Pirates lead Chiefs 6-5 in Knockout wins

2015-11-11 06:01
PHOTO: gallo images  History shows that Orlando Pirates have had an upper hand against Kaizer Chiefs in cup competitions. It remains to be seen whether the Buccanneers will be able to keep this record after the two teams play in the Telkom Knockout o

PHOTO: gallo images History shows that Orlando Pirates have had an upper hand against Kaizer Chiefs in cup competitions. It remains to be seen whether the Buccanneers will be able to keep this record after the two teams play in the Telkom Knockout o

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THE Telkom Knockout semi-final draw which had Kaizer Chiefs thrown up against Orlando Pirates has renewed a domestic cup rivalry that has been dominated by the Buccaneers.

In the history of the modern-day PSL stretching back to August 1996, although Chiefs have brought more cups to their base in Naturena than Pirates, Ezimnyama Ngenkani will go into that semi-final carrying the psychological edge of knowing that history favours them.

Pirates have won six while Amakhosi have won five, with the other two finishing as draws in the 13 matches that have been contested as cup games by the two biggest clubs in South Africa.

However, whenever Chiefs have won a semi-final against Pirates they have gone on to finish as champions of that cup competition.

The last cup meeting was as recent as last year when Tefu Mashamaite’s soft header made the difference in the 2014 MTN8 Final at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

The previous season Daine Klate scored the winner in the first leg of the 2013 MTN8 semi-final with the return finishing off in a 1-1 draw as Pirates progressed 2-1 on aggregate.

Prior to that Bucs overcame Amakhosi 1-0 in the Final of the 2011 MTN8 with Oupa Manyisa’s drive from range leaving Itumeleng Khune baffled.

In 2010 Pirates again had the better of Chiefs in the MTN8, winning that year’s two-legged semi-final 2-1 on aggregate after Katlego Mashego scored the sole goal that made the difference in the second leg after the reverse leg had finished in a one-all draw.

However, that same season Chiefs had huge smiles on their faces after humiliating Pirates 3-0 in the 2010 Telkom Knockout Final – the last time the Soweto rivals were pitted against each other in this competition.

In 2009 Amakhosi again had the better of their rivals in the Telkom Knockout semi-finals, winning 3-0 on penalties after the contest had finished goalless after extra-time. Chiefs went on to be crowned Telkom champions that year after overcoming Ajax Cape Town in the final.

So since Telkom took over as sponsors of the League cup, the Soweto derby has been played out twice with Chiefs winning both and eventually finishing off as cup winners on those two occasions.

Chiefs were also dancing after the 2006 Absa Cup final as they won 5-3 on penalties against Pirates after the match had finished 0-0 after extra-time.

Prior to that Amakhosi had again won, beating Bucs 1-0 in the 2001 BP Top Eight semi-finals. Chiefs went on to win the BP Top Eight of that year.

Then in the 1998/99 season in the Rothmans Cup semi-finals Chiefs won 3-1 in the first leg before losing the second leg by a single goal, but still went through to the Final as 3-2 aggregate winners. Again Chiefs went on to lift the trophy after beating Mamelodi Sundowns on penalties in a thrilling final on November 28, 1998 at FNB Stadium.

So on all the three occasions that Chiefs have won a semi-final against Pirates they have gone on to win that competition.

The first two cup meetings of the PSL era between the two Soweto giants were won by Pirates with Sam Pam Junior’s fifth-minute strike making the difference in the 1997-98 season Bob Save Super Bowl second round.

Then in the first ever cup meeting of the PSL era during the 1996/97 season – which was a Bob Save Super Bowl semi-final – Pirates won 4-1 with Jerry Sikhosana slamming a hat-trick and Helman Mkhalele adding the fourth. Pirates went on to beat Jomo Cosmos in the final with Andries “Local is Lekker” Sebola scoring the winner.

So as it stands in cup games, Pirates have the edge with six wins over Chiefs’ five with another two finishing off as draws.

If Chiefs manage to overcome Pirates on the weekend of November 7-8 then they will know that history favours them finishing off as champions. Chiefs haven’t won this particular competition since 2010 while Pirates last won it in 2011. – KickOff.com

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