Students take Bucs to school
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.