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Mpumalanga Black Aces shock Orlando Pirates

Posted: 20 October 2010 Time: 22:11

Mpumalanga Black Aces beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 in a League match on Wednesday.

Mpho Maleka scored the only goal in the 55th minute, handing Aces their first win of the season and condemning the Buccaneers to a surprise loss that comes in the wake of their triumph in the MTN8 and a great win over log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

Pirates were the first to invade Aces’ territory when Thulasizwe Mbuyane played an inviting cross for Ezenwa Otorugu in the fourth minute, but Dennis Onyango was quick to intercept the dangerous looking ball.

Mesmeric runs by Tlou Segolela and Dikgang Mabalane on the flanks caused Neil Tovey’s side considerable concern, but there was no Otorugu or Mbuyane to connect with their well timed crosses in the Aces danger area.

At some stages of the game, Pirates dominated, with Isaac Chansa and Clifford Ngobeni taking control of the midfield but their strikers could not manage to put the ball at the back of the net as they fluffed numerous chances.

However, Aces did not lie on their laurels and wait for a miracle to happen. The visitors also exerted pressure, despite the fact that the odds were heavily stacked against them, but their efforts had the elements of the present state of South African soccer: school boy errors and impatience in front of goal.

Mbuyane could have done better after he was set free by Segolela in the 30th minute but the Pirates two-goal hero against Sundowns shot straight into the feet of the diving Onyango in Aces’ goal, much to the disappointment of the Pirates’ fans and technical team. The half time score was 0-0.

Pirates came back the more determined side in the second half and in the 49th minute Ngobeni produced a great save out of Aces keeper Onyango, who parried the shot away for a corner.

In the 51st minute Aces might have thought they had opened the floodgates, but Mpho Maleka was adjudged to be offside by the referee.

That didn’t dampen the AmaZayoni spirits as they surged forward in search of that important opener, and they were finally rewarded when Maleka scored in the 55th minute.

Realising that time was running out, Pirates coach, Rudi Krol introduced Katlego Mashego in place of Robyn Johannes in the 73rd minute.

Pirates started attacking from all angles, but the Aces defence, led by Sibusiso Dabi and Marc Eberle stood firm. The Mpumalanga outfit did not let their grip on their lead slip. They soldiered on until the last whistle.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:17 pm
Hahahaaha, where are they? The Telkom Champs...the publicity seekers..Mhlongo+MP Balk Aces + Publicity. Are you happy now? Kwakwakwawka...Pirates ya ntena. Hehehehehe....losers.
T
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 pm
The ref tried to help but in vain, he even denied Aces a blatant penalty, a red card against "Dom"kat...But he could help Pirates to Score.
Its confirmed, take jali ut of Pirates then you have a useless pirates. Kwakwakwa...the Cycle repeats itself...Cheats!
Anonymous
posted: 10:21 pm
Hahahaahaha, they are still talking about winning teh MTN, heheheehe, it was still on penalties..ok, you won but today you lost against MP ACES..Shapa Torvey shapaaaaaaaaaaaaaa....................
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
dis is d start of d decade lolest zinj'ezimnyama! Kikikikikikiki! Cant wait 4 2moro nxi
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
am also shocked, how comes the quality players loose
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
Speed sa parffine.
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
Thank you Aces, we are gonna have some peace atleast...Happy People always....Boooom
Anonymous
posted: 10:23 pm
i'm not surprised these ppl used 2 cry in situation lyk this.they had disturb our gud run in da lig look now.nilayekile
Anonymous
posted: 10:23 pm
Pirates is the most boring team, sometimes is hot, mild or cold, now instead of eating deserts, they are eaten by their deserts. Stop undermining.
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
Hehe they beat my beloved SUNDOWNS bt faild to beat this weak team.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
"We don't reply on one individual, we're a team, we have quality"-these are the words of a confused pirates supporter. thank you aces for bring this pathetic team back to earth. this proves that their win against sundowns was jus by luck given their dirty tactics towards the last minutes.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
Nywe!nywe. Happy people.
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 pm
DUMELA PIRATES DUMELA Very disappointd in dis team they beat my team and i eat humble pie bt to lose to aces NO. .SKY IS THE LIMIT.
Anonymous
posted: 10:27 pm
Shock!!?? Mr Editor are shocked? How long have you lived in RSA? Those who have been here long enough are far from being shocked! This happens every year boss!! Especially after Mbuyane scores! Eish.
Anonymous
posted: 10:27 pm
I've said to people that Krol is not yet off the hook.Even the in the Top 8 Final,Pirates were not convincing.
LeKhosi
posted: 10:27 pm
What's new, steam sa ENO re se tlwaetse.
1 trophy nd these rats thot they r the best in the league, Pierats is still an ordinary team in the psl.
Anonymous
posted: 10:27 pm
Expect this, "Kroll must be fired" hehehehehe.....and expect him to be gone by end of January...yiPirats lena, Buza uSweyts. kakakaakaka
Msathe
posted: 10:29 pm
I've said it b4, I THINK TOMORROW MUST BE DECLARED A HOLIDAY as everyone could not wait for Pirates to lose a game..hehehe!!!, especially Chiefs fans..we dont care about wether Chiefs win or lose, we care about our business up the BUCS for life!!!

Some ppl are so bitter..we'll meet this suckers again and they'll always support any team playing BUCS..keep it up your misery is on the way.

Anonymous
posted: 10:32 pm
He banna! Haeka di maumau tse dithabile tshe?ja! Pirates eyamakatsa le coach nyana yabona,how can he field segolela while we have mongala in that left flank???but then hoetsahetse retlareng rona?nix.KEBETSEILE TWEDE!!!SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
Ez'kamagebhula*
posted: 10:35 pm
Hawu Pirates wasn't beaten by Chiefs or Sundowns. Thuvu still living up to your name speaking uTHUVU thats nice but I xpected you to celebrate your win against Swallows but I guess you'll all do that later.

Anyway what happened to Lekgwathi Mr. Krol this Johannes should be sent back to Pitori Pirates its not a place for such cows,Sies man!!!
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