Chiefs Win Carling Cup After Shootout
Kaizer Chiefs beat Orlando Pirates 4-3 in a penalty shootout victory in the Carling Black Label Cup on Sunday evening.
Brandon Petersen saved penalties from Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Wayde Jooste, while Sabelo Radebe skied his attempt for Chiefs.
The match had ended goalless after 90 minutes, and It was the fifth time a shootout decided the winner of the pre-season friendly cup.
While it was the 173rd Soweto Derby, it was the first time the Carling Cup was played at the Orlando Stadium.
While there was good energy from both sides in the opening fifteen minutes, and a few dangerous entries into the final thirds, there were no real attempts at goal.
The first shot in anger would only come in the 21st minute but Samir Nurkovic’s attempt from outside the area went high and wide. Pirates were awarded a dangerous free kick in the 24th minute, after Ramahlwe Mphahlele fouled Gabadinho Mhango, but Thembinkosi Lorch’s effort was dealt with by the wall.
Fortune Makaringe shot just wide of the near post and into the side-netting in the 29th minute, after a good late run into the box from the former Maritzburg United man.
Happy Mashiane was on target from a free kick in the 41st minute, but it was also straight at Richard Ofori, who pulled off a comfortable save. A minute later there was an opportunity for Pirates, but Itumeleng Khune was on hand to save Lorch’s shot from the right.
At halftime, it remained goalless.
Just like in selecting the starting line-ups, the fans got to make the first substitutions of the second half and in the 50th minute new Chiefs signing Kgaogelo Sekgota replaced Lebogang Lesako, while Siphesihle Ndlovu came on for Thabang Monare for Pirates.
Sekgota almost made an immediate impact as his free kick attempt in the 55th minute forced a good save out of Ofori. A minute later Lorch tried a shot, but it was deflected wide by Daniel Cardoso.
With the fan formalities out the way, Chiefs made a a handful of changes, bringing on other new signings like Phathutshedzo Nange, Cole Alexander and S’fiso Hlanti.
Just after the hour mark Wayde Jooste tried a shot from the edge of the box, but it took a deflection and went behind for a corner. Alexander had a great chance for Chiefs in the 64th minute but Ntsikelelo Nyauza made a good block to deny the former Polokwane City man.
A great counter attack from Pirates in the 66th minute looked almost certain to lead to a goal, but after being well set up by Deon Hotto, Lorch was denied by an excellent reflex save from Khune. Chiefs had another chance three minutes but Sabelo Radebe’s effort went just wide of Ofori’s goal.
Chiefs, who continued to introduce new faces, with Brandon Petersen replacing Khune, were awarded a penalty in the 73rd minute, after a handball from Nyauza in the box.
Cardoso stepped up to take the spot kick but Ofori made a good save to deny Chiefs the lead.
Pirates made changes in the 77th minute, but there were still no new signings on show, though Tebogo Tlolane, who spent last at Maritzburg United, was introduced. Erick Mathoho had a chance in the 84th minute, but he couldn’t get a good connection with his head, and it went wide of goal.
Petersen was called into action a minute later, and some brave goalkeeping from the former Ajax Cape Town and Bidvest Wits man kept Pirates out, after a dangerous ball in by substitute Boitumelo Radiopane.
But with no goals scored in the 90 minutes, a penalty shoot out decided the outcome.