We’re on track – Vladimir Vermezovic after Pirates beat Chiefs on penalties

2014-07-26 19:44

Orlando Pirates grabbed a dramatic 6-5 victory over Kaizer Chiefs on penalties to win the Carling Black Label Cup at FNB Stadium.

The victory has helped coach Vladimir “VV” Vermezovic in making up his mind on the starting line-up for the Buccaneers’ MTN8 Cup fixture next weekend.

Pirates face SuperSport United in the quarterfinal at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

Speaking at the postmatch conference after the win, Vermezovic said: “We’re on track. I’m closer to getting to [figure out] our starting line-up in the MTN8. It’s important to play Chiefs and always a pleasure to play here – there is no exhibition match [between the two clubs]. After four weeks of preparations, it’s time to refresh.”

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter said: “We entered the game in a correct spirit. It was an entertaining game for the fans and the penalties was a great drama for the crowd.”

The low point in the match was the injuries to Pirates defender Happy Jele and Amakhosi striker Kingson Nkhatha.

Jele received a blow on his chest, and Baxter said he would wait for a scan to reveal the extent of the strain in Nkhatha’s thigh muscle.

Meanwhile, the organisers said 16.9 million votes were cast for the starting line-up and more than 100 000 streamed in at the time of making the substitutions during the game.

The game saw two guest coaches taking charge of the tradition-steeped Soweto clubs before a packed FNB Stadium.

Cornelius Motsepe guided Pirates while Tebogo Molekwa coached Chiefs on the day.

Pirates defender Thabo Matlaba was the hero for his followers when his spot kick ended a dramatic sudden-death penalty shootout after the game had ended goalless in regulation time.

Chiefs midfielder George Maluleka might have felt that the football gods were not smiling on him after his two attempts from the spot kick rattled the crossbar – one during normal time and another during the postmatch kicks.

The win for Pirates was the third over Chiefs as the Buccaneers won the inaugural version of the Cup in 2011 and 2012.

How the penalty shootout unfolded:

Chiefs: Mandla Masango (scored), Maluleka (missed), Josta Dladla (scored), George Lebese (scored), Mulomowandau Mathoho (missed), Mthembu (scored), Tefu Mashamaite (saved), Siboniso Gaxa (missed)

Pirates: Lennox Bacela (scored), Oupa Manyisa (scored), Siyabonga Sangweni (missed), Mpho Makola (scored), Sarr (scored), Seanego Maselaelo (saved), Thandani Ntshumayelo (scored), Rooi Mahamutsa (saved), Thabo Matlaba (scored)

» Read City Press newspaper tomorrow for the full match report

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