Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Orlando Pirates: Majoro hands Chiefs Carling Black Label title
A first half strike from Lehlohonolo Majoro was enough to hand Chiefs their first Carling Black Label Cup at the expense of Pirates
By Ernest Makhaya
First action of the game came inside the opening three minutes when Tlou Segolela played a neat pass to Happy Jele outside the Kaizer Chiefs box, but the Orlando Pirates full-back failed to hit the target.
Chiefs should have taken the lead in the 9th minute after a defensive blunder from Rooi Mahamutsa, but George Lebese had too many touches inside the Pirates box and allowed Jele to recover and clear for a corner.
AmaKhosi won a free-kick in the 13th minute as they continue to pile pressure on their opponents, but Bernard Parker’s curler could not trouble Senzo Meyiwa.
Andile Jali and Thabo Matlaba supplied the isolated Collins Mbesuma with a few good balls, but Tefu Mashamaite and Eric Mathoho often came out tops.
Pirates had a good chance to go in front in the 23rd minute after dispossessing Khune pass outside the penalty area, but Sifiso Myeni’s effort went over the bar with Khune off his line.
On 29 minutes, Reneilwe Letsholonyane brought Ndumiso Mabena down outside the Chiefs penalty box, but the Buccaneers failed to capitalize.
Chiefs nearly broke the deadlock in the 35th minute when Mashamaite’s powerful header, from Siphiwe Tshabalala’s corner, was cleared off the line by Jali with Meyiwa well beaten.
However, AmaKhosi deservedly took the lead in the 40th minute through Lehlohonolo Majoro who hammered his shot past Meyiwa from a rebound, after Parker’s powerful header came off the cross bar from Lebese’s well played cross.
Pirates hit back immediately with Mbesuma beating the offside trap, but Mashamaite provided a vital block to deny Pirates the equalizer.
The PSL champions had a chance to double their lead on the stroke of half-time, but Tshabalala’s long range shot was comfortably saved by Meyiwa, as the first 45 minutes came to an end.
Pirates started the second half on the attacking mode as they looked for an early equalizer, but the Chiefs defence was always equal to the task.
Chiefs introduced Knowledge Musona for Majoro in the 50th minute while Daine Klate came on for Myeni as the fans had their last chance to vote for their favourite players.
Just after the introduction of Kermit Erasmus and Lennox Bacela in the 56th minute, Pirates won a free-kick in a dangerous area, and it was Klate who took the responsibility.
However, his well taken free-kick was brilliantly tipped over the bar by Itumeleng Khune.
Pirates made several attempts as the pressure continued to mount, but nothing came out of those chances as AmaKhosi defence held firm.
Knowledge Musona should have done better in the 69th minute when the ball fell kindly to him in the Pirates box, but the Chiefs striker ballooned his shot way over the bar.
The Buccaneers won a free-kick outside the Chiefs box in the 75th minute, but again failed to capitalize.
Erasmus should have made it 1-1 in the 79th minute after some enterprising football between him and Bacela, but the former SuperSport United forward was tightly marked as AmaKhosi cleared to safety.
Chiefs nearly double their lead in the last 10 minutes when Musona pick Lebese in the Pirates box, but Lucky Lekgwathi produced a fine block.
Erasmus came close in the 88th minute, but his powerful strike was brilliantly punched away by Khune who had an outstanding game so far.
Pirates added more bodies into the Chiefs half as AmaKhosi had Musona upfront, but it was never to be as the game ended 1-0 in favour of Kaizer Chiefs.
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