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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...

Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 05:26 pm
Ajax Coach is such an honest guy, he summed it up by saying Pirates were a better team and deserve the win. Ajax was outplayed and outclassed. That was superdiski displayed by a superbrand. Up the Mighty Bucs!!
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 05:28 pm
It seems like Krol is slowly but surely proving some of us wrong. Mabhakaniya, what do you think about Chansa's new role. He worked hard though, winning bolls and trying to shoot.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 05:31 pm
Jali had an avarage game, it looks like teams are now planning around Jali. The instruction seems to be kick him out of the game and you are finished with Pirates. The referee is not protecting the player. What I like about him, is that he did not allow Ajax players to bully him, he started to kick back.
posted: 05:41 pm
King u r spot on my fellow comrade,there is a lot tht needs 2 b done,imagine if all those minor problems r sorted wht a blazin fire bucs will be.Krol has all the material he just needs 2 polish this tools 2 perfection to cos more havoc to all psl teams.

Tsipa tse ntsho tsipa,,e jwalo.

I also think Msowoya shud b given enaf play time n he will b our solution in tht strikin deapartment.
posted: 06:52 am
Clifford Ngobeni was my man of the match.....even Ajax coach Foppe de Haan saw that.

The guy is now doing all the dirty work and is giving chance to Jali and Chansa to shine and move up.

Teko has class....I mean you can't take that away from him.
posted: 07:57 am
MABHAKABHAKA i am not saying we should n't celebrate, but i would like us to discuss our areas of concern and development.

Rooi Mahamutsa is the weakest link in our defence
Happy Jele does not time his runs and there is no communication between Jele and The Terminator.
Mabalane hold the ball too long and delay play.
Chansa needs to stop collecting Yellow cards, this will cost us important games.
Msowoya is brilliant but he plays too deep as oppose to Otorugu.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 08:15 am
I always had hope in Msowoya and still have.
Swona Champ!
posted: 08:16 am
just last week, OP fans were saying the coach's techtics were poor, we cant score more than two goals, Teko, we are defencive, we played with Chansa, Jali and Ngobeni, yet we were very offensive than all the games we played this season, chiefs, start collecting your cabbages, we are on the way, 13nth, you have enough time to harvest!
posted: 05:59 pm
mr jali keep on the good work nxt season barcelona is ur home,as for mahamutsa ah dis guy he is a very dedicated player he plays lyk pirates is his own club o a e sweela pirates boy thnk u keep da gud work
posted: 06:04 pm
pirates the unbeaten records breaker ,chiefs jst do urslf a favour n loose 2 any ada team or else pirates is gona break lyk they did to sundowns n ajax
posted: 11:37 pm
Outstanding performance Buccaneer. Not to bust your bubble, one has to admit that Serero, Terror and Doutie's absence was the catalyst. I am appalled at the lack of depth at Ajax. It goes without saying that they won't be releasing Serero anytime soon.
posted: 07:46 am
What a game! Bucs are bad news to some teams this year. Watch this space
posted: 08:57 pm
what a fantastic goal from Chiukepo Msowoya. Keep iu up boy. Malawi is proud of you.
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