Orlando Pirates put three final defeats this season behind them by defeating Wits University 3-1 Saturday to lift the South African FA Cup. Striker Kermit Erasmus bagged a brace and former Wits midfielder Sifiso Myeni also scored for the Soweto 'Buccaneers'.
Midfielder Jabulani Shongwe had given Wits a 1-0 half-time lead before a sell-out 54,000 crowd at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Indian Ocean city Durban. Pirates lost the CAF Champions League final to Egyptians Al-Ahly, and the South African Top 8 and League Cup deciders to Platinum Stars.
Trailing at the break despite dominating opening-half possession, Pirates scored three goals in 21 minutes to bury the finals bogey. Shongwe gave goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa no chance from close range on 26 minutes after the referee waved play on when Wits' lively Calvin Kadi was felled inside the box.
Wits suffered a major blow in first-half stoppage time when Kadi, who was tormenting Happy Jele down the left flank, retired with a dislocated knee. Pirates attacked from the start of the second half and Erasmus levelled on 52 minutes via a deflected shot after connecting with an Oupa Manyisa cut-back.
Myeni refused to celebrate scoring against his previous club 11 minutes later having squeezed a low cross past goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs at his near post. A throw-in led to Pirates' third goal on 72 minutes with Wits failing to clear the ball and Erasmus scoring off a low, close-range shot.
Both clubs will represent South Africa in the 2015 CAF Confederation Cup - Pirates as Cup winners and Wits as third-place league finishers.