Fourth time lucky for Pirates
Orlando Pirates and Wits went head to head for the Nedbank Cup title.
JOHANNESBURG - The final match of the domestic season was played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium with Orlando Pirates and Wits going head to head for the Nedbank Cup title.
After three failed cup finals this season, namely the Telkom Knockout, MTN 8 and CAF Champions League, the Nedbank Cup provided one last chance at redemption for the Buccaneers.
New coach Vladimir Vermezomic went up against Gavin Hunt, a man who is no stranger to success in local football.
Jabulani Shongwe opened the scoring in front of the modest sized group of Wits spectators.
The goal was enough to take the clever boys into the lead at the break; but three goals in the second half turned the match, and pirates' season around.
The talented Kermit Erasmus equalised in the 52nd minute, before Sifiso Myeni sent the crowd into hysteria in the 62nd minute with the goal that put the Buccaneers ahead.
Erasmus put the game beyond doubt nine minutes from time with pirates' third strike of the game. A tense final few minutes would've had Bucs fans sweating with Wits wasting multiple chances in front of goal.
Vermezovic followed through on his promise at the beginning of his tenure. He promised pirates that if they get him to a cup final, he would win it.
The trophy was walked down to the pitch and eventually lifted by captain Lucky Lekgwathi as champagne and confetti rained down on the players.
Its Pirates' third Nedbank cup success since the inception of the Premier Soccer League.