The Dube birds kick Pirates out of the MTN8 Quarter final
Moroka Swallows defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 to advance in the MTN8 Semi-Finals. The original Soweto Derby took place at the Orlando stadium.
The defeat of the Buccaneers meant that for this season, they would not defend their MTN8 title. The opening goal came with Ruzaigh Gamildien in the first 16 minutes. As Matlaba moved towards the box, Makaringe tapped him from behind, which resulted into a free kick that was converted by Gamildien. At 23 minutes, Gamildien scored a second goal, as a result of an error judgment from Richard Ofori.
Ofori tried to clear the ball, that spun off to find Gamildien who then successfully placed it from the net.
Just 15 minutes before half time, Swallows goalkeeper, Virgil Vries created a penalty that was
scored by Kabelo Dlamini.
Moroka Swallows coach, Brandon Truter, said he did not clearly see how the penalty was awarded.
“Yes we conceded a goal, everybody is still rusty, it’s our first game. I’ll put it down to the officials as well, rusty. But, I didn’t see the penalty. There was lot of traffic in front of us, even the offside goal I’ll give it to them,” he stated.
The Orlando Pirates coach, Joseph Zinnbauer, said his team did not create enough chances in the final third.
“The second half was much better, we needed a bout of luck, but if you don’t have luck you lose
confidence. We always pass and pass again inside the box, but we do not shot.”
The number of injured players at Orlando Pirates, negatively affected the teams performance causing them to start off on a bad foot.
“We had a bad start in terms of the result. Our performance from minute to minute was much better. But, yeah as you can see Mako & Maela are not available, they’re injured. Sam was playing for the first time there, but it’s not only Sam, the entire build up was not good enough,” said Zinnbauer.
In the next feature, Pirates will face Stellenbosch FC in the opening match of DSTV Premiership that
will kick off on Saturday, 21 August.