Abia Nale:The war rages on this season

Referee’s optional time allowed Orlando Pirates to equalise after Kaizer Chiefs took a lead in the 10th minute of the first half. Pirates went on to win the game 5-4 on penalties in front of a record 92 702 who filled the Soccer City Complex on Saturday evening.

The game, one of the most anticipated derbies in football world drew a lot of interest from both sets of supporters as it was going to allow the two teams to parade the new signings ahead of the new campaign. Both teams didn’t disappoint when they treated the fans to a fine entertaining football.

Pirates started the stronger of the two sides with Benni McCarthy forcing a save out of goalkeeper, Itumeleng Khune inside the first minute.

It was the Glamour Boys, spotting their new royal blue jersey, who opened the scoring when Abia Nale had a tap in in the 10th minute following a piece of good work from winger, George Lebese. The strike was Nale’s first strike in the Soweto derby since joining the Glamour Boys in January 2009.

The rejuvenated Nale continued to ask questions to the opposition defence and he was in the thick of things again in the 26th minute when he left defender, Lucky Lekgwathi for dead but too much demonstration with the ball allowed the opposition to recover as Oupa Manyisa cleared the danger.

In the 41st minute Stuart Baxter was forced to make his first substitution for the game when injured Lebese was replaced by Siyabonga Nkosi.

Pirates finally found an equaliser courtesy of Benni McCarthy’s header following good work from Siyabonga Sangweni who flicked the ball back to the box following Daine Klate’s corner.

Pirates went on to win the game via penalties after Lincoln Zvasiya’s penalty was saved by Senzo Meyiwa allowing Ndumiso Mabena to score the winning penalty.

Coach Baxter should be pleased with the preparations for the season as his charges responded positively lifting the Gauteng Cup and giving a good account of themselves in the Carling Black Label Cup.

Lucas Radebe who is an ambassador for Black Label gave Baxter’s side thumbs up despite the loss; “The Club has strengthened the team especially at the back where they have brought in good players. They have a very good coach in Stuart Baxter and I am sure they will do well this coming season,”

Kaizer Chiefs: Letsholonyane (scored), Motaung JNR (scored), Dladla (scored), Nkosi (missed), Nkatha (scored), Ritchie (saved), Zvasiya (saved)

Orlando Pirates won 5-4 on penalties.

Orlando Pirates: Mahamutsa (scored), Manyisa (scores), Klate (scores), McCarthy (saved), Sangweni (scored), Gcaba (missed), Mabena (scored)

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