Orlando Pirates ended a six-year trophy drought by clinching the MTN8, coming from behind to defeat Bloemfontein Celtic 2-1 in the final at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday night.
The Buccaneers went into the clash dubbed favourites after a dominant run-in to the final, where they scored six unanswered goals.
The Soweto Giants fell behind early in the game Celtic took the lead through Siphelele Luthuli, whose acrobatic effort from close range made it 1-0.
It would take until after the half-hour mark for the Buccaneers to equalise, with Deon Hotto snatching a loose ball from a scramble inside the Celtic box to get his first goal in Pirates colours.
If the start of the first half was nightmarish for the Buccaneers, the first few minutes of the second were the stuff of dreams as Celtic’s Ronald Pfumbidzai was adjudged to have pulled Thembinkosi Lorch down inside the box.
A red card was handed out to the culprit, with a penalty awarded to the Sea Robbers.
Lorch stepped up, sending Jackson Mabokgwane the wrong way to hand his side the lead for the first time in the encounter.
It was then time to shut things down, but that turned out to not be a straightforward mission with Celtic not giving up, despite their numerical disadvantage.
Josef Zinnbauer’s men, however, weathered the storm, emerging victorious to claim their first trophy since 2014.