Orlando Pirates finish their most contrasting season with a cup

Orlando Pirates finish their most contrasting season with a cup, it is nearly impossible to call the 2013/14 season unsuccessful for Orlando Pirates while it is undoubtedly not the most successful, if anything, compared to 2010/11 and 2011/12, the 2013/14 season could easily be called a failed one.

Orlando Pirates
Orlando Pirates

Orlando Pirates competed in the CAF Champions League, the competition took place at the same time as the 2013/14 South African season but was part of the 2012/13 season.

During this time, Orlando Pirates started the group stages like a house on fire, setting new records and claiming the victories against the African heavy weights.

Those victories would later prove crucial as Orlando Pirates struggled to register further victories towards the end of the group stages. A draw in the last match against Al Ahly in the last group stages match would see the scrape through by just one point ahead of Zamalek and  AC Léopards de Dolisié.

Orlando Pirates later reached the finals of the CAF Champions League without registering a victory, they played to a goalless draw at Orlando Stadium and played to a 1-1 draw in Tunis, Tunisia at Stade Olympique de Rades against Espérance Sportive de Tunis. This would see them progress to the final on an away goal rule.

That final would mark the beginning of the series of heartaches for the Boys in Black of Orlando, already lost the first final of the season in the Top 8 against Platinum Stars, Pirates succumbed to Al Ahly in the CAF Champions League Final and later fell victims to Platinum Stars again, now in the League Cup final.

Orlando Pirates woes continued with a string of poor performances in the league followed by the sudden departure of Roger De Sá, and a defeat in the Soweto Derby under new coach Vladimir Vermezović.

Out of contention in the league, Pirates stumbled their way through the FA Cup (Nedbank Cup) all the way to the final.

On Saturday May 17, 2014, Orlando Pirates participated in their third PSL Cup final in a single season having lost the previous two. Playing against Gavin Hunt’s Bidvest Wits, the final took place at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal.

After trailing 1-0 at half time, Orlando Pirates came back and scored 3 goals to secure their first and only title of the season.

Jabulani Shongwe opened the scoring for Bidvest Wits on the 25th minute, Kermit Erasmus equalized for Orlando Pirates on the 53rd minute, Sifiso Myeni put pirates ahead on the 62 minute  and Erasmus scored his second, Pirate’s third and final goal of the match – final score, 3-1 to Pirates.

 

 

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