Bucs nail Leopards

2011-05-28 19:49

Rudi Krol once more evaded questions regarding his future with Orlando Pirates despite guiding the club to a rare treble.

The normally straight-faced Dutch-born mentor, as everyone got to know him in his three-year spell with Pirates, was in an usual jolly mood when he addressed the media at the post-match conference yesterday.

He again opted a diplomatic route in his response to the “where to now?” question.

“I am going first to celebrate and go up and down the podium at the awards,” he said in reference to the PSL end of the season awards ceremony in Johannesburg tonight.

“I will then go on holiday,” he added, leaving his answer hanging.

As he reflected on his tenure with the Buccaneers, Krol rolled back the agony of losing the championships to SuperSport United with goal difference two seasons ago right up to the drama that handed him the elusive silverware in the final year of his contract.

“The second was a crazy season. Lots of matches in a short space of time as the national team was preparing for the World Cup.”

One of the turning points for his side, he said, was the bold decision to discard midfielder Teko Modise in January. “His behaviour was not good and I told the management,” he revealed for the first time at the post-final press conference.

By lifting the Nedbank Cup yesterday, Pirates completed a treble in a season they reached all the major cup finals and banked over R20 million in competition prize money – R8 million from the MTN8 and R8 million from yesterday’s Nedbank Cup – on top of the R10 million they got for annexing the Absa Premiership last weekend.

Isaac Chansa cancelled out Mongezi Bobe’s freekick goal in the 54th minute and Thulasizwe Mbuyane followed up with a brace in the 75th and 89th minutes to seal the deal for Bucs.

Leopards took home R2.5 million as runners-up and a spot in the CAF Confederations Cup as Pirates will compete in the Champions League by virtue of being the league champions.

Lidoda Duvha’s meaningful break arrived on the quarter-hour mark when midfielder Raymond Monama set Bobe on the right flank but striker Rodney Ramagalela reacted fractionally late to the final pass at the far post.

Mayambela’s introduction for Bongani Ndulula proved to be the turning point for Bucs.

After being under siege for the better part in the opening 20 minutes of the second half, Bucs rose from ashes like the proverbial phoenix and pumped in late goals in quick succession through Isaac Chansa and Thulasiwe Mbuyane.

Pirates, who have been nominated in almost every category in the PSL awards, will embark on a ticker-tape parade in Joburg tomorrow.

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