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Dzvukamanja late winner guides Orlando Pirates to Nedbank Cup title

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By Sports Reporter


ZIMBABWE international Terrence Dzukamanja capped off a memorable season after scoring the winner as Orlando Pirates were crowned Nedbank Cup winners after beating Sekhukhune United 2-1 in the final played at Loftus Stadium on Saturday evening.

The former Ngezi Platinum Stars forward was the hero when he turned in a Monnapule Saleng cross into the net for the winner on the stroke of full-time to ensure the South African club ended the season with some silverware.

Pirates had to come back from behind after Sekhukhune took an early lead through Sibusiso Vilakazi.

A controversial penalty that was converted by defender Nkosinathi Sibisi saw Dzvukamanja’s club-level terms on the stroke of halftime.

Pirates and Sekhukhune United were level after 90 minutes and with six minutes of time added on, it looked like the final would be headed to extra time.

With 95 minutes already elapsed and time running out, a beautiful diagonal ball found Monnapule Saleng who managed to square the ball across the goal to Dzvukamanja.

The Zimbabwean, who had a strong second half of the season after initially being deemed surplus to requirements at Pirates, managed to get enough contact on the ball to push it past Badra Ali Sangaré in the Sekhukhune United goal.

The goal sent fans wild and also broke the hearts of Babina Noko players and supporters. Saleng was crowned Man of the Match for his performance as Orlando Pirates lifted their second trophy of the season.

Orlando Pirates, who will finish second in the South African Premiership, already won the MTN8 trophy and are now the Nedbank Cup winners as well.