Soccer lovers had an entertaining day in South Africa when the two most loved teams in the rainbow nation were fighting for bragging rights at FNB.
Kaizer Chiefs were out to end Orlando Pirates’ dominance in the Carling Black Label Cup when the two Soweto giants locked horns in Johannesburg.
The Naturena boys without their captain Simphiwe Tshabalala out-classed Orlando Pirates to claim a second Carling Black Label Champion Cup title at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
Erick Mathoho and Lewis Macha scored the goals for the AmaKhosi who might have scored more goals after dominating the game against their arch-rivals.
Chiefs were in control from the onset and dominated the possession, but they were unable to create a single chance during the first 20 minutes. The glamour boys had the first chance in the box in the 30th minute, but it was ruled out after Brighton Mhlongo had been fouled.
The teams went into the break locked at 0-0.
Amakhosi began the second-half brightly with Hendrick Ekstein forcing Brighton Mhlongo into a great save just three minutes after the restart.
The dealock was finally broken in the 58th minute when Mathoho rushed quickly to Parker’s shot which rebounded off the crossbar and landed into his way to slot it home to make it one nil.
In the 64th minute, Bucs pushed forward in numbers with Thabo Matlaba dribbling past his marker before unleashing a good shot which was parried away by Itumeleng Khune in Chiefs goal.
The Zambian international, Lewis Macha made sure of the win four minutes into injury-time when he headed home a second goal after a fine cross from the right flank.
After the game, Chiefs coach, Steve “Professor” Kompela praised him for showing an outstanding performance.
“I thought for a pre-season match against Orlando Pirates, we performed well, we also got a result, because in any match you are always looking at the performance,” said Komphela.
On the other hand, the coach of the losing team, Muhsin Ertugal accepted the defeat and ssid this is part of the building a new team after taking over from Tinkler few months ago.
“I thought in the first half, we could have gone into the dressing with a goal, but we couldn’t utilise the chance we had. I think the second half was much better, but we made a blunder which made us to concede a second goal. But we congratulate Kaizer Chiefs for taking the trophy to Naturena”, said Muhsin.