Johannesburg - Orlando Pirates
were largely on top throughout as they defeated Kaizer Chiefs 2-0 in
Saturday's Carling Black Label Cup final at FNB Stadium.
Lazarous Kambole started in attack ahead of Leonardo Castro whereas
Brilliant Khuzwayo was dropped from the line-up due to injury at the
expense of Leonardo Castro.
In the early exchanges, Dumisani Zuma threatened Sandilands' goal but his looping shot failed to hit the back of the net.
Nonetheless, following a horrendous mistake at the back by Chiefs,
Augustine Mulenga profited as a shot came back off the post and the
Zambia star struck home.
Not long afterwards, Kambole was guilty of missing an absolute sitter as he failed to convert into a gaping goal.
Around the half-an-hour mark, the talk-of-the-town Thembinkosi Lorch
showed his class as he struck a goal-of-the-season contender curler
beyond Bruce Bvuma.
Just before the break, Ramahlwe Mphahlele was forced off with injury as Reeve Frosler joined the fray in his place.
In the second stanza, Chiefs showed improvement in the final third but still were not able to trouble the scorers.
Changes were made after the break as Kabelo Mahlasela came in for
Siphelele Ntshangase while new Pirates signing Fortune Makaringe
replaced the lively Lorch.
With that said, Khama Billiat showed quick feet on the edge of the
area before firing in a low shot which Sandilands did well to get down
Kambole ran in for the follow-up but his strike went into the side-netting though he was offside anyway.
Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurkovic were also introduced with there being signs of a potentially promising partnership.
Castro headed an effort over the bar whereas Frosler struck a fierce effort from distance which Sandilands palmed away.
The Sea Robbers had a golden chance to strike a third on the counter
but substitute Fortune Makaringe dragged his strike wide, when a pass
across goal to fellow sub Gabadinho Mhango may have been a better
It was Pirates' fifth Carling Black Label Cup win.
Bvuma, Mphahlele (Frosler 42'), Cardoso, Mathoho, Gordinho, Maluleka, Ntshangase, Billiat, Zuma, Parker, Kambole
Sandilands, Dube, Jele, Chabalala, Maela, Motshwari, Lorch, Pule, Memela, Mulenga, Shonga