Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Katlego Mashego, the talented yet unpretentious Orlando Pirates' forward, could not have asked for a better way to endear himself to The Ghost than scoring the brace that sunk bitter rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday afternoon.

Mashego, who was playing his first Soweto derby after joining The Buccaneers during the January transfer window, scored within 15 minutes of the second half as they beat the pretenders from Naturena 2-1 in this engrossing Absa Premiership match at Coca Cola Park Stadium.

Destin Makita netted an own goal in between Mashego's goals.

Mashego was hailed by The Ghost who screamed his name whenever in possession.

While Bucs' loyalists left the stadium beaming, gloom was written all over the faces of Chiefs' fans who'd told everyone who cared to listen before the match that Amakhosi would win.

They were hoping for revenge after they lost the first round 2-0 in Mmabatho.

"I feel great to have scored in such a special match," said a composed Mashego in a post-match interview.

"This match is not only special to me and to the players of both teams, but to football supporters. And, yes, it is a wonderful feeling that my goals helped my team win. I had a bout of flu before the match, but I grabbed the opportunity to play with both hands when it was presented to me. This is a match I could even play with a broken leg," he quipped.

But like his mentor Rudi Krol, Mashego rightfully admitted that they were at the mercy of defending champions SuperSport United to wrest the league title on May 9.

Said Krol: "We are hoping for a miracle to win the championship as United are leading us by three points and both of us are left with two matches."