Ndoro sinks Amakhosi

Sunday World - - World Of Sport - MARC STRY­DOM

OR­LANDO PI­RATES (0) 2 KAIZER CHIEFS (0) 0 TENDAI Ndoro’s light­ning sec­ond­half brace earned Or­lando Pi­rates en­try in the Ned­bank Cup last-16 and vic­tory in this early-round Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs.

If Ndoro had be­gun to earn hero sta­tus with Pi­rates’ Ghost in the stands with a brace in a 3-1 win against Mpumalanga Black Aces in Mbombela two weeks ago, he went a long way to be­com­ing their dar­ling yes­ter­day.

The slick Zim­bab­wean striker a bit-part player in Bucs’ bat­tling sea­son while Ker­mit Eras­mus and Tham­sanqa Gabuza were in form early on struck in the 76th and 84th min­utes to keep Pi­rates’ chances of a tro­phy in 2015-16 alive, and dash Chiefs’.

Only 50 000 tick­ets were sold for the fifth in­clud­ing the pre-sea­son Black La­bel Cup Soweto derby this sea­son. In tough eco­nomic times, fill­ing 94 000-seater FNB five times in a sea­son for the same match is prov­ing a chal­lenge for the PSL.

If the build-up to the game in the press, and the re­ac­tion of the fans, was some­what tired, so to some ex­tent was the ac­tion on the field.

Chiefs were struc­turally the bet­ter team, and shaded pos­ses­sion. But Pi­rates’ front-line al­ways looked the more dan­ger­ous when threat­en­ing Amakhosi’s penalty area. They took ad­van­tage of this in con­vinc­ing fash­ion through Ndoro in the se­cond half.

The two teams came into the game in vary­ing de­grees of im­proved form. Pi­rates had won two in a row to edge up to sev­enth place in the PSL.

Chiefs had found a greater flu­ency to their game in their last 10 matches, only a fine goal­keep­ing per­for­mance by Ge­orge Chigova deny­ing Amakhosi a sixth straight league win in their 1-1 draw against Polok­wane City here on Satur­day.

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Pi­rates Eric Tin­kler brought in Ntsikelelo Nyauza at right-back, mov­ing Thabo Mat­laba to the left and drop­ping Pa­trick Phung­wayo. Ndoro started up-front ahead of Lehlo­honolo Ma­joro from Bucs’ 1-0 win league win against Bloem­fontein Celtic at Or­lando Sta­dium a week be­fore.

For Chiefs, Steve Kom­phela brought in Mor­gan Gould for sus­pended cen­tre-back Lorenzo Gordinho and Kgotso Moleko at right-back for Daniel Car­doso.

Chiefs per­haps edged the first half, though Pi­rates were the more dan­ger­ous in the fi­nal third.

Bucs started brightly. Ndoro’s run past two de­fend­ers down the left ended with the striker forc­ing a close-range save from Reyaad Pi­eterse.

From Ndoro’s ball across goal Gould made a cru­cial in­ter­cept when Gift Mo­tupa would only have had to fin­ish into an open goal at the far post. In the 31st Parker took Moleko s chip from right mid­field on his chest but the Chiefs for­ward was hes­i­tant and could not pro­duce a shot or find a team­mate with a pass.

Siphiwe Tsha­bal­ala col­lected the ball on the left and his curl­ing shot was par­ried by a div­ing Brighton Mh­longo.

Ge­orge Maluleka’s chip was con­trolled in the middle and touched on by Tsha­bal­ala to Parker. The out-of-touch striker had time to steady him­self but still shot wide of the upright.

Af­ter the break Maluleka had the ball at his feet with two play­ers free along­side him 40 me­tres out, but could not get his pass away, which was symp­to­matic of Chiefs’ in­de­ci­sion in good po­si­tions.

Parker s shot from range was feet wide as Chiefs ap­peared to hold an as­cen­dancy.

But Pi­rates had al­ways looked the more dan­ger­ous team around their op­po­si­tion’s box. They broke the dead­lock when, af­ter sub­sti­tute Thabo Qalinge’s run in from the left of the area was blocked, Mpho Makola s deft lit­tle chip in found Ndoro in a huge gap be­tween the cen­tre-backs and left-back. The Zim­bab­wean con­trolled and blasted in on the half vol­ley.

Ndoro sealed his new­found love af­fair with the Pi­rates faith­ful when, af­ter a touch-on by Qalinge from a free-kick on the left, the Zim­bab­wean took the ball on and hit a sting­ing, skid­ding low drive that fooled its way be­tween Chiefs keeper Reyaad Pi­eterse and the right upright.

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