Orlando Pirates have moved through to the Quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup following their emphatic 3-1 victory over Jomo Cosmos at Olen Park Stadium this afternoon.
Pirates, who came into this match off the back of a 1-0 league defeat to BIDVest Wits got back to winning ways at the expense of Ezenkosi courtesy of a brace from Tendai Ndoro and Luvuyo Memela.
Man of the match for this afternoon went to captain Thabo Matlaba, who was returning from injury. Matlaba missed Bafana Bafana’s goalless draw against Cameroon after suffering an injury in the 2-all draw against the same Indomitable Lions a fortnight ago.
Upon receiving his accolade, the hard-running full back expressed his satisfaction following a clinical performance from a side that lost 1-0 in the league to Cosmos in the same venue.
“Very happy with the teams overall performance,” said Matlaba. “Playing in this heat is never easy but I think we played well under the conditions. The coach (Eric Tinkler) reminded us before the start of the game to make sure we seal the deal in regulation time and avoid extra time as it would take its toll on us.
“We knew after losing to Cosmos in the league here (Olen Park Stadium); we had to be focussed and avoid any unnecessary mistakes which eventually cost us three points when we did play them. But I think following our 5-0 win in the return leg we were more confident coming into this match that we would pull off a good result and we did just that.” Meanwhile, Eric Tinkler praised his charges for sticking to instructions. “I think we played very well to be honest. We created a lot of chances at the beginning of the match. We knew coming into this match that they (Jomo Cosmos) would be anxious from the previous match against us so it was important that we scored early and we did just that but honestly we should have been 2-0 up in the opening five minutes but we failed to capitalise on the chances but be as it may, I’m happy with our overall performance.”