Nedbank Cup: Pirates, Chiefs through to semis

Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at Loftus Versveld Stadium last night.

Orlando Pirates beat Mamelodi Sundowns 2-1 at Loftus Versveld Stadium last night. Picture: Facebook.com

PRETORIA - Orlando Pirates have joined Kaizer Chiefs and Maritzburg United in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup, this is following a 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns at Loftus Versveld Stadium last night.

Goals in the first half from Oupa Manyisa and Elias Pelembe saw both sides head into the tunnel at halftime deadlock at 1-1 before Daine Klate produced a winner for the Buccaneers.

A free kick winner from Klate saw the Sea Robbers advance to the semis of the tournament.

Certainly the win for Pirates gives them a chance to claim their first piece of silverware this season, having already gone to three cup finals.

Bucs coach Vladimir Vermezović says ending the camping trophy less for a team like Pirates would be a disaster.

"They made the first step and now it's another one and I will try to help them win this trophy. In any big club in the world, a season without trophies is a bad season."

Sundowns coach Pitso Mosimane believes his side were unlucky to get knocked out of the competition following the brave display his team put on.

"We fought hard and played to our strength, we showed respect and did everything to win the game but you win them all."