Thembinkosi Sekgaphane
Phakaaathi Digital Administrator
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4 Mar 2015
4:45 pm

Ngcobo shines bright – My Favourite Derby

Thembinkosi Sekgaphane

In the same year that we celebrated hosting the World Cup on the African continent, Kaizer Chiefs celebrated a considerable feat.

FILE PICTURE: Sthembiso Ngcobo celebrates his goal during the Telkom Knockout final match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City on December 04, 2010 in Soweto, South Africa.Photo by Lee Warren / Gallo Images

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.