Maluti FET College 4-1 Orlando Pirates: Buccaneers humbled by brilliant Maluti
Maluti FET College humiliated a lackluster Orlando Pirates on Saturday afternoon with a stunning Nedbank Cup win
By Daniel Eslick
The underdogs stunned the Buccaneers with two first half goals from Lucky Mokoena and Mashale Rantabane, sending the lower league team’s supporters into dreamland.
But the intrigue did not stop there, as Mokoena netted a third for Maluti with a superb header in the second half, only for Oupa Manyisa to put Pirates onto the score-sheet minutes later.
The seven time champions could not find any more inspiration in the final third and were eventually punished for poor defending as Rantabane found the fourth goal for the amateur side, securing a famous win for the students of Maluti FET College.
The team which plays in two divisions lower than Orlando Pirates, took only 47 seconds to score the opening goal of the match, with their leading scorer and captain Lucky Mokoena catching an out of position Senzo Meyiwa cold with a surging run and shot which found the back of the net despite a desperate dive from Bheki Nzunga.
The lower league sides’ dream match continued as a quality delivery allowed for Mashale Rantabane to head home past Meyiwa with a well-timed diving effort which gave his side an unbelievable 2-0 lead with 25 minutes on the clock.
Maluti FET College had left Pirates in a state of disbelief and the Buccaneers frustration was on show as the hosts’ defenders continued to stifle their attacking efforts and their frontmen exposed the Buccaneer’s defensive fragility on occasion with some fine counter-attacking play.
In the dying embers of the half Oupa Manyisa sent in a chipped effort towards goal but his shot was dramatically cleared off the line, meaning the first stanza ended with the shock score-line still intact.
Roger de Sa would have implored his side to improve in the second half and made his attacking intentions known with a double change, bringing on two strikers in the form of Takesure Chinyama and Ndumiso Mabena.
Sixteen minutes into the second half the extraordinary occurred once more, as sloppy Pirates defending was punished by Mokoena. The captain latched onto an inviting cross and sent in a looping header over a flailing Senzo Meyiwa, securing a third goal for the amateur side.
Minutes later the fourth goal was on hand for Maluti, as an innocuous penalty was awarded to the hosts, but Mokoena could not beat Meyiwa with a weak low effort, a save which kept Bucs within touching distance of their opponents.
The missed penalty was punished immediately by Pirates, as Happy Jele provided a square pass into the path of Oupa Manyisa, whose low drive scrambled into the goal via a deflection and the fingertips of the Maluti goalkeeper Khuse.
Maluti’s fitness levels and inexperience was put to the test as the match entered its final twenty minutes and Pirates surged forward in numbers.
But the amateur side did not let up and found a fourth goal via the head of Rantabane in the 80th minute, with the defender's second goal dumping Pirates out of the Nedbank Cup and ensuring his team secured heroic status in Qwaqwa and throughout South Africa.