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Orlando Pirates have secured the spot in the last 8 of the Nedbank Cup following their 2-1 hard-fought win over Venda Football Academy, VFA at Orlando Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday Night. 

The Buccaneers started the match off a high note as early as 10 minutes into the game putting the visitors under pressure inside their own half but only had a few shots from range.

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Pirates could have opened the scoring in the 11th minute of the game after superb work by Kermit Erasmus and Deon Hotto who only chipped the ball wide. The duo connected once again in the 13th minute and this time Erasmus headed the ball into the back of the net from Hotto’s cross. 

VFA GAINED CONFIDENCE AFTER CONCEDING

Venda Football Academy almost hit back moments later after Ruzdani Thobo header went narrowly wide. VFA surged into Pirates half with goalkeeper Sipho Chaine making a great save in the 32nd minute after Chirambadare fired from goal from close range. 

Both teams went to a break with neither team able to create clear chances though the home side were happy to have taken a slender lead. 

The Buccaneers continued to search for a second goal in the opening minutes of the second half with Terence Dzvukamanja drawing a fine save from keeping Harold Ndlovu with a shot from range. 

ORLANDO PIRATES WINGER HOTTO COMMITS A BLUNDER AT THE BACK

The Buccaneers were made to pay for their mistakes at the back as Deon Hotto attempted to clear the ball deep inside his own half with Chirambadare thumping the ball into the back of the net with only 3 minutes into the second half. 

The visitors seemed to have gained confidence and nearly punished the host as Chirambadare managed to head toward goals in the 69th minute with Nkosinathi Sibisi clearing the ball on the goal-line.

Vincent Pule in action for Orlando Pirates against VFA in Nedbank Cup
Vincent Pule in action for Orlando Pirates against VFA in Nedbank Cup

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The Buccaneers tried to come back into the game with some great moves from Thembinkosi Lorch rattling the upright with Dzvukamanja unable to connect from a rebound, the match ended 1-1 all after 90 minutes.

The match went to extra time with Pirates throwing everything to save their blushes but the Limpopo- based side stood firm despite tiring legs. Orlando Pirates were ahead again after a magic moment from Lorch who put the ball into the back of the net following a clever flick from Evidence Makgopa and the goal proved to be enough for the home side to get a victory and secure a spot in the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup.  

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By Sebastian Meso 

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