.
The two teams returned to the Mpumalanga venue for the first
time since Matsatsantsa inflicted a 6-1 home defeat on their Gauteng rivals
earlier this month. The worst loss in their history resulting in Muhsin
Ertugral quitting his post on live TV.
Both teams flexed their muscles in the early exchanges with
Mnyamane and Mpho Makola going close with their respective attempts.
Mnyamane, who scored in midweek against Kaizer Chiefs, made
it two in two against Soweto giants - pouncing on a mistake by the visitors to
tap into an open goal.
The Pirates defence at sixes and sevens from a flick on; the
former AmaTuks man left with an easy finish.
Dean Furman almost made it 2-0 six minutes into the
second half, but Jackson Mabokgwane was up to the task.
The Buccaneers were dealt a further blow in the 81st minute
with Thabo Matlaba receiving his marching orders for a dangerous tackle on
Pieterse was forced into a good save in the dying exchanges
of the clash - the former Amakhosi man doing well to deny Thabo Qalinge as SuperSport
sealed their place in another final.
Pieterse, Boxall, Daniels, Gould, Modiba,
Furman, Letsholonyane, Phala (Morton 91'), Mnyamane, Brockie, Grobler (Nkhatha
Mabokgwane, Sikhakhane (Morrison 76'), Gyimah,
Chabalala, Matlaba, Memela, Makola (Qalinge 58'), Rakhale (Gabuza 58'), Sarr,