Durban - Platinum Stars clinched their first ever
MTN8 title when they defeated Orlando Pirates 3-1 on penalties at the Moses
Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.
Ng’ambi fired Stars ahead early in the second half, but Thabo Matlaba equalised
with less than ten minutes left on the clock to force the match into extra time
and then penalties.
applied the early pressure and came close to breaking the deadlock in the
fourth minute through former Pirates player Siphelele Mthembu, but he saw his
effort deflected wide of goal.
Pirates started to control the midfield and eventually had their first chance
in the 21st minute with Kermit Erasmus stinging Siyabonga Mpontshane’s palms
from outside the box.
managed to turn into the box on the left three minutes later before attempting
to play the ball across goal, only to see his effort deflected over.
former SuperSport United forward was in the thick of things again in the 30th
minute as he cut inside from the left, but he failed to keep his effort down.
minutes later Tlou Segolela and Happy Jele combined on the right with the
latter collecting the ball on the edge of the penalty area, but he failed to
trouble the goalkeeper as he drilled his shot wide.
half-time looming, it was the Buccaneers who continued to ask the questions
with Oupa Manyisa forcing a low save from Mpontshane in the 42nd minute, while
Rooi Mahamutsa glanced his header wide in added time.
opening goal arrived two minutes after the break when Ng’ambi headed into an
open net after Pirates were unable to clear Tintswalo Tshabalala’s free kick at
the near post.
Buccaneers immediately pushed forward for the equaliser but Jele headed
Matlaba’s cross over the bar in the 50th minute, while Erasmus fired wide of
the post four minutes later.
thought he had levelled matters in the 65th minute when he placed his shot past
Mpontshane from inside the box, but the goal was disallowed for offside.
came close to doubling their lead from a free kick in the 82nd minute but Senzo
Meyiwa did well to get his body behind Mogakolodi Ngele’s well-struck effort.
De Sa’s men eventually levelled matters two minutes later through a moment of
individual brilliance as Matlaba beat Mpontshane with a powerful strike from
could have put his side ahead just a minute later when he was allowed to get
his shot away inside the box, only to send his effort wide of the post as the
two sides were deadlocked at 1-1 at the end of regulation time.
sides had their opportunities in extra time, the first one falling for Joseph
Malongoane in the 103rd minute, but the winger was unable to reach Matlaba’s
low cross with the goal at his mercy.
then tested Mpontshane with another long range effort in the 113th minute,
while Ngele directed his shot over the crossbar two minutes later to send the
tie to penalties.
Orlando Pirates - (0) 1 (Thabo Matlaba 84')
Platinum Stars - (0) 1 (Robert Ng'ambi 48')
Orlando Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Rooi Mahamutsa, Happy Jele, Patrick Phungwayo, Siyabonga Sangweni, Lehlogonolo Masalesa, Oupa Manyisa, Daine Klate, Tlou Segolela, Kermit Erasmus, Lennox Bacela.
Platinum Stars: Siyabonga Mpontshane, Elias Ngwepe, Vuyo Mere, Tshepo Gumede, Benson Mhlongo, Robert Ng'ambi, Patrick Malokase, Issa Sarr, Tintswalo Tshabalala, Siphelele Mthembu, Sibusiso Msomi.