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By Linda Moreotsene | Aug 03, 2009 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Orlando Pirates gained from a slice of charity to lift the Telkom Charity Cup in Rustenburg on Saturday.

Bucs were given an undeserved penalty against Platinum Stars to force the match into extra time and eventually win it 4-2 on penalties on the soggy and freezing Royal Bafokeng Sports Palace after a 1-1 stalemate after regulation time.

Bucs levelled with 20 minutes to go after Stars' had led through an 11th minute goal by their new Japanese striker Norikazu Murakami .

Referee Buyile Gqubule harshly adjudged George Mofokeng to have fouled Thulasizwe Mbuyane inside the danger box.

Stars had earlier in the day defeated Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 through a Thabiso Monareng brace to qualify for the final against Pirates. Bucs had earlier emerged victors in the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs after a penalty shoot-out.

Stars coach Steve Komphela applauded his players for holding their own against Pirates.

"I feel the statement we made was much bigger and more important than the result," Komphela said.

"It was always going to be a tough ask to hold on to the lead against Pirates for so long and I think the players did very well and this gave their motivation a big boost. As for the penalty, it is immaterial what I think, but I would not have given it."

Bucs' mentor Rudi Krol expressed his happiness at having defended the title, but was quick to point out that there was still a match that his charges had to play on Wednesday (MTN8 tie against Ajax Cape Town).

"Stars played very well, and our preparations towards the new season are on track. I am glad some of the players who were in the Bafana Bafana and therefore lacked game time have now managed to get time on the field," Krol said.

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