In a nail-biting encounter in the first semifinal of the MTN 8, Orlando Pirates emerged victorious over Stellenbosch FC with a final score of 2-1.
The game kept fans on the edge of their seats, with remarkable performances and late-game heroics that will be remembered for some time.
The action began to heat up just before halftime when Stellenbosch’s Toure found the back of the net at the 45-minute mark. This early goal put Stellenbosch FC in the lead, leaving Pirates with some work to do.
However, the Pirates had no intention of going down without a fight. In the 66th minute, their persistence paid off when Lepasa, one of their star players, delivered an equalizer that sent the fans into a frenzy.
The score was now level at 1-1, setting the stage for an intense final act.
As the clock ticked down, both teams pushed for a breakthrough. It was in the dying moments of the game, during injury time, that Hotto, another standout player for Orlando Pirates, seized the opportunity.
Hotto’s strike found the back of the net in the 90th minute, sending the Pirates’ faithful into raptures of celebration.
With that decisive goal, Orlando Pirates secured a hard-fought victory, earning their advantage ticket to the MTN 8 final.
Their remarkable comeback from behind showcased their resilience and determination, leaving fans eagerly anticipating their next clash in the competition.
Orlando Pirates will now prepare for the second legs, where they aim to continue their quest for MTN 8 glory.