Stu­dents take Bucs to school

The Citizen (KZN) - - Front Page - Si­bongiseni Gumbi

Or­lando Pi­rates’ tro­phy drought looks set to con­inue for at least an­other year as the Soweto gi­ants crashed out of the last cup com­pe­ti­tion they had a real chance of win­ning this sea­son. Bid­vest Wits beat them 3-2 on penal­ties af­ter the match ended in a 3-3 draw af­ter ex­tra time at Or­lando Sta­dium yes­ter­day af­ter­noon.

It was per­haps a lack of luck for the Buc­ca­neers who will rue the num­ber of missed chances which could have averted the lot­tery of spot kicks in the end.

The Buc­ca­neers started on the back foot when Bien­venu Eva Nga (be­low) put the vis­i­tors 1-0 up, con­vert­ing a penalty af­ter For­tune Makaringe was judged to have han­dled the ball in­side his team’s box. With the home side look­ing for a way back, they were dealt an­other blow when a long ball from Ri­cardo Goss found Deon Hotto who made no mis­take and put it past the ad­vanc­ing Joris Delle in goal for the first time in a while.

At half time, Pi­rates coach, Josef Zinnbauer quickly dis­ap­peared into the dress­ing room leav­ing his play­ers be­hind in a clear in­di­ca­tion that he was not im­pressed with their dis­play. What­ever the 49-year-old Ger­man men­tor said worked as the Buc­ca­neers staged a dra­matic come­back in the sec­ond half.

Pi­rates’ ef­forts fi­nally paid off when Them­binkosi Lorch con­verted from in­side the Wits box af­ter he was al­lowed space and time in the 69th minute.

Happy Jele who brought Pi­rates back into the game when he equalised with a header from a Memela free kick 15 min­utes from full­time.

Memela was brought down in ex­tra time and Vic­tor Gomes pointed to the spot. Wits play­ers hud­dled around him in protest and Elias Pelembe was sent off.

Lepasa con­fi­dently beat Goss with a solid shot to his right while the keeper dived left. Mo­tupa put a span­ner in the works when he equalised for Wits just a minute to the end of ex­tra time.

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