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Posted: 22 March 2008 Time: 17:48

Thanda Royal Zulu defeated Orlando Pirates 2-1 in an Absa Premiership match at the Absa Stadium in Durban on Saturday afternoon, boosting their hopes of retaining their top-flight status and critically damaging the Buccaneers' hopes of winning the title.

Amabhubesi scored through defender Ahmed Mohammed and striker Bernard Parker, while Pirates pulled one back late on through lively winger Bennett Chenene.

Pirates' Francis Chansa was certainly the busier of the two goalkeepers in the first half, making some good saves to keep his team on level pegging with the hosts.

In the sixth minute the DR Congo keeper palmed away Ryan Botha's header and a quarter of an hour later he tipped Parker's 20-yard drive around the post for a corner kick.

Just past the half-hour mark Pirates threw away a good chance to break the deadlock, with Paulus Masehe shooting wide from close range after Mandlenkosi Tswenga had parried Teko Modise's free-kick.

The match was goalless at halftime.

Thanda went a goal up in the 49th minute, as Mohammed got on the end of a set-piece and headed the opener.

The hosts almost added a second just over 10 minutes later when Chenene had to clear Botha's corner off his own goal line.

In the 77th minute Amabhubesi did manage to double their advantage, as Parker got on the end of another fine corner-kick from Botha and headed his team into a 2-0 lead.

It didn't last long though, as Chenene scored with a low shot some three minutes after Parker's goal to halve the deficit.

Thanda remain in 14th place, but they are now six and nine points clear of Jomo Cosmos and Black Leopards respectively. Pirates remain in third on 35 points but their hopes of winning the title are fading fast.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:56 pm
What went wrong the Amabhakaniya!
Anonymous
posted: 05:57 pm
Pirates is now dropping more points!let them forget about the league.Chips will jump them!
Anonymous
posted: 05:59 pm
Chiefs 30 points, pirates 35 and Pirates is owing Chiefs 3 points!! obviously Chiefs will finish the league on top four.whether you like it or not!
Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
Angry people,two loses at a row!who cried this time?three wins for Chiefs at a row!we are coming back!viva Amakhosi viva!
Anonymous
posted: 06:01 pm
happy people r happy again
mosetlhi
posted: 06:02 pm
Ghost now is the time 2 chase away your coach.
Anonymous
posted: 06:02 pm
Where was Walaza?that boy is still young and useless!ODG must take him back to development!
mosetlhi
posted: 06:03 pm
Ghost now is the time 2 chase away your coach.
Anonymous
posted: 06:03 pm
History always repeats it’s self at Pirates. Once they start to call themselves happy people...then...Santos comes. The rest follows...
Anonymous
posted: 06:04 pm
Last week they lost & still applauded poor results, now they have lost a chance to win the league; R they still praising mediocre play? Ag shame Bhaka-niks(opps,Bhakaniya)All I can say is "Bernard Parker you beauty"
Anonymous
posted: 06:05 pm
The ghost are like Zombies!let them go back to hell!
Anonymous
posted: 06:08 pm
dont worry pie rats you r not the first team to loose lyk that..we have gone through that and you were making fun of us now its your turn..a bafana ba kgwathe till lekhosi le ba tshwara ka dipoints in the league..i dont think many are proud to talk about pie rats rather they will talk about the winning team amakhosi a mantle..
Anonymous
posted: 06:10 pm
yebo yes bakhaniya,um happy with you guys um also playin r-kelly cd(happy people) makhosi 4 lyf.......
Anonymous
posted: 06:12 pm
yebo yes bakhaniya,um happy with you guys um also playin r-kelly cd(happy people) makhosi 4 lyf.......
Anonymous
posted: 06:12 pm
I wanda how much Khoza pays these referees, last week Ngcobo gave them a soft penalty & did not send Meyiwa out for handling outside the box.Today's one was worse.He blew everything for Pie-rats & noting for Thanda.But we al know Pie-rats won't win anything even with the help of referees.Remember the 2 years of good football and nothing achieved under Papic?
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 pm
Arrogant Da Gama + supporter's cheap talk + good soccer + help of referees + conceding stupid goals = losing SAA final and going out in last 16 of the Telkom cup and last 32 of Nedbank cup and losing out of winning the league. This is a scientifically bad method, can Pie-rats try another one.
Anonymous
posted: 06:54 pm
Thebe, lybon, banda, mosethli, isaac, alfred, dont forget ur chiefs r next, sdwns r waiting for guys, nizokhala nje nge bhakaniya .
Anonymous
posted: 06:57 pm
Eish mara pirates suck ne', da gama ayeye mkon'wani, swi bihile buti .
Anonymous
posted: 06:59 pm
GUYS THIS IS UN ACCEPTABLE .STOP BREAKING OUR HEARTS! LEA JISA FRM THERE GATWE KE COACH AGGGH... KE NGADILE.
Anonymous
posted: 07:01 pm
Where is mushangazike and teko happy ppl mara .
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