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Pirates striker Excellent Walaza.

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Pirates get birthday wish

Posted: 21 February 2008 Time: 09:25

Orlando Pirates celebrated their 70th anniversary with a handsome 3-1 victory Absa Premiership over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Johannesburg Stadium on Wednesday night.

But as much as the result is a great birthday present for the Buccaneers, it also leaves them well in the title race, five pints behind Ajax Cape Town, but almost certainly kills off the chances of reigning champions Sundowns retaining their crown, with the Brazilians now 15 points off the pace.

In a match that was not dirty in nature, but still garnered eight yellow cards for various misdemeanors, the goals were scored by Bennett Chenene, Excellent Walaza and Gilbert Mushangazhike for Pirates, with the Sundowns consolation coming through Peter Ndlovu.

Benson Mhlongo thundered the ball against his own crossbar from what should have been a routine clearance and Chenene was on hand to head home the rebound passed the helpless Brian Baloyi in the eighth minute.

And just three minutes later Chenene turned provider as his cross from the left was headed home by Walaza with the easiest of finishes to make it 2-0.

Walaza was then rightly yellow-carded by referee Daniel Bennett for diving in the penalty area as the game became tighter in midfield.

Surprise Moriri shot wide five minutes before halftime, but Sundowns were back in the game with just seconds remaining in the half as a poor clearance by Happy Jele saw Fanyana Dhladhla hit the post and Ndlovu react quickest to knock the rebound home.

The Sundowns players were appealing for a penalty just minutes into the second half when Ndlovu appeared to be upended by Meyiwa, but Bennett instead opted to give him a yellow card for simulation too.

And Pirates regained their two-goal lead on 54 minutes after more hesitant defending from Downs. Chenene’s corner was missed by three Brazilian defenders and eventually found its way to Mushangazhike off Tonic Chabalala, and the striker rifled home a left-footed shot.

Sundowns fans got a first glimpse of new Uruguayan striker Bryan Aldave as he came on for the final 15 minutes, replacing Ndlovu, but despite some neat touches, he did not see enough of the ball to make a lasting impression.

Walaza should have put the icing on the cake for Pirates with seven minutes to go when he found acres of space in the Downs box, but goalkeeper Brian Baloyi pulled off a good save with his feet.

And the Buccaneers fans got their birthday wish with a resounding win that showed their qualities as genuine title contenders in the second half of the season.

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Anonymous
posted: 10:14 am
Sello-What do u expect frfom sum1 who is afraid of change?Sundowns mgt is full of abunch of cowards who use the wealth to buy success.Hw many palyers at Downs deserve to sit on bench at most of otha PSL clubs.More than 50%..MOst of those guyz dnt hv club at their heart rather they are afta Mr Motsepe's monies.THEY ARE FAT CATS JUST LYK THE SAFA ADMINISTRATOS
Anonymous
posted: 10:14 am
that SO was a penalty?!? why does the match report say he was rightly carded? admittedly i was watching while eating dinner at the spur, and the tv was a long way away, but it looked like a clear pen to me.
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 am
MUBS!!!!!!!!!

THIS IN NT FUNNY,IM FROM MTUBATUBA AND ITS 750KM FRM GP AN WENA U R TRYING TO BE SMART WITH MA NAME.

HELP ME DUDE I NEED DIRECTIONS TO CHLOORKOP,FROM SOWETO (ZOLA),SO THAT I CAN SPEAK TO GORDON B4 I GO BACK.
Anonymous
posted: 10:17 am
Nqoba- its not me who wants Kamwendo- its Bozza,

Ok Saddam I am off yr back- How is Zola? my chick stays there u Ayanda? She will give you a hud ndoda, hai kabi............
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 am
that SO was a penalty?!? why does the match report say he was rightly carded? admittedly i was watching while eating dinner at the spur, and the tv was a long way away, but it looked like a clear pen to me.
Anonymous
posted: 10:19 am
I hate this boy called Walaza, he does not have respect at all, he scored a brace against Chiefs and now he scored a goal against Sundowns.Fuck this boy, he is a new Vilakazi.
EeZee
posted: 10:20 am
Up the Bucs,but i think the defence was a bit shaky,with no clear leader,let's hope Seema,Lekgwathi,Makita & Thwala get wel soon 2 help da youngsters...da gilbert-walaza combination upfront is killer.
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 am
Guys I have to say this. The game from a technical point of view was the worst Ive seen of both teams.Why is Senzo playing in the PSL let alone Pirates? Hes distribution was amateurish.The passing was so poor only Teko and Excellent showed that they are capable. The less said about the ref the better. Bennet was so bad and allowed the game to slip away from him. He missed 2 penalties for both teams.Chabango and Mhlongo will never be BB material.No wonder Bafana is in so much trouble. Look at the quality at Carlos disposal. Absolute rubbish.
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 am
Congratulations for another brilliant perfomance by the Buccanners all round (i.e. players, technicla staff, management and most importantly the supporters). What a night it was ... most enjoyable for the Black & White Family, if only we can continue like that for many mnore games to come.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 am
MUBS IM IN ZOLA 3 BY ASSEMBLY CHURCH AND NGINO TOBHA AND KEKE THEY WANNA TK ME OUT TO JABULANI MALL!!

PROFF UBHULA AMANGA!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:26 am
that SO was a penalty?!? why does the match report say he was rightly carded? admittedly i was watching while eating dinner at the spur, and the tv was a long way away, but it looked like a clear pen to me.
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 am
Ayeye mabhakaniya ayeye
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 am
jhm- get your prioritise right ndoda, either you eat yr dinner or you watch soccer, besides the penalty did you get what you ordered. Ungath' awuboni nje!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:35 am
Amakhosi top eight, we will be on form sooner, cum NEdbank cup.
NTOWE2
posted: 10:40 am
Damn!! i wish dese guys cud win something dis season, I mean a whole decade of beautiful football but nothing to show 4 it, must be killing izipoki. gud lyk makhalanjalo dis is ur season use it! as 4 sky (old timers)hehehehe...........u r finished period
Anonymous
posted: 10:46 am
SADDAM: be careful "Bamshaya Azafe" there in Zola.
Anonymous
posted: 10:48 am
Saddam- come by Tongaat on yr way to Mtuba ndoda. You need tell me about ingane zase Jozi.

Anonymous
posted: 10:49 am
Pirates will never win the leaugue.This one is for Ajax so forget BUCS supporters.Chiefs will end in number 3 and Pirates in number 9.
Anonymous
posted: 10:50 am
Vuyo Mere and Benson Mhlongo - Bafana Bafana internationals - He He He.... He He He....
Anonymous
posted: 10:58 am
NONKE NIYA BEDA. The league is not yet clear as to who will take it who will be on the Top 8, stop predicting guys this is soccer and i said this many times this season is tough have you ever thought in your life Thandha will beat Chiefs and Amazulu will beat Sundowns and Pirates. And it will get tougher with Bra Jomo Stars and Thidiela Stars are fighting the relegation.
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