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Pirates: Cup specialists

This follows the teams good performance after beating Golden Arrows 3-0 in the Telkom Knock-out at Moses Mabhida stadium.

The Telkom Knockout final on December 10 will feature two teams that are currently smashing Premier League records. The venue is yet to be confirmed.

Orlando Pirates will take on Wits in a cup final for the first time since 1995, a year in which the Clever Boys won the double.

Wits qualified for the final after hammering Santos 3-0 yesterday at Milpark Stadium.

The spotlight is on Ryan Chapman this season, and so far, he has not failed to deliver. The former Santos first set up Wits teammate Asive Langwe for the opener on the 53rd minute before putting his name on the scoresheet in the 62nd minute.

That seemed to be enough to send Wits to their second cup final in two seasons. But Jomo Vilakazi came off the bench to put matters beyond doubt by scoring a third in the 90th minute.

Pirates are also becoming cup competition specialists, having reached a fifth consecutive final in just over a year.

The Clever Boys have the psychological advantage over the Buccaneers after they thrashed them 3-1 in a Premier League match nine days ago. Chapman got two goals in that match.

The gloves are off!

Yesterday, it was all Wits in the first half, with Santos their usual tame self in attack.

Lehlogonolo Masalesa got the Clever Boys started when he received a pass from Chapman outside the box, but his shot flew past the goal post with Santos keeper Tshepo Motsoeneng of was well beaten.

Motsoeneng was again in the firing line when Wits skipper Sifiso Myeni’s shot came off the woodwork in the 21st minutes.

Santos’ only clear chance in the game came in the 28th minute when striker Jonathan Armogam found space after beating the offside trap but his lob beat both keeper Energy Murambadoro and the posts.

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