Gilbert Mushangazike scored for the Bucs

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Pirates back in the game

Posted: 22 November 2008 Time: 22:42

Orlando Pirates beat a ten-man Thanda Royal Zulu 4-2 in the first game at the re-opened Orlando Stadium on Saturday evening.

Teko Modise scored twice for the Buccaneers, helping them to a victory that seemed unlikely after Thanda had come from behind to lead 2-1 early in the second half.

The result sees the Buccaneers keep up their excellent recent form, and they are slowly coming back into contention for the PSL title.

The hosts opened the scoring in the 12th minute, Gilbert Mushangazike scoring with a headed goal after a good cross from Dikgang Mabalane, just as in the Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs a week ago.

But just six minutes later Thanda were level. Bernard Parker, the league's co-top scorer, turned provider when his corner kick was headed home by Ghanaian defender Ahmed Muhammed to make it 1-1.

The sides stayed on level terms until four minutes into the second half when Pirates' substitute defender Destin Makita put into his own net to hand Amabhubesi a shock lead.

However, the turning point of the game came in the 55th minute, Japie Motale receiving a red card for a professional foul on Modise. The playmaker, who scored twice for Bafana Bafana in midweek, scored direct from the free kick to make it 2-2.

Benson Mhlongo put Pirates into the lead in the 74th minute with his first goal for the club, drilling home a low shot from 20 yards out.

Modise completed the scoring in the 88th minute with another effort that flew low past goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe to cap a memorable victory for the Soweto giants as they returned to the traditional home of South African football.

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Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:11 pm
"each goals scored by any vodacom sponsered team 10 000 rand wil b donated 2 help sum1 to gain eye sight" vodacom might b regrating this. 9 goals have bn scored 2day the team sponserd by vodacom wich means they donate r90 grand. With zito tryin 2 prove a point and teko on a fine form they wil donate mo dan wat da league is offering in jst 1 weekend. Zito 4 lyf
posted: 08:49 am
King McT, Teko the man of the moment. Gilbert is proving critics wrong....
as for krol, that man is a tactician.....
Zenzo my boy,
Teko , taking freekicks like Ronaldo,(the steps and the Sh&^%t thing) as iff he is trying to covert a rubgy ball. That technic works as, it is scientifically proven. keee it up.

The referee was racist, he don't care if blacks harm & break each each, he should have issued lots of yellows & reds to both teams. Teko needs more does Parker & Mabalane.
posted: 08:52 am
Now, i see all the hype in the stadium, it is beautiful....they should consider is as a match venue not just training venue come 2010.
posted: 08:06 am
size13: 2008-11-21 15:46 [ Report ]

next week articles:

1. chiefs back on winning ways
2. pie rats continue with their superb perfomsnce
3. tso and ntofontofo to face music
4. Sundowns in a dull draw...
5. size13 hang himself after finding out that he is not a father of his 'so called' son

***he he he number 5 is still pending...
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