Stars crowned TKO champs
Johannesburg - Platinum
Stars came from a goal down to defeat Orlando Pirates 2-1 in the final of the
2013 Telkom Knockout at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday night.
second-half double from Mogakolodi Ngele saw Dikwena to their second cup
success this season after Lukcy Lekgwathi had put the Buccaneers 1-0 up in the
were hoping to claim revenge on Stars for their defeat in the final of the MTN8
earlier this season, but the Rustenburg team turned the game on its head to
pick up the Telkom Knockout for the second time.
settled the quicker of the two teams, but it was Stars who had the first shot
in anger, with the always dangerous Robert Ng’ambi putting an effort just over
the crossbar in the seventh minute.
the quarter hour mark Dikwena created a great chance, with Luvolwethu Mpeta
providing a perfect low cross from the left for Solomon Mathe, but the
midfielder fluffed his shot with a clear sight of goal.
the half hour mark it was Pirates who broke the deadlock. Daine Klate provided
a perfect cross into the penalty area from a free kick and captain Lucky
Lekgwathi arrived to glance home a header.
were question marks as to whether Lekgwathi was offside, but television replays
showed his run came from deep and was perfectly timed.
first half came to an end with Klate firing wide of goal direct from a free
kick just outside the penalty area, leaving Bucs 1-0 up at the break.
Soweto giants almost doubled their lead early in the second half, as Klate’s
low cross was turned toward his own goal by Mpeta, but Siyabonga Mpontshane
made a great reaction save.
coach Allan Freese made two attacking changes by sending on Mogakolodi Ngele
and Mduduzi Nyanda past the hour mark, while Bucs substitute Collins Mbesuma
almost scored from a tight angle in the 73rd minute but was denied
by another fine Mpontshane save.
78 minutes Stars pulled level at 1-1, with Ngele powering through a gap in the
Bucs backline before coolly chipping the ball over the advancing Meyiwa -
despite a gallant attempt at a tackle from Mahamutsa – to find the back of the
the Botswana international cemented his status as a Dikwena hero 10 minutes
later when he crashed home the winning goal. Lindokuhle Mbatha cut inside from
the left and teed up the number 11, who struck a first-time left-footed shot
into the top corner from 20 metres out, 2-1.