Orlando Pirates was dumped from the Nedbank Cup by Marumo Gallants on Wednesday after Limpopo’s side won 5-4 on penalties in a last 16 clash at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
In a hard-fought draw, the two teams were tied at 1-1 after extra time in the battle for a spot in the quarter-finals of the Ke Yona Cup.
It was Gallants goalkeeper King Ndlovu who proved the match winner and bagged the deciding goal after Pirates’ Linda Mntambo skied his penalty when the shootout was suddenly dead.
Reaching the last eight is another Nedbank Cup kudos to Dan Malesela, who won it with TS Galaxy while still playing in the first division in 2019, beating Kaizer Chiefs in the final.
Gallants got off to a good start after Joseph Molangoane won a penalty and Phillip Ndlondlo came on to convert from a penalty spot in the 20e minute to give his side the 1-0 lead.
Within half an hour of play, Bandile Shandu continued his fine scoring form for the Buccaneers, with the right-back equalizing from a tight corner to make it 1-1.
The game went on and both teams looked good on offense, but in the end they went into halftime on an equal footing.
The Soweto giants nearly scored the second goal at the start of the second half after winning a free kick on the edge of the penalty area. But DeonHotto was unhappy to see his attempt hit the woodwork.
The match ended in a 1-1 draw and went into extra time. There were no more goals scored, with Tshegogatso Mabasa hitting the crossbar in the first half of extra time, while Gallants had a promising moment with Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo from a set piece, but Richard Ofori made a brilliant save.
Pirates will now shift their focus back to continental competition, where they will welcome eSwatini-based Royal Leopards to a Café Confederation Cup Group B game at Orlando Stadium on Sunday. Gallants, on the other hand, won’t be in action until March 16, when they meet Chippa United at home in the DStv Premiership.