Platinum Stars clinched their first ever MTN8 title when they defeated Orlando Pirates 3-1 on penalties at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.
Robert Ng’ambi fired Stars ahead early in the second half, but Thabo Matlaba equalised with less than ten minutes left on the clock to force the match into extra time and then penalties.
Dikwena applied the early pressure and came close to breaking the deadlock in the fourth minute through former Pirates player Siphelele Mthembu, but he saw his effort deflected wide of goal.
However, Pirates started to control the midfield and eventually had their first chance in the 21st minute with Kermit Erasmus stinging Siyabonga Mpontshane’s palms from outside the box.
Willar Katsande and Patrick Phungwayo
Orlando Pirates booked a place in the MTN8 final after playing to a 1-1 draw with Kaizer Chiefs in the second leg of their semifinal at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.
Goals from Bernard Parker and Lennox Bacela saw the match locked at 1-1 after 90 minutes, but Bucs advanced 2-1 on aggregate thanks to a 1-0 win in the first leg last month.
Chiefs settled the quicker of the two teams and proceeded to dominate possession in the middle of the park, forcing Bucs onto the back foot.
Their first real effort at goal arrived in the 13th minute when a Knowledge Musona shot from a tight angle was well saved by Senzo Meyiwa.
Stuart Baxter and Roger de Sa
Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs reach a derby milestone on Tuesday with the 150th competitive clash between the two sides, stretching back to their first meeting in early 1970.
This includes five matches abandoned by crowd violence and tragedy, including the Ellis Park disaster of 2001.
The two teams meet Tuesday in the semi-final second leg of the MTN8 at the Orlando Stadium, which used to be the traditional home of the Soweto derby but since been usurped by Soccer City.
It will be the 60th time it is played at the Orlando Stadium, still the spiritual home of the derby, in comparison to 51 at Soccer City.
Bennett Chenene struck four minutes from the end of regulation time to hand Moroka Swallows a 2-1 win over SuperSport United in the MTN8 final at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
Matsatsantsa had opened the scoring early through Franklin Cale, only to be pegged back in the first half by a cracker from Giorgi Nergadze. Chenene then popped up late on to score for the fifth successive game and hand the Birds their first Top Eight trophy for 33 years.
The Soweto side brought goalkeeper Greg Etafia back into the starting line-up at the expense of the in-form Aubrey Mathibe, while Katlego Mashego started up front despite Siyabonga Nomvethe having recovered from injury.
There were goals galore in the quarterfinals of the 2012 MTN8 with two goals or more scored in every game except the opening fixture of the top eight tournament.
Kicking off the MTN8 competition was the defending Champions, Orlando Pirates, as they narrowly beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Friday night.
It was not the best performance from the Buccaneers and it took a speculative penalty eight minutes from time to hand them victory as Andile Jali converted the only goal from the spot-kick.
There was only one match on Saturday and it saw SuperSport United get the better of Free State Stars. A goal in each half from Nathan Paulse and Franklin Cale was enough to secure a 2-1 victory.
Lucky Lekgwathi celebrates with his team
Orlando Pirates won the MTN8 for a second successive time after defeating Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 after extra time at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
Oupa Manyisa scored the winning goal early in the second half of extra time, finally breaking the deadlock in a game in which the defences were very much on top.
The first half of regulation time was very evenly matched and the two sides essentially cancelled each other out.
The only half chances fell the way of Ndumiso Mabena and Lehlohonolo Majoro for Pirates and Chiefs respectively, but neither found the target.
Happy Jele and Teko Modise
Orlando Pirates will play Kaizer Chiefs in the MTN8 final in September after drawing 1-1 in the second leg of their semifinal with Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Stadium on Sunday. Added to the first leg score of 3-2, Bucs won the two-legged cup tie 4-3 on aggregate.
After a goalless first half, Elias Pelembe opened the scoring to put the Brazilians in charge but the Buccaneers’ Oupa Manyisa equalised with a long-range screamer worthy of deciding any knockout match.
Sundowns saw slightly more of the ball in the first half but were unable to really threaten Pirates’ defence. The visitors did well to stifle the Brazilians’ creative midfielders Musa Nyatama and Teko Modise, which cut out the supply to Elias Pelembe and striker Katlego Mphela.
Thembinkosi Fanteni, Josta Dladla
Kaizer Chiefs advanced to their first MTN8 final since winning the tournament in 2008 after drawing 1-1 with Ajax Cape Town in the second leg of their semifinal at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.
The tie finished 1-1 on aggregate (the first leg was goalless), as Josta Dladla continued his superb start to the season with a fourth goal in as many games before Terror Fanteni equalised for the Urban Warriors to set up a tense finale.
The opening 15 minutes of the game suggested that it would be as tight and conservative an encounter as the first leg at FNB Stadium last week. However, the game soon came to life.
Thulasizwe Mbuyane of Orlando Pirates
A 93rd minute penalty goal from Bongani Ndulula saw Orlando Pirates come from behind to win their 1st leg MTN8 semifinal 3-2, beating Mamelodi Sundowns in a five goal thriller at Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
It was an action packed 45 minutes as both sides looked to attack from the first whistle and goal mouth action was in abundance.
In fact, we only had to wait six minutes before the game saw its first goal which was superbly set-up by the Buccaneers’ Benni McCarthy who played a delicate pass to find Thulasizwe Mbuyane inside the box. He then proceeded to beat one defender before slipping the ball past Wayne Sandilands, 1-0.
Bernard Parker (R)
The MTN8 semifinal first leg match between Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town ended in an uninspiring goalless draw at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
Though it was an unsatisfying game from a spectator’s point of view, both camps will take positives out of the result.
An away draw in the first leg is a respectable result for the Urban Warriors, knowing that they will have home advantage in the all-important second leg.
As for Chiefs, the fact they have not conceded an away goal means any score draw in Cape Town next week will put them into the final.