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Chiefs Legends Edge Out Pirates Legends In Dramatic Shootout

  • May 18, 2024
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Chiefs Legends Edge Out Pirates Legends In Dramatic Shootout

Kaizer Chiefs legends emerged victorious over their bitter rivals legends of Orlando Pirates 13-12 in a dramatic penalty shootout following a goalless draw in a match held at the Dondotha Sport Complex on Saturday.

The encounter served as a tribute to former Pirates defender and skipper Siyabonga Sangweni. KZN MEC Ntuthuko Mahlaba graced the occasion, adding significance to the clash between two of South Africa’s finest teams featuring past legends.

Chiefs fielded a starting XI boasting Brian Baloyi, Tefu Mashamaite, Cyril Nzama, Bevan Fransman, Nhlanhla Kubheka, Willard Katsande, Josta Dladla, Thuso Phala, Jabu Mahlangu, Collins Mbesuma, and Siyabonga Nomvethe. Brilliant Khuzwayo, Derrick Spencer, Mandla Masango, David Radebe, and Reneilwe Letsholonyane provided support from the bench.

Sangweni, being honored in his hometown of Dondotha, started with Lucky Shiburi in goals, Lele Mabe, Innocent Chikoya, Sangweni, Abedi Netshodwe, Naughty Mokoena, Thapelo Liau, Joseph Ngake, Lebo Mokoena, Thami Sangweni, and Jerry Sikhosana. Bennet Chenene, OJ Mabizela, Thandani Ntshumayelo, Solly Mathe, and Edward Malinga awaited their turn on the substitutes’ bench.

Pirates appeared the sharper side, with Sangweni, Liau, “Cheeseboy” Mokoena, and “Naughty” Mokoena displaying impressive energy. For Chiefs, Bhele showcased his signature runs and flicks, linking up effectively with Phala, who, alongside Kubheka and Fransman, maintained their agility.

Chiefs introduced Letsholonyane, Radebe, and Khuzwayo in the second half to inject some attacking impetus, while Pirates opted for a single substitution with Ntshumayo entering shortly before the restart.

The match ultimately ended in a goalless draw, a somewhat predictable outcome considering the nature of these two sides’ encounter.

Penalties were required to settle the contest, with Chiefs emerging triumphant in front of a healthy Dondotha crowd that had gathered to pay tribute to the decorated defender, Sangweni, who enjoyed success with Golden Arrows, Pirates, and the South African national team (Bafana Bafana).

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