Zaid Patel has won the inaugural #PiratesPlayoffs Finals held at VS Gaming on Thursday evening pipping surprise finalist Ayanda Nkosi.

The event proved to be quite the spectacle as Orlando Pirates’ Thabo Rakhale and Nkosi proved their mettle in a different form of the sport as they took on the Pirates eSports counterparts at their game – FIFA18.

The first semi-final witnessed a tough fixture between Thabo Rakhale and @ZaidyPatel. Rakhale was the first to score which convinced @ZaidyPatel to relook his strategy and make a few formation changes during half time. These minor tweaks changed the game as @ZaidyPatel would soon convert two goals in close succession to end the game and win the round 2-1 thereby knocking Thabo Rakhale out of the competition.

The second semi-final was one for the books. Ayanda Nkosi took on arguably one of the best players in the Pirates eSports team and reigned victorious as he came from a goal down to win 3-2. This moved Nkosi onto the #PiratesPlayoffs Final to face @ZaidyPatel.

The final was a tightly contested affair with neither Nkosi nor @ZaidyPatel giving the other a sniff at goal. The half ended goalless.

The game came alive in the second half following some tactical changes from both players. A total four goals were scored in the second stanza with both players scoring two goals apiece.

@ZaidyPatel proved his class in extra time as he stormed to a 6-3 win over Nkosi to claim the Pirates FIFA18 Championship Title.

The #PiratesPlayoffs Finals were streamed live and exclusively to PiratesTV on YouTube and is still available for viewing in case you missed the action.