By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
ORLANDO Pirates’ Lennox Bacela is topping the chart of the 13 goals which were scored in the quarter-finals of the MTN 8 which started on Friday through to this afternoon.
Bacela was on top of his game this afternoon, steering the mighty Buccaneers to come back down from a deficit on two occasions to beat SuperSport United 4-3 on penalties in the quarter-final match of this competition dubbed Wafa Wafa.
Pirates started this highly voltage match played at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, Mpumalanga on a high note, but only to suffered some night-mares late in the match when they were caught nabbing as Matsatsantsa A Pitori put pressure on them, forcing the Soweto side to concede an early goal by Thabo Matlaba in the 31st minutes of the match. The scoreboard read 1-0 to United at the break.
Pirates however came back strongly in the second half and it came as no surprise when the red-like hot iron Bacela levelled the matters in the 61st minute to force the match to extra-time.
Substitute, Mogogi Gabonamong silenced Pirates’ strong crowds when he slotted home United’ second goal three minutes from the third half, but Bacela was not done yet as he levelled the matters ten minutes later to force the game into penalties in which he converted one of those penalties.
Today’s match was the continuation of three other good matches which produced nine goals.
In the opening match of the competition, BidVest Wits under their new coach, Gavin Hunt who is known as a cup specialist, went on a rampage when they beat the visiting Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 at the BidVest Stadium. Sibusiso Vilakazi, Getaneh Gebede and Papy Taty scored all the three goals.
The drama continued yesterday at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng, North West’s platinum dorbie when Platinum Stars brushed aside Free State Stars with a 3-0 drubbing with goals scored by Benson Mhlongo, Sphelele Mthembu and Mogalodi Ngele.
Later last night it was Kaizer Chiefs’ turn to show what they are capable of, and not to be outdone, they like wise scored three goals as opposed to nothing from their opponents, University of Pretoria. This time it was not their strikers who did the trick, but two of those goals came from the feet of their defenders Tefu Mashamaite, Eric Mathoho before Sphiwe Tshabalala could complete their score-bar to three.