Chiefs to quick and slick for Pirates
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2010 FIFA World Cup™ star Siphiwe Tshabalala scored the decisive goal in front of 91,727 fans to give Kaizer Chiefs a 3-0 win over arch-rivals Orlando Pirates and help them retain the South African League Cup.

A record 91,727 crowd for a domestic club match saw striker Sthembiso Ngcobo score in each half of the final at Soccer City before wide midfielder Tshabalala delivered the final blow 18 minutes from full-time.

Tshabalala is among the finalists for the FIFA Goal of the Year award after scoring the opening goal of South Africa 2010 with an unstoppable close-range drive against Mexico.

And the diminutive footballer demonstrated the power of his left foot again against Pirates, slamming a low shot past goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs after a dummy had created penalty-area space. That was the final nail in the Buccaneers' coffin and their supporters wept openly after conceding three goals against Chiefs for the second time in as many months.

It was a bitter pill to swallow as Soweto derbies are traditionally close encounters with many drawn and Pirates entered the final buoyant after winning the early season Top 8 Cup having eliminated Chiefs in the semi-finals.

Chiefs entered the game under a cloud after shock home league losses to Cape Town clubs Santos and Vasco da Gama, but quickly proved that cup football is a different ball game. Quick and slick on the break, the gold-and-black outfit looked sharper from the outset against opponents who surprisingly left captain and central defender Lucky Lekgwathi out of the starting line-up.

There was not even a place on the bench for 2010 FIFA World Cup midfielder Teko Modise, who remains a national-squad regular despite being shunned by Pirates coach and 1970s Dutch star Ruud Krol. A slow, weak clearance from Josephs led to the 11th-minute first goal with Ngcobo blocking the ball, rounding centreback Robyn Johannes and firing into the left corner.

Equally sloppy defending contributed to the second goal on 65 minutes as Ngcobo, who has battled to make the starting line-up after a mid-year move from Free State Stars, soared unchallenged to nod home.