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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...

posted: 09:13 pm
Lol, i see Alfred's shooting from the hip, hahaha!!!!!But if truth be told, we gonna beat both Downs(Nedbank Cup) and Bucs (derby) there are no two ways about this!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 09:29 pm
Lesego I saw you moan about SABC, R U suprised? As if thats not enough, they'll broadcast SA/Paraguay match @ 10,remember they call themselves public brodcaster.
posted: 10:00 pm
askies Mabhakabhaka, Sbu xola sbali, otherwise khosi for life!!!!
posted: 11:46 pm
Sam, don't bother yourself by saying "Askies" to these people, otherwise you'll keep on saying it every weekend cause I'm telling you they will loose till the end of the season....Anyway Amakhosi 4 life...
posted: 06:09 am
ODG u must call Gordon and he ll tell u keeping 2 much faith in ur then good performers costs a job. Its time 2 introduce walaza & modise as subs now otherwise grandpa they is a lot of crying 2 be witnessed. As 4 Kaizer Referees FC UR TEAMS NEEDS 2 GO LEARN HOW TO STOP BEAUTIFULLY OCHESTRATED HEADERS. 4-6-0 is producing goals at least and we not conceding. Sundowns have been ruthless on the road, so watchout in DURBAN.
posted: 07:57 am
I wonder how long will it takes 4 Pilatus(pierates)to come 2 theire sens that playing entertaining games and achieving is taking them nowhere. Amakhosi are back now they,pierates are afraid us Khosi.It is only a matter of time and we will overtake you.
posted: 10:42 am
eish maar god is great, ladies and gentlemen!!!!! well done to thanda zulu royals...hats off to you boys...u've done some of us khosis proud
posted: 10:45 am
Is Bernard Parker still interested in playing for the best team in PSL, Kaiser Chiefs?
posted: 10:51 am
Well played Thanda..excellent game strategy..but once you went two up, you changed to long ball, the passing game was killing pirates, as they do not like it when the other team are in possession, just worries me Ryan Botha looks a bit overweight??, but still a good player.
posted: 03:46 pm
Once a Pirate always a Pirate.I admitt the team is playing very bad and on top of it coach keeps on praising.For what I don't know maybe he is afraid of Khoza's 'K'word.The whole needs to be overhauled.I don't know what ODG sees at Masehe and Walaza not matured for Big league.Wake up ODG something is coming for you.No trophies for the last past +/-15 yrs.Cups always early shower or knocked out in the final.Every team knows now that Pirates are easy meat whether cup/league game.
posted: 10:31 am
Mpaheni, Mpahla kahliza, Lybon, nabanye, khanindipheni icuba madoda ndiyanqanqatheka apha, kulunge nokuba yiBB Best blend okanye i Boxer. Cigarette smoking is dangerous and cancerous by the late Peter Tosh.
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