Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs (2014 MTN Final) 153

Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs,  2014 MTN Final, was a 153rd Soweto Derby which took place Saturday September 20, 2014 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

Orlando Pirates vs Kaizer Chiefs, 2014 MTN 8 Final - Moses Mabhida Stadium, September 20, 2014
Competition 2014 MTN 8
Administrator Premier Soccer League
Season 2014-2015
Home Team Orlando Pirates
Away Team Kaizer Chiefs
Date September 20, 2014
Time 20:15 (South Africa)
Venue Moses Mabhida Stadium
City Durban, South Africa
Attendance 50 000
Weather Cloudy night, rain
19°C (67 °F)
76% humidity

Match

Half-time Score 0-1
Full-time Score 0-1
OPFC Goal Scorer N/A
KCFC Goal Scorer Tefu Mashamaite 29′

Match Officials

Referee Victor Hlungwani
Assistants Zakhele Siwela
Buyisile Ngqambiyana
Fourth Official Kulasande Qongqo
Commissioner Ian McLeod

The 2014 MTN 8 Final was a Soweto Derby match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs.

The match marked a 153rd official meeting between these two Soweto giants.

The last cup final meeting between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates prior to the 2014 MTN 8 final was the 2011 MTN 8 (Top 8) final.

In the final of that year, it was Oupa Manyisa’s extra time goal that eventually separated the two Soweto Rivals.

Kaizer Chiefs headed to the final without their captain Itumeleng Khune who was out owing to injury.

Brilliant Khuzwayo came in as his replacement while Tefu Mashamaite served as captain on the day.

Orlando Pirates saw the return their pacy left back Thabo Matlaba who’s been out as a result of a straight red card he received in a league match against Mamelodi Sundowns.

Kaizer Chiefs blazed their way to the final registering emphatic victories against Mpumalanga Black Aces and Platinum Stars.

Kaizer Chiefs opened the 2014/15 PSL season with a 2014 MTN 8 quarter-final game against Mpumalanga Black Aces and went on to hammer them 4-0.

They moved on to the semi-final, a two legged fixture. They drew Platinum Stars – the defending champions who shocked Orlando Pirates in the final last year and have given Kaizer Chiefs trouble in recent season.

Platinum Stars proved to be no match for Kaizer Chiefs, they lost 2-0 in the first leg played Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Phokeng in the North West.

In the return leg played at the home of Kaizer Chiefs, FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg in Gauteng, Platinum Stars were further humiliated 3-0, losing 5-0 on aggregate.

Historically renowned as cup specialist, in recent years Kaizer Chiefs have not lived up to this tag as this marked only their second cup final in 3 seasons.

Orlando Pirates started their campaign rather slowly, in the quarter-final, they faced Supersport United prior to Gordon Igesund‘s arrival and edged them out 2-1.

In the semi-final Orlando Pirates faced BidVest Wits, in the first leg played at the BidVest Stadium in Milpark, Johannesburg – inconsistent Orlando Pirates shocked BidVest Wits 2-0.

In the return leg played at Orlando Stadium, in Orlando East, Soweto, Johannesburg – Orlando Pirates continued their seemingly good form as they outclassed BidVest Wits 3-1 and 5-1 on aggregate.

When Orlando Pirates defeated BidVest Wits they booked their spot in the fourth consecutive cup final since the 2013 MTN 8 final. They played played the 2013 MTN 8 final, the 2013 CAF Champions League final, the 2013 Telkom Knockout final and the 2014 Nedbank Cup final.

The Soweto Derby 2014 MTN 8 final was confirmed.

 

Home and Away Team

After the Kaizer Chiefs vs Platinum Stars 2nd  leg semi-final, which was played after that of Orlando Pirates vs BidVest Wits, the draw was conducted to determine which team would have the ground advantage.

Orlando Pirates was drawn first which means they went to the final as the ‘home team’ even though at the time the venue was yet to be decided on by the Premier Soccer League (PSL).

Kaizer Chiefs were also drawn to confirm that there were in fact two teams in the draw bowl. The process took place live on television.

Home team advantage, in South Africa, has long been explained as that team would choose everything first – including the kit they want to wear and the change rooms at the venue and they will have all the advantages that a home team would have if they were playing at their own stadium.

The venue was later confirmed, the Moses Mabhida Stadium in the City of Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa.

 

Kit

Orlando Pirates wore their away colours (red shirts and red shorts with white numbers and a touch of black  and white on the edges).

