Kaizer Chiefs ended the early-season dominance of Orlando Pirates over them with a 2-1 victory Saturday in the South African Premiership.
But there were no mistakes from the 24-year-old South African football pin-up in the first league meeting of the season between clubs whose rivalry spans 41 years ago and is among the biggest on the continent.
Chiefs were fired up from the kick-off at Soccer City, led 2-0 at half-time and repulsed strong Pirates second-half pressure until deep in stoppage time when the losers snatched a consolation goal.
Pirates gifted the second goal to Chiefs deep in stoppage time as they needlessly lost possession and Josta Dladla set up captain Siphiwe Tshababala to net from close range.
Clifford Ngobeni, Namibian Rudolf Bester and Dikgang Mabalane were introduced by Buccaneers' Brazilian coach Julio Leal during the second half, but Chiefs held out until Happy Jele netted from close range with the final shot of the game.
Source: AFP Global Edition