One win out of eight: Pirates’ sorry TKO story
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.