Brighton Mhlongo a Central Figure as Orlando Pirates win a 4th Carling Black Label Cup

Brighton Mhlongo was a Central Figure as Orlando Pirates win a 4th Carling Black Label Cup in five editions; he follows in the footsteps of legendary goalkeepers Moeneeb Josephs and the late Senzo Meyiwa. In recent years the Soweto Derby has often always produced draws; in fact, in the last five editions of the Carling Black Label Cup only one has been decided in regulation time. Google+

Brighton MhlongoGoing to the 2015 Carling Black Label Cup Orlando Pirates was slightly fancied as the probable winner, even more so, in regulation time as they have been playing non stop since the 2014/15 season concluded.Orlando Pirates is taking part in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup where they have reached the group stages and are well poised to go on and reach the knockout stages.

Meanwhile Kaizer Chiefs has been partaking in the transfer window drama and contract negotiation dram fracas with the likes of Itumeleng Khune, Tefu Mashamaite and Mandla Masango. Ultimately on  Itumeleng Khune survived the those strenuous negotiations as he returns to Naturena for the 2015/16 season.

Brighton Mhlongo was chosen by the fans of Orlando Pirates to start in goals; he has been the club’s favourite since taking the number one spot in the wake of Senzo Meyiwa’s murder. Furthermore, Brighton Mhlongo has slowly developed into a reliable goalkeeper pulling his team out of sticky situations on numerous occasion at home and on the continent.

During the 2015 Carling Black Label Cup Brighton Mhlongo was called to duty over and over again and proved up to the task as he kept the advancing Kaizer Chiefs at bay. Orlando Pirates came the closest to scoring early on through Thamsanqa Gabuza on two occasions as adjudge to be offside once and unleashed a rather tamed effort the second time.

In the 20th minute Sifiso Myeni found the opening goal from a free-kick partly because of his brilliance and partly because Kaizer Chiefs goalkeeper Reyaad Pieterse failed to better position himself to protect the near post. In the second half Reneilwe Letsholonyane equalized for Kaizer Chiefs and the match eventually ended 1-1.

In the spot-kicks Brighton Mhlongo who stands at 187 cm (6′ 2″) did not disappoint as he made to brilliant saves which later proved crucial as Patrick Phungwayo outright missed his kick. New signee Zimbabwean Tendai Ndoro wrapped things up for the boys in black with the last kick of the match.

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