Gamildien’s brace send Pirates home.

The MTN 8 defending Champions Orlando Pirates were knocked out of MTN 8 by their rivalry Moroka Swallows 2-1 at Orlando Stadium.

The Birds took a lead through Ruzaigh Gamildien, he scored on the 16th minute with a free-kick that beat shot-stopper Richard Ofori at his near post.

Swallow forced a mistake from Richard Ofori, who gave the ball away out of his area in the 23rd minute and Gamildien reacted the quickest to send a looping finish into an empty net to complete his brace.

As the match progressed, Orlando Pirates were awarded a penalty after goalkeeper Virgil Vries brought down Deon Hotto inside the box, which allowed Dlamini to pull a goal back with a powerful low strike from the spot.

Truter’s troops played their heart out by keeping Orlando Pirates away from getting a second goal. Pirates were holding the Birds in their own half in the closing stages, spurning good chances and they made double attacking change in the last nine minutes, as Siphesihle Ndlovu and Gabadinho replaced Mabaso and Dlamini.

The Buccaneers were desperate for the winner in the dying minutes, but Swallows defended in numbers and held on to secure a spot in the final four

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