Orlando Pirates have booked their place in the MTN8 semifinals for the first time since 2014 after beating 10-man Cape Town City 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
A solitary goal by debutant Terrence Dzvukamanja led Pirates to a hard-fought victory over CT City in Soweto.
After a couple of shaky early moments in defence for the hosts, two debutants in Dzvukamanja and Wayde Jooste connected to put Pirates ahead in the 22nd minute of the game.
A few minutes later, the Citizens were in trouble as they were reduced to ten men after Fagrie Lakay was red-carded for a lunging tackle on Jooste’s ankle.
The score could easily have been doubled, considering the chances that Pirates spurned in the second half. Intermittently, a handful of scoring chances surfaced at both ends of the field.
In the end, the Soweto giants managed to hold on to their 1-0 lead and advance to the semifinal round.
The Buccaneers also handed debuts to Deon Hotto and Terrence Dzvukamanja while another debutant Thulani Hlatshwayo was given the captain’s armband.
Pirates became the second team to earn their spot in the MTN8 semifinals after SuperSport United edged out Premiership newcomers Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) 3-2 at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
MTN quarterfinal fixtures, Sunday, 18 October
Kaizer Chiefs v Maritzburg United (15:00) FNB Stadium
Mamelodi Sundowns v Bloemfontein Celtic (18:00) Lucas Moripe Stadium
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By FARPost Reporter