One win out of eight: Pi­rates’ sorry TKO story

Sowetan - - Dipapadi - By Tiyani wa ka Mabasa

Or­lando Pi­rates have suf­fered much heart­break in the Telkom Knock­out, with just one cup fi­nal win out of eight.

Bucs have an op­por­tu­nity to im­prove their record when they meet Baroka in to­mor­row’s decider at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium (6pm).

But the fact that they are favourites is no guar­an­tee that they will win it this time, judg­ing by the fact that even against the min­nows, they have strug­gled in this tour­na­ment.

Here is a look at Pi­rates’ Telkom Knock­out fi­nals his­tory, un­der its var­i­ous names: 1987: The Buc­ca­neers took on Dur­ban Bush Bucks and came sec­ond best. Pi­rates were in the driver’s seat with a 3-1 win in the first leg, but Bucks’ 2-0 vic­tory in the re­turn leg re­sulted in a 3-3 ag­gre­gate score and since the away goals didn’t count then, a third match was needed to sep­a­rate the two sides, with Bucks win­ning 2-1.

1990: Pi­rates faced Mamelodi Sun­downs this time, los­ing 2-1 on ag­gre­gate over two legs. 1995: Five years on the Soweto gi­ants met Wits Univer­sity with the lat­ter win­ning 1-0. 2000: Pi­rates were tipped to beat a youth­ful Ajax Cape Town side, but fell short yet again. The two sides played out a 1-1 draw and in a re­play, the Ur­ban War­riors, in­spired by Steven Pien­aar, ham­mered Pi­rates 4-1 at FNB Sta­dium. 2008: When the two sides met again eight years later, Pi­rates thought they would get their re­venge, but a brace from Mab­huti Khenyeza guided Ajax to a 2-1 win in Dur­ban. 2010: Bucs re­turned two years later to face ri­vals Kaizer Chiefs at FNB Sta­dium and were thumped 3-0. Sthem­biso Ng­cobo grabbed a brace.

2011: At Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium Pi­rates fi­nally got the mon­key off their back, win­ning 3-1 against Bid­vest Wits cour­tesy of goals from Thu­la­sizwe Mbuyane, Daine Klate and Isaac Chansa.

2013: Pi­rates went to Mbombela Sta­dium and lost 21 to Plat­inum Stars with Mo­gakolodi Ngele net­ting a brace.

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