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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...

Anonymous
posted: 06:37 pm
Ow yeah ow yeah beat them all thank GOD we won the league shapa bucs shapaaaaaaa!
Anonymous
posted: 06:37 pm
THEY CALLED US ALL SORTS OF NAMES (MISCARIAGE FC , OPHARNS FC , ETC) TONITE WHO IS DA LAST MAN STANDING - ORLANDO PIRATES , ORLANDO PIRATES & ORLANDO PIRATES - TO ALL DA HATERS - FEEL IT , IT IS HERE
Anonymous
posted: 06:39 pm
Ahooa bhaka juju wev long salivatd 4 ths league jaanong e mo gae go thaaaaaaaaaaaaata banna
The Ghost
posted: 06:40 pm
We are the best, and how sweet it is. To my fellow Buccaneers celebrating this historic moment I say unto you 'HALALA' we had believers and non believers. Believers like Tholly.ba.Thate who always had something positive to say even when the going was tough. UP THE BUCS!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:41 pm
Congradulations to Orlando Pirates for winning the ABSA Premiership, you guys played well this season and you deserve it!
Anonymous
posted: 06:41 pm
well it seems like m da only elite bucs fan left 2 comment...

I plea 4 krol 2 stay!!! Period i mean dis year we had done 26million already... 8 m mtn 8....thokozile modise cup 6m....absa 2010/2011 10m!!! Telkom cup run up...sumwhr 3mill...= 29 million...

N m still counting.... If u knw wat i mean...*nedbank cup* crying 4 parktown
stability
posted: 06:45 pm
SHUT UP AND LISTEN WEN I TALK!Mr khoza pls i m beggin u keep Mr krol cause this man build this team, he made it wat it is 2day of course with ur support and i blv this man is da chosen 1 2 conquer Africa 4 us pls.dnt repeat da mistake of gordon nd barreto.this team can win africa as it is if u are goin 2 gt a new coach it is 2 zero again,bakajuju who are da happy ppl nw nedbank here we come
Anonymous
posted: 06:45 pm
DA TREBLE DREAM LIVES ON - NEDBANK CUP HERE WE COME -
Anonymous
posted: 06:46 pm
Aliwal North let's hear it for Bongani Ndulula - the PSL Champ. Congrats fellow Bucs fans it's been a long hard journey with unending insults hurled our way but THE CHAMPS ARE HERE!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 06:48 pm
Pirates rocks, sorry Tiyani and other 'experts',you'll have been proven wrong.Shapa Chansa Shapa!
Anonymous
posted: 06:48 pm
Stanton Lewis was when he said ''kids(Ajax) doN't win league''. Congrats Bucs u deserve it.Lekhosi ka Nkane.
Anonymous
posted: 06:49 pm
How ironic that the coach of orlando pirates 2 seasons back lost the league the same he won it today shapa bhaka bhaka shapa
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 06:49 pm
I m going 2 buy a pink shirt 4 myself as wel,gona wear my new gear at Mbombela
Anonymous
posted: 06:58 pm
I'm humbled by this win & but all in all we must thank God for this victory.it was no longer in our hands but God is so good!
Guys I want to believe that if Irvin had not intervene when we were heading for dispute with Grace Church easter celebration we were going to loose this league!
It a miracle from God & most of us spirit were dented!
But glory be to God!
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 06:58 pm
So meaning Stanton Lewis knows his team very well,for years we always lost da league in funny ways n now Ajax seem 2 b jinxed as well.

Halala Buccaneers,The Sea Robbers unda Captain Krol
Anonymous
posted: 07:02 pm
@ last we got sumtin to smile of and that 10 yrs of waitin is goin 2 hunt chips feel sory for khosi 4 days ayeyeee
Anonymous
posted: 07:02 pm
Once a Donkey always Stupid!!!
You are so spot on with your name! I wonder which part of the world you come from!
Swallow your egocentric & small pride & say with your guts against you & say Congrats!Bucs you are Champs!
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 07:03 pm
u ban' asinika lento.

Treble for Bucselona.

Team effort. Thank you to mabhakaniya on this site as we have survived a hailing insult from all other teams donkeys. Thank s to the players. Thanks to Krol as we are about to say good bye to you in a week time. Thanks to Iron Duke. Please with the 24 million we can 3 top defenders and 1 good striker.

thank you mabhakaniya.
Anonymous
posted: 07:03 pm
The so called football expects had written us off our lose to Ajax but the boys proved that football is played on the field of play not on the commentary box remember the days of coach Papic we played the best football like they did but won nothing that's the cruelty of the game well done to Ajax they gave good run!
Anonymous
posted: 07:10 pm
To all Chimpanzees like Nipson,khosisomething etc we thank you guys for your appreciation!
It was a tough league & if it wasn't your great display against these kids we would have long lost it!
You really showed that you come from us!
Thank you,thank you everyone!
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