Harare - Brave Warriors forward Deon Hotto and his Zimbabwean teammate Terrence Dzvukamanja made explosive starts to life with Orlando Pirates, helping the Soweto giants secure a semifinal spot in the MTN 8 Cup.
Dzvukamanja scored the only goal of the match as the Buccaneers eliminated Cape Town City in the quarterfinals of the prestigious season-opening tournament at Orlando Stadium on Saturday.
The pair, along with Thulani Hlatshwayo, joined Pirates from Bidvest Wits a few weeks ago after the latter sold their South Africa Premier Socer League franchise to Tshakuma Tsha Madzivhandila.
And the two were given starting berths by coach Josef Zinnbauer at the famed Soweto arena, with Dzvukamanja repaying that faith by finding the target 37 minutes into the game.
Their guests played the better part of the game with 10 men after Fagrie Lakay was red-carded in the 23rd minute, and this allowed Hotto and Dzvukamanja to really shine.
They combined well, just as they did when they partnered at Bidvest Wits for the past two years.
Dzvukamanja - who has been nominated for the Nedbank Cup Player of the Year Award following his exploits in South Africa’s premier knock-out tournament last season – said after the match: "I am happy for this dream start at Orlando Pirates. I hope to maintain the form."
Both he and Hotto were withdrawn with 25 minutes to play, but not before they gave scintillating displays with Hotto entrusted with taking the team's set-pieces.