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Matsatsantsa extend championship lead

Posted: 12 April 2008 Time: 22:37

Supersport United beat Orlando Pirates 1-0 and, as a result, extended their lead at the top of the Absa Premiership log to four points ahead of Ajax Cape Town.

It was not a great match from a technical point of view, but it was full of tension. The match was interrupted in the second half due to a problem with the floodlights at the Johannesburg Stadium.

The Buccaneers are now in sixth position on the log. However, they have only won one of their last six league encounters, which will put pressure on their coach Owen da Gama.

Matsatsantsa keeper Denis Onyango was back from suspension, but coach Gavin Hunt opted to continue with the experienced Andre Arendse between the posts. The Buccaneers, meanwhile, had Teko Modise back from suspension.

Supersport started the game in a blitz, scoring in the second minute thanks to a goal by Elias Pelembe, after a good cross from the left by the always hard-working Ethiopian striker Fikru Teferra. The Pirates defence was clearly caught napping.

Five minutes later, Katlego Mashego nearly scored the second goal via a well-timed left-footed bicycle kick. The ball, however, went just wide.

The Buccaneers tried to come back, but did not create any real chances. Their only opportunity to score came when Matsatsantsa defender Bongani Khumalo looked to head the ball away out of the box, before suddenly leaving the ball for Arendse behind him, who did not expect it. But the veteran goalkeeper reacted alertly, catching the ball in the second instance.

Both teams had a habit of losing possession of the ball too often, with Pirates midfielder Modise being one of the main culprits.

Nearly five minutes into the second half, Pirates striker Gilbert Mushangazhike got an excellent chance to equalize, but his shot went wide.

The Buccaneers started to dominate the midfield, while the Matsatsantsa defence fell back too easily and too quickly. Supersport still missed their influential captain Ricardo Katza in defence, but they were lucky to have a cool-head in Arendse, who organised his defence well.

Pirates coach Da Gama attempted to change the game by replacing defensive midfielder Lindokuhlu Mkhwanazi with the more attack-minded Lebohang Mokoena.

A well-taken free kick by Modise from about 25 metres was well saved by Arendse.

However, the game was interrupted halfway through the second half due to a problem with the floodlights at the Johannesburg Stadium. The break to sort out the malfunctioning lights took about 40 minutes, which, of course, did not make life easy for the players, who had to warm-up again.

Just after the extended stoppage Supersport's Daine Klate got a free header in front of the Pirates goal, but he got the header completely wrong, sending the ball far wide – a poor miss.

Thereafter, the game went up and down with both teams getting opportunities to score.

After the game, Supersport coach Gavin Hunt commented, "Last week we were poor, losing against AmaZulu. But tonight we did well and we deserved the win!"

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:08 am
I have been a Pirates for 36 years but I must say this I will eat my shoes if Pirates can win the league let alone getting number 5 position, not with ODG, it is good to support the team and as well good to be realistic as well, here I am being realistic, and it wouldn't be good for them to win the league playing like this, next season they need to release not less than 15 players and the coach and only sign 8,
posted: 10:28 am
Its a shame to see a big team like Pie Rats produce such bad perfomance. Local coaches its not like we don't like them but they need to prove us wrong, their tactics are good for development but ccan't compete on the PSL level.
Amakhosi 4 life.
posted: 10:39 am
pie-rats are championship material,they are good runners up....ha ha ha!!!bunch of loosers.watch the glamour boys today drubbing the old age home...oh! and we are going to jump u after winning.dvd+tshabalala+sibeko+phala=destruction..!
posted: 10:49 am
I never thought I would say this but it is the fact the best team in the psl for me is Arrows, win or lose they do not shy away from their tradition of fast and entertaining soccer, not known technical team, but they are performing wonders,,well the top three for me they are just average teams only playing defensive soccer but at least they are winning, and the best soccer administrator of all time is Patrice Motsepe, he does not wait for supporters to tell him that the coach is bad he fires the useless coach and it does not only end there he buys the best players for his team, whilst Pirates buy average players and promote useless development players, at least Chiefs is showing signs of interest in their team, they have signed Tolreaba, Pirates has about 40 something players but of that may be only 13 are good players and its not all of them that get a chance to play.. the worst technical team is Pirates technical team, one cannot compare them to Leopard because leopard have limited resources,,,I say this and I will say it again, Papic was far betterr coach then the last two we have had and its high time Khoza do something , make ODG assistant and get a new knowlegdeable coach, where on earth do you see a person with motorbike licence driving horse and trailer? that is the case with Pirates,, I have never been so critical of my team Pirates but they are pathetic with their coach and it is high time Palacious pack his back and go back to Peru or joins abafana bestyle if it is true that he has convinced Mokoena not to renew his contract sis man!!
posted: 06:47 pm
Well, well, well..! I have said it before that Pirates are not capable of winning millions. Maybe if ABSA can change the price of the league winner to 900 000, then maybe pirates could win it.
posted: 06:56 pm
Nang'uEllias caspa domingos pelembe. ayeye, uyu'sholo yourself
posted: 06:20 pm

As a Bucs supporter I am dispointed with the results. I think its safe to say that we are out of the contention for the league. I agree with a few readers that Pirates' technincal team is the weakest in PSL.
Any coach in the PSL can successfully plan Pirates' demise. Our approach to the game is the same every game.

The coach need to surprise his opposition with different combinations and formations. How about pushing Modise to a more attacking role and leave Kwamendo to Control things in the Middle.Or try to play Chenene right behind strikers, he one of the best finishers. Give Mhlambi a chance, we have nothing to loose anyway.

As for the Non-Pirates supporters in this forum, You only re-iterate how big Pirates is as a brand, No wonder you always happy when we loose. True, we are going through a really bad time and it will end, hopefully soon!
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