“Sunshine came when Shonga scored and we are very happy to have him around.”
The Pirates coach said they will watch’s today’s other semi-final clash between Bidvest Wits and Baroka FC in Polokwane to find out who they will face in Port Elizabeth where they will be fighting to win their first trophy after a drought of four years.
“When we’ve seen who our opponents is in the final‚ behind closed doors and away from everyone’s eyes… an invisible match will start between us and the team we will face in the final‚” the Pirates coach said.
In a match that was marked by its frantic pace‚ it was the Bucs who took the lead in the 13th minute when Vincent Pule’s cross was met by Thembinkosi Nkosi who smashed the ball to the roof of the net‚ leaving bemused Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune with no chance.
Chiefs came back through Leonardo Castro’s goal five minutes later but Shonga had the final say‚ giving Pirates the winner six minutes from time after he recovered from his missed bicycle-kick to beat Khune will a low shot.
Despite having contested eight TKO finals‚ Bucs have only won it once when they beat Wits 3-1 in Durban in 2011.
Sredojevic‚ who rejoined Pirates at the beginning of last season‚ said it was time the Buccaneers paid back to their fans who have endured a barren spell of four years.