Vincent Pule of Orlando Pirates celebrates a goal with teammates during the Telkom Knockout Last 16 Orlando Pirates and Chip United on the 20 October 2018 at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg / Pic Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix
Saturday Oct 20, 2018. 22:16
Orlando Pirates have edged their way into the next round of the Telkom Knockout after they defeated Chippa United 1-0 in Soweto on Saturday.
Vincent Pule scored the only goal of the game in an an evenly-matched encounter between the Buccaneers and the Chilli Boys on a cold evening at Orland Stadium.
Chippa got away with an early defensive clanger as Augutine Mulenga looked to stay on his feet in the 18-yard area rather than tumble under a clumsy challenge – which surely would have brought the hosts a penalty kick.
On 16 minutes Pirates created another opening in attack, but this time midfielder Xola Mlambo headed over the crossbar, failing to trouble Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
The Chilli Boys grew into the game and the likes of Kurt Lentjies and Mark Mayambela became influential figures, with the former particularly unlucky to be flagged offside in a very promising position just after the half hour mark.
In the 36th minute Chippa needed Akpeyi to make a fine save, as Justin Shonga turned on the edge of the box and got a shot away, only to be denied by an acrobatic stop from the Nigerian ‘keeper. The away side soon made a tactical switch as Mayambela was withdrawn to allow former Pirates man Daine Klate to come on, but the game remained goalless up to the half-time break.
Pirates made a change at the start of the second half as they introduced Vincent Pule in place of Mulenga, and Shonga went close to opening the scoring as he whipped a shot direct from a free kick just wide of Akpeyi’s right-hand post.
Bucs went even closer to a goal in the 56th minute, as a penalty box melee in the wake of a corner kick saw Brazilian defender Marcelo da Silva slide in and direct a shot onto the upright, while Chippa soon spurned a great chance of their own on a counter attack.
A goal at either end seemed destined to arrive and on the hour mark the deadlock was finally broken: Pirates went 1-0 up through Pule, who turned home a hard, low cross from Mlambo after some poor defending from the Eastern Cape side.
Chippa turned to veteran attacker Andile Mbenyane to try and get them back in the contest, but Pirates showed good game management and were able to see out the narrow 1-0 win and advance into the quarterfinals.
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Pule 60’)
Chippa United 0
Pirates: Mabokgwane, Mobara, Jele, Marcelo, Maela, Motshwari, Nyatama (Makola 80’), Mlambo (Kutumela 70’), Lorch, Shonga, Mulenga (Pule 46’)
Chippa: Akpeyi, Malepe, Nsabiyumva, Macheke, Mokeke, Rakhale, Sangweni (Mbenyane 78’), Tlolane, Gamildien, Mayambela (Klate 42’), Lentjies (Manzini 59’)