Category : Football | Posted on 2020-10-17 By : Rob Delport Image : @OfficialPSL
Orlando Pirates became the second team to qualify for the MTN8 semi-finals, when they beat 10 man Cape Town City 1-0 on Saturday evening.
Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer gave starting debuts to four of his new signings, also handing the captain’s armband to one of them, Thulani Hlatshwayo.
While City started brightly, it was Terrence Dzvukamanja who gave Pirates the lead in the 23 minute, as he combined with another debutant, Wayde Jooste, heading in Jooste’s good cross from the right to make it 1-0.
Things got worse for City when Fagrie Lakay was shown a straight red card for a tackle on Jooste in the 33rd minute.
Pirates should have scored a second in the 54th minute, with City goalkeeper Peter Leeuwenburgh caught at sea after initially denying Vincent Pule, but Abbubaker Mobara was able to clear Dzvukamanja's follow-up effort off the line.
Despite being down to ten, City pushed for an equaliser and came close to scoring in the 64th minute when Thabo Nodada's effort from outside the area just skimmed the roof of the net.
Pirates had a good chance with five minutes to go when substitute Zakele Lepasa broke free, but his attempted shot was well saved by an approaching Leeuwenburgh.
Leeuwenburgh was back in action a few minutes later to deny another substitute, Kabelo Dlamini, from close range.
Mobara came close in stoppage time with a cross-come-shot that went narrowly wide, but it was not to be for the Cape Town team, as Pirates held on for the victory.
Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Hlatshwayo, Nyauza, Jooste, Ndlovu, Motshwari, Makaringe, Pule, Hotto (Tlolane '65), Mhango (Lepasa '80), Dzvukamanja (Dlamini '65)
Cape Town City: Leeuwenburgh, Edmilson, Mobara, Fielies, Mkhize, Mokeke (Kewuti '88), Nodada, Roberts (Makola '86), Mdantsane (Morris '46), Martin, Lakay (Red Card '33)
OP 1 (Dzvukamanja ’23)