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Mobara Sends Bucs Into Nedbank Cup Final

Nedbank Cup

Result: Golden Arrows 0-1 Orlando Pirates

Date: 21 May 2017

Venue: Princess Magogo Stadium

Orlando Pirates advanced to the Nedbank Cup final after Abbubaker Mobara's first-half goal secured a 1-0 win over Golden Arrows.
 
Pirates threatened in the early exchanges and went close through Mpho Makola after nine minutes as the midfielder fired inches over the crossbar from close range.
 
Thabo Rakhale and Dove Wome were the Buccaneers' biggest threats in the opening 20 minutes with the latter causing a few problems down the right flank.

Arrows, on the other hand, were finding it tough maintain possession in the first half, while they also struggled in the final third.

Pirates eventually broke the deadlock in the 33rd minute when an un-marked Mobara headed home Makola's inviting free-kick.

The home side saw a bit of the ball in the closing stages of first half, although they failed to threaten Jackson Mabokgwane's goal.

Five minutes into the second half, Clinton Larsen opted for a change as Siphelele Magubane made way for Lerato Lamola as they pushed for an equaliser.

Pirates started to dictate play after 60 minutes and they nearly doubled their lead in the 64th minute, but Nkosingiphile Gumede produced a superb save to keep out Marc Van Heerden's free-kick.

Kjell Jonevret made his first change after 72 minutes as the pacy Riyaad Norodien replaced Wome, who struggled in the second half.

Arrows went close to leveling matters in the 83rd minute when Sibusiso Sibeko picked out Musa Bilankulu, who headed just wide of the upright.

The hosts went even closer in stoppage time when Sibiya rattled the upright with a fine free-kick, as Pirates managed to hold on for the win.

Here's how they lined up:

Arrows: 32. Gumede. 38. Dlamini, 20. Mathiane, 5. Mzava, 13. Mthiyane, 28. Bilankulu, 17. Jooste (Ntanga 75'), 25. Sibiya, 11. Mahachi, 27. Magubane (Lamola 55'), 19. Mutizwa (Sibeko 63').

Pirates: 16. Mabokgwane, 45. Mobara, 4. Jele, 8. Matlaba, 36. Van Heerden, 18. Sarr, 5. Makola (Shitolo 77'), 20. Manyisa, 25. Rakhale, 35. Wome (Norodien 72'), 31. Gabuza.

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