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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...

posted: 09:08 pm
The Colonel was busy preparing his team while the Father and the Son were sipping cocktails
posted: 09:09 pm
People are supposed to be talking but they are not doing that.
posted: 09:14 pm
Can anyone tell me where tzozo is? Tzozo, are you there? Please wake up from the comma!
posted: 09:17 pm
pirate is da team of da seoson,krol is da coach of da seoson,jali is da player of da seoson,khoza is chairman of da seoson&nipson is da suporter of da seoson,long live bucs long live
posted: 09:26 pm
The wise man kept Krol when idiots were hunting 4 his blood. The wise man signed more than 40 players in one season 2 prepare 4 injuries as wel as suspensions & loaned others. Today were harvesting fresh fruits! We're the champions & Africa here we come again! Up the Bucs!
posted: 09:27 pm
Aweeeh! Mabhakaniya! Tjovitjo!

Now for the Champs League, phela that gold star had started fading to silver. mh.
posted: 09:38 pm
Galaxy of stars made us proud tdy. Its tym 2 dominate african football again! The wise man kindly giv Krol 5yrs contract, we want to rule the continent again!
posted: 09:38 pm
Its abv going 2 get the new shiny star. Nd its a shame 2 the Cape Town team.

Pirates rocked S.A for the hole season.

Shapa Buccaner Shapa
posted: 09:49 pm
Weldne myt best team Pirates,credit 2 coach Ruud Krol,weldne boys, UP DE BUCS.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 10:05 pm
Sum1 said he wil walk NAKED if Bucs won da league,keep yo promise bro n lets c wat u got.
All PSl said he wud giv his woman to Swona,its time guys,lets stick 2 our bets guys.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 11:04 am
Van Basten
posted: 08:32 am
Once a Cosmos always a Pirates. What a peaceful weekend. I slept like a baby. The Zimbabweans were silenced and there was no noise,thanks Bakajuju
Van Basten
posted: 08:34 am
Now my worry is that every coach who wins the league for Pirates gets fired, Barretto,Igesund.Hope this time Khoza will apply his mind.
posted: 02:34 pm
Can I change my tune now.It goes like this."Keep Mr Krol for the next three seoson".
posted: 02:34 pm
Can I change my tune now.It goes like this."Keep Mr Krol for the next three seoson".
posted: 01:23 pm
Pirates e ja batho today
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