Wits sink Pirates to reach MTN8 semis

Two goals from Buhle Mkhwanazi and Thulani Hlatshwayo downed Orlando Pirates when Bidvest Wits beat them 2-1 during their MTN8 quarterfinal clash at Bidvest Stadium on Saturday night.

On the other hand, the Soweto giants managed to find the back of the net through Oupa Manyisa after scoring from a penalty.

In the wake of the victory, the Clever Boys have now booked a spot in the semifinals, joining Cape Town City and Chippa United.

In the early stages of the encounter, the Clever Boys piled pressure as early as the 12th minute when Thabang Monare tried a long range effort, but goalkeeper Felipe Ovono produced a fine save.

However, against the run of play, the Buccaneers were awarded a penalty when Wits skipper Hlatshwayo fouled Tendai Ndoro in the box.

Pirates captain, Manyisa stepped up in the 16th minute to send goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs the wrong way to hand Muhsin Ertugral's men a deserved lead.

Gavin Hunt's men kept knocking on Pirates' door chasing an equaliser but Ovono was the man to deny them, making a number of saves from dangerous crosses through Daine Klate.

Nevertheless, the Equatorial Guinea international keeper finally cracked when defender Mkhwanazi headed home a set piece from Frank Mhango's corner in the 38th minute. It was 1-1 at the interval.

Upon their return, Pirates nearly made it 2-1 as Ndoro hit the woodwork after a wonderful pass from Abbubaker Mobara with Josephs beaten in the 47th minute.

However, with less than 15 minutes to go, Ovono spilled Monare's shot. He pushed the ball straight into Hlatshwayo's path in the box and the defender made no mistake to finish from close range.

In the last four minutes, Ndoro received a great ball from the right wing in what was their final chance and the Zimbabwean attempted a spectacular bicycle kick to score an equaliser but it narrowly went wide.

The loss for Pirates means are now out of the Wafa Wafa competition, following Platinum Stars and Kaizer Chiefs.

Bidvest Wits (1) 2 (Mkhwanazi 38', Hlatshwayo 76')
Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Manyisa 16')

Wits: Josephs, Hlanti, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Allie, Monare, Mlambo, Klate, Mhango (Nhlapo 89'), Ngele (Pelembe 58'), Malajila (Rodgers 75')

Pirates: Ovono, Sikhakhane, Gcaba, Gyimah, Matlaba, Mobara, Makola (Nkosi 80'), Manyisa, Rakhale (Kutumela 46'), Norodien (Qalinge 46'), Ndoro