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Chiukepo Msowoya celebrates scoring with teammate Dikgang Mabalane

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Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town comfortably

Posted: 30 October 2010 Time: 22:17

Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 3-0 in a League game on Saturday night.

Goals from Chiukepo Msowoya, Daine Klate and Tlou Segolela ended the Urban Warriors’ unbeaten run in the league and saw the Buccaneers move to within four points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns. Ajax had Thulani Hlatshwayo sent off in the 70th minute.

Pirates dominated the early exchanges and certainly looked the sharper, livelier team as they used their quick passing and movement to put Ajax on the back foot. And the home side’s promising start was rewarded with an early lead when Chiukepo Msowoya scored a sure contender for goal of the season in the 11th minute.

Picking up the ball midway inside Ajax’s half – in acres of space – the Malawian striker moved a few metres forward before unleashing a fierce drive that ended in the top corner of the net and left Hans Vonk clutching at nothing more than thin air.

The Urban Warriors were left a little shell-shocked by the Buccaneers’ confident start to the game but they gradually began to get a foothold in the contest, using the flanks well to threaten the home side’s defence.

However, Pirates were just the width of a post away from making it 2-0 in the 36th minute. Dikgang Mabalane clipped a fine cross from the right into the penalty area and Daine Klate arrived unmarked to meet the ball – his right-footed volley had Vonk beaten but rebounded off the upright.

Ajax coach Foppe de Haan made two changes at the start of the second half, throwing on Nhlanhla Vilakazi and Lebohang Manyama in an effort to gain control of the midfield battle. Yet, initially at least, there was no change to the pattern of the match: Pirates dominated possession and the Cape side spent most of their time defending.

And with 20 minutes to play any real hope Ajax had of getting anything out of the game were all but snuffed out when defender Thulani Hlatshwayo received his second yellow card for an unnecessary hand-ball and was sent off, leaving the visitors with just ten men.

Pirates took almost immediate advantage of their numerical superiority, with Klate firing home a second goal in the 74th minute after a horrendous error from Clayton Daniels, who inexplicably missed a clearance from inside his own penalty area and allowed Msowoya to set-up his teammate.

Bucs rubbed further salt into Ajax’s wounds in the 88th minute when winger Tlou Segolela used his incredible pace to outstrip the visitors’ defence before cracking a low shot past the helpless Vonk to make it 3-0.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 12:35 am
cum de 13th millions wil be cryin whn de mighty bucs sinks de chimpanzez!! shapa buccanner shapaaaaaaaa
posted: 12:57 am
The pic says it all luk hw empty the stadium is n the game is playd@ a twnship. swak we mus jus gv up we nt a footbal country
posted: 01:01 am
Ban the vuvuzela then okes lyk myslf n im sure many wil fil stadiums in numbers. I may only bn born in 90' n 20yrs old bt i knw ths thng ws neva part of our culture its a recent invention
posted: 01:06 am
Wow! What a game! Pirates ya rocka big time.ngobeni,jali,johannes and msowoya(yakubu) stood out 4me,how can 4get captain my captain?it was emotional to see my Teko.woza 13 november kuzonyiwa.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
posted: 01:14 am
Mystery ya tumelo,i think ua out of a line outie or girl or gay or lesbian,the article says"PIRATES SINK AJAX" and nobody asked u to analyze the pic but comment on that topic,about vuvuzela ua wright it was not part of our culture but it is now,live with that or don't bother go to stadiums.SHAKI LV TEKO AND BUCS.
posted: 01:32 am
I didn't watch the game but from the reports OPFC is one of the force to reckon with. I love and obssessed to OPFC.
posted: 03:51 am
Am impresed by the margin,this shows a lot of improvement,Krol listened to what i was sayin about our poor scoring record,keep up the good work,ke thupa feela lemong sena.

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa.
posted: 06:02 am
congrats pistols fc ....u played well ...i really wish pie city fans can be consistent in criticing their coach cos guys lyk nyosi wer criticising him yestaday saying that he is clueless lyk sunclowns coach!
posted: 06:29 am
bucs the new real madrid of mzansi like it or not
posted: 07:05 am
@ zamorano: if pirates are real madrid, who's Sergio Ramos, Happy Jele? Not a chance!
posted: 07:18 am
Congrats Bucs. These are the results of good management, belief & support 2 the coach, wise investment in2 the team by Mr Khoza. This process didn't start now but the results are only evident now. Hats-off 2 Khoza & Krol n 2 those supporters & players who had faith in Krol. Always a Bird.
posted: 07:35 am
I hope and trust that this is the beginning of scoring spree for our own Msowoya...haaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwuuuuuuuuuuuuueeeeeeeeennnnnnnnnngggggggggggg...go tla nna thaaaaaaaaaaaaaaataaaaa bannnnnnnnnnaaaaaa!
posted: 07:44 am
tankie hangwe(msowoya), tankie habedi (klate), tankie hararo (segolela)
Up da Bucs, Once & Always
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 07:45 am
now dats wat i call a winin team,Mbuyane's absent n we score 3 goals n wat does dat tel Krol?Msoyoya is a scoring machine,wow we r breakin al reccords now n i hop we break SS hoodoo in TKO.

once,always n 4eva
posted: 07:48 am
i just can't wait 4 da 13th of november 2 hav my daily bread chiefz.pirates is on song.shapa bucs shapa!!!
posted: 07:52 am
like one pirates supporter would say: tsipa tsentsho tsipa. I wish cabbages lose today. Dlala matsatsantsa.
posted: 08:20 am
pirates are on song. 13 November is the day to look forward to.
posted: 08:25 am
Thanks pirates 4 biting ajax now sundowns is 4 point clear ontop as supersport gonna bit kaizer thieves chapa sadawana chapa
Champ Toad
posted: 08:32 am
Well done to the Happy Team.

Just thought I should congratulate the team and particularly the technical team lead by Krol. I'm glad the coach seem to be learning from his mistakes and is also listening to the other stake holders such as the supporters.

Just like Sundowns supporters, Pirates supporters are very knowledgeable when it comes to this game. One of the major differences between the Pirates of last season and this Pirates so far is that there seem to be little or no favoritism from the coach (this is what supporters have been asking for). We have had 'Chiefs Assassin' Mashego, Chansa, Otorago, Msowoya, Mabena, Malokase, Sox, Manyambela, Mabalane, Klate, Ngobeni, Jali, Modise, Mbuyane, Manyisa, etc. all given a chance. The results are there for everyone to see (including a Cup in the bag). Yes, there is still a long way to go but I think with the commitment I see from the players we will definitely compete well.

We had a very good game last night similar to that we had against Golden Arrows, pressurizing those skillful Ajax players whenever they were in position of the ball. Upon winning the ball we kept the position nicely while aggressively attacking them. For a change we capped our good performance with three great goals.

Happy People! please attend our home games and support the team. These guys are really playing some great soccer.

Once a Happy Person Always a Happy Ghost
posted: 09:00 am
Well said Toad,ua spot on my fellow juju.i have noticed sumthing that when a player gets injured or suspension he finds it difficult to break through.e.g Cloete,chansa,mbuyane.Hats off to mr chairman The iron duke by buying the quality players.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
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