Oupa Manyisa (OP) and Tsepo Masilela (KC)
Oupa Manyisa (OP) and Tsepo Masilela (KC)

Kaizer Chiefs wore their home colours (gold shirts with black numbers and a prominent black strip in front down from the shoulder, black shorts with gold numbers and a prominent gold strip down the side).

Orlando Pirates, under Vladimir Vermezović, wore their away colours at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban when the played and defeated BidVest Wits in the 2014 Nedbank Cup final.

 

The Match

Kaizer Chiefs won the match with a solitary goal scored by defender Tefu Mashamaite – who also served as captain due to the absence of captain Itumeleng Khune.

The match started like a typical Soweto Derby, fast paced, with each side eager to take charge of the game and make an early impact.

Thabo Matlaba (OP) and Kingston Nkhatha (KC)
Thabo Matlaba (OP) and Kingston Nkhatha (KC)

Anchored by matured midfield maestro Reneilwe Letsholonyane and propelled by the unstoppable trio of George Lebese, George Maluleka and Mandla Masango – Kaizer Chiefs seem to have a slight upper hand. Masango had a half-chance in the 11th minute.

On the 22nd minute Oupa Manyisa had the best chance of the match at close range but, coupled with his semi-unconvincing effort and the brilliance of Brilliant Khuzwayo, it was saved.

On the 28th minute, Tefu Mashamaite left Siyabonga Sangweni for dead as he brushed the ball with his head while Senzo Meyiwa missed a step in a set-piece confusion and the ball left Mashamaite’s head and went straight for the net.

At half Kaizer Chiefs was leading Orlando Pirates 1-0, thanks to Tefu Mashamaite’s header.

In the send half Orlando Pirates seemed to signal their willingness to stage a comeback with the likes of Thabo Matlaba beginning to get more involved in the attack – Eric Mathoho marshaled his defence repelling all Orlando Pirates advances.

Orlando Pirates’ coach Vladimir Vermezović introduced in form striker with just 20 minutes to play to very little impact as Stuart Baxter soon introduced a third central defender – a fifth overall in Morgan Gould.

Orlando Pirates began to crack up in the dying minutes of the game with the likes of Thabo Qalinge throwing tantrums every time the referee blew his whistle.

With Brilliant Khuzwayo at his very best, Kaizer Chiefs frustrated Orlando Pirates right up to the final whistle and successfully secured their 15th Top 8 title with a 1-0 victory.

 

Man of the Match

Brilliant Khuzwayo
Brilliant Khuzwayo

Kaizer Chiefs second choice goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo  was named man of the match due to crucial saves he made to ensure his team did not concede.

Arguably, his 22nd minute save made a world of difference as it was the closest Orlando Pirates came to a clear cut scoring chance.

Brilliant Khuzwayo was filling in for Itumeleng Khune who watched on from the stands due to an injury.

 

 

 

New Orlando Pirate Logo Kaizer Chiefs Logo

Starting XI

01. Senzo Meyiwa 16. Brilliant Khuzwayo
04. Happy Jele 05. Siboniso Gaxa 89′
21. Siyabonga Sangweni (C) 24. Tsepo Masilela
02. Ayanda Gcaba 04. Tefu Mashamaite (C) 29′
08. Thabo Matlaba 03. Eric Mathoho
11. Sifiso Myeni 27′ Substituted 79′ 31. Willard Katsande
20. Oupa Manyisa 06. Reneilwe Letsholonyane 35′
18. Issa Sarr 22. Mandla Masango
07. Daine Klate Substituted 79′ 17. George Lebese Substituted 68′
06. Thandani Ntshumayelo Substituted 70′ 12. George Maluleka Substituted 81′ 45′
95. Kermit Erasmus 08. Kingston Nkhatha Substituted 63′ 87′

Coaches

 Vladimir Vermezović  Stuart Baxter

Substitutions

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16. Brighton Mhlongo 01. Reyaad Pieterse
17. Lennox Bacela 83. Morgan Gould Substituted 81′ 90+2′
45. Lehlohonolo Majoro Substituted 70′ 25. Bernard Parker Substituted 63′
28. Rooi Mahamutsa 14. Siphiwe Tshabalala Substituted 68′
05. Mpho Makola Substituted 79′ 30. Ivan Bukenya
15. Thabo Qalinge Substituted 79′ 90+3′ 18. Kgotso Moleko
03. Patrick Phungwayo 20. Siphelele Mthembu

Match Statistics

 61% Possession 39%
 9 Corners  3
 7 Shots  1
 2 Shots on Target  1
 13 Fouls  9
 2 Offsides  3
 2 Yellow Cards  5
 0 Red Cards  0

Legend

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