Orlando Pirates did put up a fight to advance to the next stage of the TKO competition with a narrow victory over Chippa United.

Vincent Pule became the super sub of the night as he came from the bench to score the vital goal of the night.

It would be the Buccaneers who were the early aggressors as the looked to dictate terms from the beginning. Zambian international Augustine Mulenga had the earliest chance to fire the Bucs into the lead, were it not for the quick thinking Daniel Akpeyi, who saved at his feet.

Former Bucs midfielder Thabo Rakhale asked the question of the Bucs defence with a shot that sailed over Jackson Mabokgwane’s goal, in sustained period of Chippa attacks which kept the Bucs pinned in their defensive third.

The first half ended 0-0 as Pirates could not find the back of the net as Chippa remained in the game thanks to their goalkeeper.

The second half saw the Bucs make a change, introducing Vincent Pule for Mulenga, and immediately the home side were on the front foot.

Shonga had two opportunities to put the Soweto Giants into the lead, but his free kick went narrowly wide of goal, followed by a swivel and shot inside the box that was saved by Akpeyi.

Brazilian defender Caio Marcelo also came close, getting onto the end of a loose ball from a Pule corner. With a third consecutive start, the Bucs man was in the right place at the right time as he attempted to side-foot home the loose ball, only to be blocked by another former Bucs man, Daine Klate, who was marshaling the near post.

Four minutes later, the home side finally got the goal as Xola Mlambo raced to the byline before firing a low cross into the six-yard box, where Vincent Pule was on hand to tap home.
Milutin Sredojevic opted for a surprising change with 20 minutes to go as Thabiso Kutumela was introduced for his first appearance of the season, replacing Mlambo.