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Soweto Giants Orlando Pirates are through to the last 16 of the Nedbank Cup following their 2-0 win over All Stars at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday Night. 

Second half strikes from Monnapule Saleng and star Thembinkosi Lorch were enough to take the Buccaneers to the next round of the competition in heavy conditions brought by rain around Gauteng

The Sea Robbers were forced to make an early substitution. Goodman Mosele suffered an injury blow inside 10 minutes of the game. The introduction of Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo was well received as the Buccaneers continued to keep the momentum going and dominate position.  

Pirates put the ball in the back of the net through defender Sandile Mthethwa who met a free kick from right, in the 38 minute of the game but was correctly adjudged for offside. 

The Buccaneers finally broke the deadlock in the 62 minute through Saleng who had to scramble the ball before putting it at the back of the net after a great work by Terrance Dzvukamanja down the left. 

Thembinkosi Lorch sealed the game in the 71 minute with a goal after he started the move down the middle. It was his first match after sitting out of the game for 5 months.

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Despite their loss to the Pirates, All Stars put up a good fight in the first 45 minutes of the game after they gave a solid defensive performance and gained confidence as they started threatening through Sabelo Nyembe and Justice Figareido upfront.

“I thought we did well, the first 60 minutes we stuck to the plan. We had few chances in transition but we made few mistakes and in the second half we turned over the ball on our half. The rest of the defense was not good and they went and scored. Once a team like Pirates score first it becomes a problem” Sinethemba Badela said. 

Jose Riveiro sent off during Nedbank Cup win
Jose Riveiro sent off during Nedbank Cup win

All Stars will be shifting their focus onto the next league fixture. They will host AmaTuks in the Motsepe Foundation Championship next Sunday. Orlando Pirates on the other hand will be at home against Maritzburg United on Friday 17.

JOSE RIVEIRO SENT OFF DURING NEDBANK CUP ENCOUNTER 

“From what I heard from the officials, maybe the language that was used. I don’t know what was said was not permissible in the field of play. That is what they said but I’m not sure what really happened”. Mandla Ncikazi told SuperSport TV.

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By Sebastin Meso 

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