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ROAD TO THE 2023 NEDBANK CUP FINAL-ORLANDO PIRATES

PIC: Sipho Chaine of Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates have reached a fifth Nedbank Cup final as they prepare to take on Sekhukhune United at Loftus Versfeld Stadium on May 27 (kick-off 18h00).

They will hope to add to wins in 2011 and 2014, and also heal the pain of defeat in the decider in 2016 and 2017.

It has been a steady campaign for The Buccaneers to this point, including a Soweto Derby victory over Kaizer Chiefs, but they will be taking nothing for granted in the decider. Here is a reminder of their path to the final.  

LAST 32 – FEBRUARY 11

At Wits Football Stadium
All Stars 0
Orlando Pirates (0) 2
 (Saleng 62’, Lorch 70’)
Ref: Xola Sitela

Caution: Xoki 64’
Dismissal: Riveiro (coach) 65’
Team: Sipho Chaine, Craig Martin (Thabiso Monyane 70’), Tapelo Xoki, Sandile Mthethwa, Paseka Mako, Goodman Mosele (Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo 7’), Kabelo Dlamini (Thembinkosi Lorch 46’), Monnapule Saleng, Miguel Timm (Makhehlene Makhaula 85’), Deon Hotto (Vincent Pule 70’), Terrence Dzvukamanja. Coach: Jose Riveiro

LAST 16 – MARCH 11

At Orlando Stadium
Orlando Pirates (1) [1] 2 
(Erasmus 23’, Lorch 113’)
Venda Football Academy (0) [1] 1 (Chirambadare 49’)
After extra-time
Ref: Thabo Mkhabela

Cautions: None

Team: Sipho Chaine, Paseka Mako, Tapelo Xoki, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Deon Hotto (Thabiso Monyane 63’), Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo (Fortune Makaringe 90’), Miguel Timm, Kabelo Dlamini (Vincent Pule 63’), Monnapule Saleng (Ben Motshwari 118’), Kermit Erasmus (Terrence Dzvukamanja 46’) [Evidence Makgopa 74’], Thembinkosi Lorch. Coach: Jose Riveiro

QUARTERFINALS – APRIL 15

At Peter Mokaba Stadium
Dondol Stars (0) 1
 (Makungo 57’)
Orlando Pirates (0) 1 (Lorch 55’)
After extra-time; Pirates won 5-4 on penalties

Ref: Akona Makhalima

Cautions: Mako 51’, Maela 68’, Shandu 90’

Team: Sipho Chaine, Paseka Mako (Deon Hotto 100’), Tapelo Xoki (Sandile Mthethwa 114’), Nkosinathi Sibisi, Innocent Maela (Bandile Shandu 75’), Thabang Monare (Fortune Makaringe 74’), Miguel Timm (Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo 119’), Kabelo Dlamini, Monnapule Saleng, Terrence Dzvukamanja (Kermit Erasmus 46’), Thembinkosi Lorch. Coach: Jose Riveiro

SEMIFINALS – MAY 6

At FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs (0) [1] 1
 (Maart 79’)
Orlando Pirates (1) [1] 2 (Erasmus 14’, Mthethwa 114’)

After extra-time
Ref: Abongile Tom

Cautions: Monare 61’, Chaine 62’, Mthethwa 87’, Eva Nga 100’, Sibisi 103’

Team: Sipho Chaine, Bandile Shandu (Deon Hotto 45’), Tapelo Xoki, Nkosinathi Sibisi, Paseka Mako (Thabiso Monyane 112’), Thabang Monare (Makhehlene Makhaula 83’), Miguel Timm, Kabelo Dlamini (Sandile Mthethwa 83’), Monnapule Saleng, Terrence Dzvukamanja (Bienvenu Eva Nga 82’), Kermit Erasmus (Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo 58’). Coach: Jose Riveiro

SOURCED FROM THE NEDBANK CUP WEBSITE.


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