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Pirates are champions!

Posted: 21 May 2011 Time: 17:03

Orlando Pirates were crowned 2010/11 Absa Premiership champions on a dramatic last day of the season as they beat Lamontville Golden Arrows 2-1 at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

After Ajax Cape Town were held to a 2-2 draw by Maritzburg United in the Mother City, Pirates netted six minutes from time through Isaac Chansa to secure the League title, their first since 2003.

The home side took the lead through Bongani Ndulula, but Collins Mbseuma restored parity before halftime for the visitors. It was left up to Chansa to pop up late and secure the championship for the Soweto giants.

Golden Arrows stopper Helton da Rocha had to be at his brilliant best to deny Thulasizwe Mbuyane early on after he was set-up by Dikgang Mabalane.

Pirates suffered a blow midway through the first half when Mabalane limped off injured to be replaced by Mark Mayambela but they continued to dominate the play.

The Buccaneers were ahead seven minutes before the break through national Under-23 star Ndulula as he finished from Andile Jali’s pinpoint pass.

But the lead lasted just three minutes as ex-Kaizer Chiefs star Mbesuma provided a neat finish to make the score 1-1.

Ndulula should have made it 2-1 to Bucs but he saw his effort go off target as the home side camped in the Golden Arrows half.

The goal they needed duly came with six minutes to go as the Zambian Chansa fired home from outside the box to send the fans into delirium.

It was a lead they held on to and take home their third championship of the PSL era.

Previous comments on this story...

Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 05:41 pm
This is just a small achievmnt 4 us,our main focus is to add another star to our brand.
Anonymous
posted: 05:41 pm
shaaapaaa bhakaniya shaapaa coz sum r crying, sum r dancing
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 05:44 pm
@ Khosi

Yo words r so mature baba n thanks 4 being a sportsman,after all its just a game
Anonymous
posted: 05:54 pm
Abasssssshhhhhhhhhwwwwwwweeeeeeeeeee.
buddahsandes
posted: 05:55 pm
@ Khosi you said it BRO.
To all those who hold PhDs(Player Hating Degrees) hate on. The fact is Pirates are the CHAMPS. MABHAKABHAKA you have reason to celebrate. GOD willing we'll do the same come Nedbank FINALS. Viva the Sea Robbers, KROL my coach , LUCKY my captain, JALI the little magician, CHANSA the man and the whole team we say thank YOU, THE GHOST IS HAPPY.
Anonymous
posted: 05:57 pm
Krol I'm Happy 4 U my man. Your own Boss didn't have faith in u BUT u've proved yo worth. I hope u take what's yo'z and exit since they had u walking the plank already.
Anonymous
posted: 05:58 pm
HALALA MABHAKABHAKA, FINALY..FINALY..FINALY WE'VE MADE IT, TO GOD BE THE GLORY!! ONCE AND ALWAYS A BHAKANIYA!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Nipsy
posted: 06:02 pm
Congrats Orphans you deserve it, if you had good strikers I believe you could have won it long ago. We didn't deserve to win the league VV was amazing, any way we all make mistakes. When someone is doing good you should congratulate them, My fellow Khosi's lets congratulate these Donkeys they have done well this season and we were never consistent.
Anonymous
posted: 06:02 pm
scientist study nd gt it wrong.2day is nt de end of world,bt is de of joy 2 orlando pirate.xap
Anonymous
posted: 06:03 pm
y ajax uyabona ngok ngeke silale yile pie- rats. Anyway congrats rats!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:09 pm
I understand all the excitement. A small team has won the league!
Anonymous
posted: 06:09 pm
Others will be number 3 until Jesus comes back.
Anonymous
posted: 06:11 pm
Up the bucs, we won the league by 4 goals difference and chiefs beat Ajax 4-0. Guest list for the party will be as follows: Hans Vonk,Maritzburg UTD and Chiefs
Krol hater
posted: 06:17 pm
He he he he, Pirates will only win the premiership after the world cup, thinking that time will never come. Feel it, it is here. Ho thaaaaaaaaaata banna, ho o le lekhosi
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 06:17 pm
We r the champions,we r the champions,currently watchin Bucselona,another champion,wat a coincident,i feel proud 2 b asociated wit champions
Anonymous
posted: 06:20 pm
i wud lyk 2 make s african football loving ppl aware dat wenever pirates do well it reflets on de national team, pirates being de biggest n oldest is wining titles, bafana r also doing wel, just lyk wen al ahly do wel so does de pharohs, wen enyimba is on song, nigeria is on song, shuld i continue
Gold & Black
posted: 06:24 pm
Jelous down!!!WELL DONE ORLANDO PIRATES,CONGRATULATIONS,Celebrate, you are the 2010/2011 CHAMPS.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 06:26 pm
The opotunistic Robert Marawa wanted 2 b the headliner wit Ajax but unfotunately went wrong.
Anonymous
posted: 06:30 pm
PIRATES YA ROCKA - I HEAR DA KC FUNERAL PLAN IS BANKRUPT AFTER OPFC WAS CROWNED CHAMPS - MILLION CHIPS FANS COMMITTED SUICIDE !!!hahahhhhhhhhhhh habashwe !!!!!!!
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 06:33 pm
I say a BIG THANK YOU to our Lord Jesus Christ. He answered our prayers. Now we focus to the next one. Some are still busy calling us names and forgeting to support their own teams. Anyway, you can't understand the mind of an idiot. You know yourselves.
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