After suffering six previous heartbreaks in finals in this competition, the Buccaneers finally added the trophy to their bulging cabinet that already has two MTN8 titles, the Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup from the last 14 months or so.
Bucs surged ahead early though Thulasizwe Mbuyane, Sifiso Myeni made it 1-1 20 minutes into the second half, but the Soweto side finished strongly with goals from Daine Klate and Isaac Chansa in the final 20 minutes.
Orlando Pirates finally won the Telkom Knockout for the first time, defeating Bidvest Wits 3-1 at a rainy Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
Derrick Spencer (L)
The opening 45 minutes produced a couple of chances on goal for both teams, but neither team really took the ascendancy in the first half as they failed to convert their opportunities.
The half certainly didn’t start as many football pundits expected as the Cape Town side dominated the first ten minutes, playing a rather exciting brand of football, instead of their counter-attacking defensive style.
Man of the hour Ryan Chapman, fresh off a brace in his side’s last outing, created a goal and scored one himself to see BidVest Wits beat Santos 3-0 in their Telkom Knockout semifinal at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Asive Langwe scored the opening goal and Sifiso Vilakazi the the third goal in the dying minutes of the match.
Orlando Pirates players celebrate
Orlando Pirates qualified for a fifth successive cup final with a come-from-behind 3-1 win over Golden Arrows in the first Telkom Knockout semifinal at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.
After reaching all three cup finals last term (Pirates won the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup, and lost to Kaizer Chiefs in the Telkom KO) and claiming the MTN8 for a second successive time earlier this season, Bucs will play in yet another showpiece match after goals from Siyabonga Sangweni, Thulasizwe Mbuyane and Oupa Manyisa saw them to victory over Arrows, for whom Robyn Johannes opened the scoring.
It is the first time that Abafana Bes’thende coach Muhsin Ertugral has lost a semifinal match in South African football, while Pirates will be looking to make history of their own in next month’s final against either Bidvest Wits or Santos (who play in the second semifinal on Sunday) -- Bucs have never won this tournament in any of its guises despite reaching the final half a dozen times before.
T Gabuza and T Khuboni
Golden Arrows' poor season received a major boost as they booked their place in the Telkom Knockout semifinals with a 2-1 win over Ajax at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.
The Durban side made good use of the few chances that came their way, while Ajax struggled to trouble the home side's goal, despite having the bulk of the play.
Ajax had the better of the first half, dominating in terms of possession, while taking shots on goal and earning corner kicks.
Urban Warriors goalkeeper Sander Westerveld barely had any work to do, apart from picking up the ball from the back of the net in the 35th minute.
Sibusiso Vilakazi celebrates
Bidvest Wits moved into the last four of the Telkom Knockout with a hard-fought but deserved 1-0 win over Jomo Cosmos in Sunday’s quarterfinal at Sinaba Stadium in Benoni.
Midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi scored the only goal of the game in the first half.
In what was an uninspiring game played in energy-sapping heat, the Clever Boys certainly were the more creative and positive of the two teams and would have racked up a more comprehensive scoreline were it not for some good saves by Ezenkosi goalkeeper Avril Phali.
Wits were forced into an unscheduled change within the opening ten minutes, as central defender Mbulelo Mabizela limped off with injury and was replaced by Derrick Spencer. A short while later the visitors created the first goal-scoring chance of the game, with Ryan Chapman getting away a low shot from a tight angle that forced a good save from Phali.
A brace from veteran striker Benni McCarthy saw Orlando Pirates come from a goal behind to beat Moroka Swallows 2-1 in the quarterfinal of the Telkom Knockout at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday evening and into the semifinals of the cup competition.
The first 45 minutes produced an interesting tactical battle between the two Soweto-based clubs as both sides applied different strategies.
The Buccaneers definitely saw more of the ball and were more offensive minded in attack, but despite that they really didn’t threaten much in the final third of the field.
Swallows, on the other hand, took a more cautious approach: the Birds were tight and compact in the midfield, and defended in their numbers when they lost possession of the ball.
Santos players celebrate
Santos progressed to the semifinals of the Telkom Knockout after beating Platinum Stars 5-3 on penalties at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town on Saturday afternoon.
The two sides could not be separated after extra time with Nathan Paulse cancelling out the opening goal from Jonathan Armogam.
Platinum Stars were full of running in the opening 15 minutes of the match but failed to let their ball possession count as their shots flew off-target, while their forwards were also guilty of being caught offside.
The visitors created the first notable chance in the eighth minute following a good run by Enocent Mkhabela who then set up Joseph Molangoane, and although his shot found the target Tshepo Motsoeneng was on hand to palm the ball away.
Orlando Pirates' Siyabonga Sangweni
The draw for the 2011 Telkom Knockout quarterfinals has taken place with Orlando Pirates’ Soweto derby meeting with Moroka Swallows the pick of the ties.
The Buccaneers have never won this trophy, despite their six previous visits to the final, and now face a tough away tie at in-form Swallows, who have been superbly coached by former Bucs tactician Gordon Igesund this season.
It is easily the pic of the quarterfinal matches, with the rest of the draw also being kind to the Cape Town clubs.
Santos were drawn at home to Platinum Stars in a game they will expect to win, while Ajax Cape Town are at home to Lamontville Golden Arrows, who have been in improved form under former Ajax coach Muhsin Ertugral.
Jomo Cosmos are still awaiting their first league win of the season but they had no problem in dispatching Bloemfontein Celtic 3-0 in their Telkom Knockout last-16 match at Sinaba Stadium on the East Rand on Wednesday evening.
Goals from Ousmane Berthe, Tshidiso Tukane and Katlego Loke saw Ezenkosi rack up a comprehensive win, and they join Santos, Orlando Pirates, Moroka Swallows, Bidvest Wits, Ajax Cape Town, Platinum Stars and Golden Arrows in Thursday’s quarterfinal draw.
Cosmos took an early lead when defender Ousmane Berthe scored direct from a well-taken free kick in just the sixth minute, curling a shot over the defensive wall and beyond the reach of Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb.