Amakhosi were crowned Telkom Knockout Champions for the 13th time by beating Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the final. Chiefs are the most successful team in the Telkom Cup competition to date. Orlando Pirates had two notable shots on target, both from Pirates defender Happy Jele. A block from South Africa’s best left back at the time in Punch Masenamela and a superb save from Itumeleng khune denied the Buccaneers a goal.
This game came at a time when I was questioning the quality of football in our country. I wondered if we would ever see a team dominating, if player could stay switched on for 90 minutes and not concede soft goals, if a team could win by more than a single goal. On that day, all of my questions were answered.
Sithembiso Ngcobo scored a brace, Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the third goal for Chiefs, Happy Jele, Punch Masinamela and Daine Klate were in fine form and I felt like two of South Africa’s football giants raised the bar along with our expectations that night.
Kaizer Chiefs 3 Orlando Pirates 0, Telkom Knockout final, December 4, 2010.