Orlando Pirates to face Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN8 final

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Defending champions Orlando Pirates will face Mamelodi Sundowns in the final of the MTN8 on October 7th.

Stellenbosch FC were looking for their first ever win at the Orlando Stadium against MTN-8 defending champions the Orlando Pirates. Stellies needed two clear goals to reach their first ever final in South Africa’s top-flight football.

Pirates came into the match with a big advantage after recording a 2-1 win away in Cape Town three weeks ago. Sandile Mthethwa partnered with Tapelo Xoki in the heart of the Bucs defence due to the absence of the reliable Nkosinathi Sibisi. Midfielder Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo was back in the starting lineup after serving a one-match suspension.The home side also got their chance to score in the early stages.

Stellenbosch took the lead in the 22nd minute after Zakhele Lepasa deflected Iqraam Rayner’s shot into his own net. Deon Hotto was denied by Sage Stephens seven minutes before the break.Stephens denied Lepasa 10 minutes before regulation time.There were no goals in the second half, with Jose Riveiro suffering his first cup loss since arriving in South Africa at the beginning of last season.


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