Pirates have a chance to end their trophy drought
Orlando Pirates booked their spot in the semi-final of the MTN8 after defeating Kaizer Chiefs in the 2-0 (5-0 on aggregate) at FNB stadium.
Linda Mntambo and Fortune Makaringe’s goals gave pirates a perfect win over struggling Chiefs, and they will face Bloemfontein Celtics in the finals of the competition which will give them a chance to end their six-year trophy drought.
Chiefs were hoping for a comeback after a 3-0 loss in the first leg of the competition last month but conceded two late goals which saw them exit the competition.
Orlando Pirates coach, Josef Zinnbauer returned from Germany on Sunday morning and was happy with a win and the performance of his players.
“I am happy about this, congratulations to the team, congratulations to [Deon] Hotto as the best player [man of the match] on this day, yeah i am happy,” he said in his post-match interview.
Zinnbauer left the country after the first leg match to be with his family, after his son was involved in a car accident.
Deon Hotto who is a recent signing from Bidvest Wits, made two assists and was a crucial addition in attacking and penetrating chiefs’ defence. The Namibian international believes that with the team’s performance, they can go all the way to winning the trophy.
“This victory is very big. It’s a huge achievement getting to the final and we are looking to go all the way. With the quality we have in the team we can go all the way and achieve better things in the future,” added the 29-year old.
Fans were happy with the performance of the team and the result, and believe this is the opportunity for Pirates to end their trophy drought.
Mpilo Zulu, DUT student and a Pirates fan was excited with the result against their rivals and believes Pirates will finally win something.
“This is the season that pirates can finally end their 7-year trophy drought and with the type of football they are playing, I am confident we will win the competition.” said Zulu.
Pirates have won the MTN8 two times, and this will be an opportunity to add the third but will have the toughest opponents to overcome as Celtics defeated Sundowns and Supersport to claim the spot in the finals.
Pirates won the MTN8 in 2011 and Celtics have not been not been champions of this competition since 2005 when it was known as SAA super 8.
Another Pirates fan, Sakhile Masuku said they have waited a very long time for the team to win something and they are confident that now is the time.
“It has been a long time waiting for trophies and I can say this team looks promising to deliver something for us as fans and for the club as well.” said Masuku.