Johannesburg - Despite
taking the lead in the first half through Oupa Manyisa's penalty, Orlando
Pirates lost 2-1 to Bidvest Wits in an MTN8 quarter-final clash at Bidvest
Stadium on Saturday night.
from defenders Buhle Mkhwanazi and Thulani Hlatshwayo allowed the Clever Boys
to go through to the next round of the competition.
loss for the Soweto giants means they are now out of the Wafa Wafa competition,
following in the footsteps of Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs.
the early stages of the encounter, the Clever Boys piled pressure as early as
the 12th minute when Thabang Monare tried a long range effort, but goalkeeper
Felipe Ovono produced a fine save.
against the run of play, the Buccaneers were awarded a penalty when Wits
skipper Hlatshwayo fouled Tendai Ndoro in the box.
captain, Manyisa stepped up in the 16th minute to send goalkeeper Moeneeb
Josephs the wrong way to hand Muhsin Ertugral's men a deserved lead.
Hunt's men kept knocking on Pirates' door chasing an equaliser but Ovono was
the man to deny them, making a number of saves from dangerous crosses through
the Equatorial Guinea international keeper finally cracked when defender
Mkhwanazi headed home a set piece from Frank Mhango's corner in the 38th
minute. It was 1-1 at the interval.
their return, Pirates nearly made it 2-1 as Ndoro hit the woodwork after a
wonderful pass from Abbubaker Mobara with Josephs beaten in the 47th minute.
with less than 15 minutes to go, Ovono spilled Monare's shot. He pushed the
ball straight into Hlatshwayo's path in the box and the defender made no
mistake to finish from close range.
the last four minutes, Ndoro received a great ball from the right wing in what
was their final chance and the Zimbabwean attempted a spectacular bicycle kick
to score an equaliser but it narrowly went wide.
the wake of the victory, the Students have now secured their place in the
semifinals, joining Cape Town City and Chippa United.