ORLANDO Pirates' new scoring sensation Ndumiso "Simply The Best" Mabena attributes his appetite for goals to patience and hard work.
He scored the all-important goal that saw Pirates win through to the quarterfinal of the Telkom Knockout, defeating Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.
Ironically, Mabena scored the Buccaneers goal when the two sides drew 1-1 in their last Absa Premiership match two weeks ago.
"It's such a wonderful thing to score a winning goal for my club," he said yesterday, adding that this was the first time that he played the entire 90 minutes.
"I have always been a patient man, I knew my turn will come."
Mabena said they intended going all the way in Ziwa More en More this year. Mabena, who hails from Dennilton, Mpumalanga, said their supporters deserved silverware.
On the other hand Patrick "Chippa" Malokase said they gave their best but it was not their day.
Mabena's goal in the 16th minute did not deter Phunya Sele Sele, who bounced back late in the second half but failed to get the ball past goalie Senzo Meyiwa.
Disappointment was written all over Celtic's players when referee Buyile Gqubule denied what Celtic players thought was a legitimate penalty after Sandile Ndlovu's header hit Zvenyika Makonese's elbow in the 89th minute.
l Meanwhile Canaan Mdletshe reports that Lamontville Golden Arrows staged an extraordinary coup d'état to proceed to the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout Cup.
Abafana Bes'Thende were a goal down with six minutes to go but scored two quick goals to beat Platinum Stars 2-1 at Chartsworth Stadium.
Coach Manqoba Mngqithi described it as one of their best come-backs ever. "I hope this mental strength will help us going forward," he said.
His counterpart Steve Komphela said this was a spill over from the rest of their season where they had a good match only to lose in the end.
"We still concede goals in the dying minutes. I am really disappointed," said Komphela.
Stars' finished the game with 10-men after Almiro Lobo was red-carded.