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Pirates out of Charity Cup 31/07/04
Orlando Pirates were knocked out of the Telkom Charity Cup when they went down 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Rotson Kilambe's first half effort was enough to ensure victory for the Brazilians, who will now face Kaizer Chiefs in the final later today.

Pirates threatened early on and could have gone ahead as early as the fourth minute when Steve Lekoelea waltzed past two Downs defenders inside the area, but the gifted midfielder's shot was a poor one and Sundowns goalkeeper Brian Baloyi made an easy save.

The Buccaneers were punished a minute later when Kilambe ran onto a superb through ball from Lucas Sebone, and the striker made no mistake as he slotted the ball home.

Pirates' Lebohang Mokoena threatened the Sundowns goal seven minutes later when he weaved his way through the defence, but the speedy striker's final touch was a poor one and the chance was lost.

Lekoelea looked impressive throughout and in the 20th minute played a neat one-two with Mokoena inside the area, but his poor control let him down with just Baloyi to beat.

Mokoena should have levelled the score in the 25th minute following a flowing move by the Buccaneers, but the striker shot well wide of goal from just eight yards out.

Pirates enjoyed the better possession and created several goalscoring opportunities, but poor finishing ensured the scored remained 1-0 at half-time.

The Buccaneers came out strong in the second half in search of an equaliser, but the Sundowns defence held firm.

The second period became a dull affair with both sides constantly losing possession in midfield through poor passing.

Chances were few and far between and the only real highlight came ten minutes from the end when Sundowns midfielder Siaka Tiene received his marching orders for a second bookable offence.

He received his first yellow card in the first half for a dangerous tackle and in the 80th minute received his second yellow card for time-wasting.

Tiene will now miss the final, but will still be eligible for the start of the Premier Soccer League.

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