Nedbank Cup officials will add Orlando Pirates to the list of clubs going into the semi-final draw after an extra-time 2-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns at Lucas Moripe Stadium. The sea robbers who played much of the match with 10 men following the dismissal of defender Edwin Gyimah played an inspired extra time after a master stroke change to bring on Qalinge turned the game on its head.
Man of the match Brighton Mhlongo:“I always make jokes with Ndoro when he says “clean sheet” and I say “ngizo vala wena faga 1.” We always encourage each other because I know if he scores, he puts me under pressure because that means I need to keep a clean sheet.”
Victorious coach Eric Tinkler says: “The game today was the 2nd most important of our season, since the Confederation Cup Final. Because firstly it takes away the doubters, proving that we deserve to be where we are. Because we are a good team. And that this happened through the hard work and the alliance between the players and the technical team
Orlando Pirates FC had 14 Men of the Match out there today”
Loosing coach Pitso Mosimane says:”the game came out the way we expected. And my players responded according to the game plan. But the result now proves that this team is not ready for three titles.”
Orlando Pirates will buccaneer their way to the final as they face tenacious Bethlehem outfit of Free State Stars, while the giant killing Baroka FC will be hosted by SuperSport United in the Semi-finals of Nedbank Cup