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Pirates keep winning

Posted: 16 February 2008 Time: 22:19

Orlando Pirates beat BidVest Wits 2-0 in an ABSA Premiership game at Johannesburg Stadium on Saturday.

Orlando Pirates have come out of the mid-season break in flying form. The Buccaneers beat BidVest Wits 2-0 at the Johannesburg Stadium, having gained three points against Moroka Swallows three days earlier.

Thanks to the win, Pirates moved into fourth position on the Absa Premiership log, while BidVest Wits remained in third position.

Pirates did not field Bennett Chenene, who sustained an injury against The Birds, and left-back Innocent Mdledle, who was suspended. They were replaced by Tshepiso Tshabalala and the 19-year-old Tlou Segolela, who played on the left-wing.

The Buccaneers had the better chances in the first half, but Gilbert Mushangazhike, header, Kelebogile Mabe, outside right-foot, and Mlungise Gumbi, shot, all failed to hit the target.

In the 36th minute, Wits’ right-winger Richard Rantjie got a golden opportunity in a one-on-one situation with Pirates goalie Senzo Meyiwa, only to deliver a weak shot straight at the keeper.

The second half was livelier with Pirates coach Owen da Gama bringing on Excellent Walaza (for Mpho Rashete) and Tonic Chabalala (for Lehlohonolo Seema) immediately after the break.

Wits thought they has scored a goal, when the ball looked to have crossed the line after a shot from Phil Evans, but linesman Toko Malebo ruled that Pirates’ Happy Jele cleared the ball just in front of the goal-line.

Shortly thereafter, Teko Modise took a free kick in the 55th minute from Pirates’ left-side. He angled the ball in beautifully with his right-foot catching Moeneeb Josephs by surprise as the ball crept in under the post.

Wits tried to push for an equalizer, but Pirates counter-attacked in the 80th minute, with Walaza making space down the right flank. His cross found Tebogo Mashaba, who finished well after initially missing the ball.

“We got enough chances to get a result,” commented Wits coach Roger de Sa, “but it wasn’t to be.”

On Wednesday, Wits will host Kaizer Chiefs at BidVest Stadium, while Pirates will host Mamelodi Sundowns at Johannesburg Stadium.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 07:33 am
Okay fine lets 4get about what heppened and look on the future.

Okay fine,but this time its SADDAM N SUDOWNS AGAIST PIRATES FANS!!!!
posted: 07:35 am
Pirates will dish out the most entertaining football but still won't emerge as victorious. That's the cruelty of this beautiful game.
posted: 07:41 am
They wont win on wednseday against Downs.
posted: 08:30 am
Holla Happy People well Teko I wonder what hav the Prof to say the Draw kings have done it again !!!
posted: 08:32 am
where is Prof today ???
posted: 08:49 am
Halala Mabhakaniya......... Asibasabi come Wednesday Sundowns will see fire!!!!!!!!! It is gonna be a cracker.Prof get yr boys saddam and chiefs team for a free soccer lesson....The harder they come the harder they fall........Up the Bucs!!!!!!!
posted: 10:08 am
wola mabhakaniya, im impressed with the form. Bafana bestyle look out here we come, the downs are just grateful about the sidelening of our defender Lehlohonolo but theyhev no reason to be coz bongani cashibe is around. bafana bestyle are out already,
posted: 10:39 am
the next victim is on the line.and thats sundown.As i said last week let the enemy eat the dirt.someone is still busy with pirates yet they surpoet the other team.GUYS ITS ABOUT TIME TIME WE SEPERATE MAN FROM BOYS& BOYS FROM WEEPING BOYS ,YOUDECIDE
posted: 10:42 am
Happy people are back in action its a warning to abafana be stayele
posted: 10:54 am
Cydric- am not surprised pple are leaving their teams and goin on about pirates. What do they say about if you can't beat them............?

posted: 12:57 pm
I took my time to watch ur league over the weekend ,especially this one.i cudnt spend more than 10 mins in front of the tv.i was left wondering if this is the league u guys tout as the 13th best in the world.he he he,i laughed.though it might be interesting to u guys cos u have interest,but bnelieve me,it doesnt have the pulse.u know,it is not pulsating.the sa league is 90% finished,and at hundred percent,it will be like the portuguese league.cud be fun and very drab at the same time
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