Ngele impresses with double

Substitute Mogakolodi Ngele scored twice to help Platinum Stars win the Telkom Knockout trophy.

Platinum Stars striker Mogakolodi 'Tsotso' Ngele. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - Platinum Stars claimed a second successive domestic cup title when they beat Orlando Pirates 2-1 at the Mbombela stadium to win the Telkom Knockout final on Saturday night.

The victory for Dikwena was secured courtesy of a Mogakolodi Ngele double in the final 10 minutes of the game to cancel out a first half header by Lucky Lekgwathi.

Stars's caretaker coach Allan Freese praised his side for their performance against the much fancied Bucs.

He was especially pleased with the performance of the goal scoring substitute.

"Ngele has been a good player for us and he has been scoring goals yes, but we just kept a bit of faith with Robert Ng'ambi and then we put Ngele in.

"He showed that he wants to start and he wants to play, but I am not saying anybody didn't pull up their socks. I think we enjoyed the game."

Freese also hinted that the club may look to offer him a permanent deal following his triumphs this season.

Having taken over as caretaker coach following the departure of Gavin Johnson to SuperSport United, Freese lead Stars to two domestic titles: the MTN 8 and the Telkom Knockout.

"After we played Chiefs and we won, the chairman called me in and wanted to talk to me. We have had two discussions since then. Again now, you won't believe it, he put me in a corner and he said we must talk again on Monday."

Meanwhile, Pirates coach roger De Sa admits that Stars made it hard for his team to find any rhythm on the pitch.

"It was always going to be difficult. Platinum Stars didn't really allow us to settle down and play. We got the goal from a set piece that we have been working on the whole week. We didn't seal it off. I don't think we were ever really comfortable throughout the 90 minutes. We didn't control the game as we have done in the past."