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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...

posted: 08:58 am
Mazayoni, asoze saphelamandla..........!!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 08:58 am
Acer was in partnership with Chiefs since 2003, and its not that BIG compared to dell or HP. same class with sahara. no quality(fong kong from Malaysia)
posted: 09:00 am
Acer was in partnership with Chiefs since 2003, and its not that BIG compared to dell or HP. same class with sahara. no quality(fong kong from Malaysia)
posted: 09:14 am
Of the so called 96 class....its only Tovey and Steve who stand a chance of taking BB to greater heights in future. The rest are useless. These two are prepared to cross rivers infested with crocodiles while the rest are either drinking beer or coaching non existent development structures. To pirates I say hard luck guys.....mara nani mani you were really beginning to irritate since u downed Chips Swai & Downs (in that order). Ibhola liyaginqika!!!!
posted: 09:19 am
Champ Thivhu
posted: 09:23 am
My question is, Where was quality when you lost?
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 09:23 am
As long as they moer both Chimpz and Sundowns it's fine. They are home and dry.
posted: 09:46 am
And then you say Josephs is better than Khune. That guy gave Aces their goal and he should have been red carded and conceded a penalty for tripping that Aces striker in the box, its just that the referee was just lenient to pirates
posted: 09:49 am
I would like also to mention the penalty and Red cards that were denied against Pirates when Josephs deliberately held a player legs after he was beaten to teh ball. Our refrees are becoming too sympathetic to Pirates now and this drops the standard of refereeing in teh PSL. Please mr ref, judge it as it is not as you want it to be.
Please kickoff lets discuss that penalty..Pirates are CHEATS!! Sies...even referees cant help pirates to score..they can deny penalties and red card at as much as they can but Pirates wont score.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 10:11 am

You cabbages should not be complaining about referees. Many of the kaizer Cabbages cups are due to bribes of match official. Daylight robberies were the order of the day, remember the Rothmans cup final? Just at the beginning of this season, firts ever game you were assisted with a dubious penalty.
posted: 10:26 am
Dikotsi: 2010-10-21 09:4

Please joe man stop inflating izinti ezingekho, I dont deny the fact that Joseph brought Maleka down but which other incident has the referees been merciful with. It only happened yesterday besides it didn't cost Aces their 3 full points.
posted: 10:27 am
Pirates is just an average team like all these small teams. They have got nothing special. How can you lose to Aces?? PIRATES PLAYS BETTER WHEN THEY PLAY AGAINST CHIEFS OR SUNDOWNS. NOT THE SMALL TEAMS. PIRATES IS NOT GOING TO WIN THE LEAGUE EVEN THEIR SUPPORTERS KNOW THAT. where is the noise these people make now? GONE!! KHOSI4LIFE!!!!!!!!
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