Benson Mhlongo (m) congratulated after he scored by Siphelele Mthembu (l) and Robert Ngambi (r) of Platinum Stars during the 2013 MTN8 Quarter Final football match between Platinum Stars and Free State Stars , Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg on the
Tuesday Aug 07, 2018. 11:00
The 2013 MTN8 saw Platinum Stars win the competition for the first time, overcoming nine-time champions Orlando Pirates in the final at Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium.
It was a stunning triumph for the Rustenburg club and coach Allan Freese, who at the time was not even signed on a permanent contract following the departure of Cavin Johnson to SuperSport United.
Stars’ run to the trophy began with an impressive 3-0 destruction of Free State Stars in the quarterfinals. The other matches at this stage of the competition saw Bidvest Wits defeat Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0, Kaizer Chiefs overcame University of Pretoria by the same score line and Orlando Pirates edged SuperSport United on penalties after the teams played to a thrilling 2-2 draw.
The two-legged semifinals saw the Buccaneers claim the bragging rights against Soweto rivals Chiefs with a 2-1 aggregate win (Lennox Bacela’s late penalty in the second leg was the decisive moment of the tie), while Stars crushed Gavin Hunt’s Wits 6-3 on aggregate to earn their first appearance in the MTN8 final.
The big match in Durban saw Dikwena open the scoring through Robert N’gambi early in the second half, but a Thabo Matlaba thunderbolt sent the match to extra time at 1-1 and, ultimately, penalties. Pirates then proceeded to miss three of their kicks, handing Stars a 3-1 penalty shootout win and their first MTN8 title.
2013 MTN8 Champions: Platinum Stars (1st title)
2013 MTN8 Top Goal Scorer(s): Siphelele Mthembu & Robert Ng’ambi (both Stars), 3 goals each
2013 MTN8 Last Man Standing award: Robert Ng’ambi (Stars)