By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
At MBOMBELA STADIUM
IT is a mission accomplished for Orlando Pirates coach, Ruud Krol after he guided the Soweto giants to cap their 2010/11 season with three titles.
This after the Ghosts went on rampage, beating Black Leopards 3-1 in the final match of the Nedbank Cup played at the sold-out Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit this afternoon to lift the 2010/11edition’ title.
Pirates who suffered some early first half night-mares after Lidoda Duvha took the game to them seemed they were going to lose this one, but it was not meant to be and thanks to Isaac Chansa and Thulasizwe Mbuyane who scored three three goals.
Leopards have had their fair chances to wrap the match in the first half as they attacked from the first whistle, but only to be disappointed by the likes ofMongezi Bobe, Rodney Ramagalela and Robert Ng’ambi who were either shooting wide or straight into the Pirates goalkeeper, Senzo Meyiwa.
The two sides were dead-locked to a goalless at half-time, and Leopards came back strongly in the second half and they were finally rewarded in the 55th minute when they saw the back of the net via Mongezi Bobe who slotted home a thunderous shot from a free kick that deflected from Rooi Mahamutsa before it could beat the bewildered Senzo Meyiwa..
The goal seemed to have motivated Pirates to regroup who rose from their death-camp and started to pile pressure on the Limpopo-based side.
The mighty Buccaneers’ effort finally paid-off when Isaac Chansa levelled the matters after he connected Thulasizwe Mbuyane’s cross, much to the roaring huge crowd.
As if that was not enough, Thulasizwe Mbuyane increased the Ghosts’ tally to 2-1 two minutes later. This after the Mamelodi-born striker had capitalised on Leopards’s goalie, Azwindile Maphaha failed to clear Andile Jali’s earlier attempt, allowing the approaching Mbuyane to head home his a rebonding ball in the 72nd minutes.
To add salt to the injury, Leopards were reduced to ten men after referee, Robert Sithole gave Moses Kwena his marching orders in the late minuted of the game.
Mbuyane put the matters beyond doubt when he braced himself after tapping home the live-wired Jali’s pass with an easy goal in the 87th minute.
The Ke Yona Cup achievement comes hardly a week after Pirates celebrated their Absa Premiership title when they beat Golden Arrows 2-1 to lift their first league title in eight years, and the Nedbank Cup feat in their third title after having won the MTN 8 earlier in the season.