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Lucky Lekgwathi (right) celebrates his goal

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Posted: 27 August 2010 Time: 20:08

Orlando Pirates came from behind to beat Vasco da Gama 2-1 in a pulsating opening to the Absa Premiership season at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday.

Some 45 000 fans turned up for the double-header that also saw Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic in action, and were not disappointed by a highly entertaining encounter.

Veteran Sibusiso Zuma put Vasco ahead, before goals from Lucky Lekgwathi and Isaac Chansa sealed the points for Pirates.

After soaking up early pressure from Bucs, Vasco took the lead on 22 minutes through the 35-year-old Zuma. Hendricks' cross to the back post was headed onto the crossbar and in by the veteran former Bafana Bafana international.

It was a sweat moment for the former Pirates man, who has plenty to prove this season after a poor spell with Mamelodi Sundowns.

The visitors were level just past the half-hour mark though as Lekgwathi bundled the ball home from close range. Vasco failed to clear the danger from a corner and when the ball was put back into the box, goalkeeper Jason Barnard could only get a soft hand on it. Lekgwathi turned the ball home with an over-head kick from about a yard out.

Ndumiso Mabena had two great chances to give Pirates the lead in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, first heading wide from Klate's tantalising cross, and then seeing Barnard pull off a world-class save to deny him from 15 yards.

But Pirates were ahead through Chansa, who took his goal well as he unleashed a shot from the edge of the box that Barnard was unable to stop.

Josephs pulled off a fine save to deny the brilliant Zuma, while substitute Bradley August hit the outside of the post with a towering header that had Josephs beaten.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:35 am

HALALA to the GALAXI of stars for parading their phenominal adidas designs and their branded style of football.

We won, that what matters, in the league, its about points not how u won those points.

Kroll is resting Mabalane and Teko for Kaizer Chiefs game(MTN), He wants them sharp and hungry. Teko will destroy Kaizer Chiefs and its fans. Mabalane will expose Khune with his accurate crossing and proof to the world that Shabba Matatazela is average.

It was good to see Ngobeni being introduced to the team and we cant wait for his combo with the "Evergreem soldier" Jali.

When i said Mabena must be loaned, some Bucs fans crucified me, but i am glad that some Bucs fans see the same thing, Kroll must stop using Mabena while we have Juju,Shaka,Msowana,Mashigo.

Good start by the Dutch Master Tectician and the Galaxi of stars.
posted: 09:46 am
Who's next in the list?he he he i can hear some zim fans saying"plz chansa don't kill us when we meet bcoz we are bankrupt,mtn8 is our last hope"VOETSEK!!!!!!! chansa bulaya ntsha tsena,habashwe.TEKO....THE GOLDEN BOY OF MZANSI.
posted: 10:13 am
hehehehehe pie-rats is going to 'win' da league!! Just lyk last season they r unstopable!!
Swona Champ!
posted: 10:24 am
Chansa! what a a player, but our strikers, needs to relax, Mabena if he is not productive, he'll be like Walaza, watch the space, he does not show hunger where it matters the most, Tlou, that's why Krol brought you back, good game, Daine that kit suits you mfana, up the bucks, we'll be behind you all the way, win or loose,win a cup or loose a cup, win the league or loose the league, thats why we are supporters!
posted: 10:25 am
Mash-do,by wining 2 rookies doesn't mean that we are unstopable,wait teal we wallop ur useless team then we can talk.Jou moer idiot,habashwe.SHAKIRAH LOVE TEKO AND PIRATES.
posted: 10:36 am
We a the happy people again.my boyz let's bring back the trophy at home.Chansa is our answer this season
posted: 12:01 pm
The substitution of T.Segolela was unjustifiable I mean da guy was deadly on that wing nd krol decided 2 tke hm off,favourism will kill bucs: I wish kroll can leave my team now befr we finish anothr season trophyles!!!!
posted: 01:43 pm
All psl trophies: Jo'moer wena
posted: 03:09 pm
they always do
posted: 04:37 pm
ndumiso is nt our material
posted: 04:38 pm
Good luck bucs Happy days are back now
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 06:52 pm
Any coach can take this Pirates team and win the league. But Krol, i doubt him. Why does he keep playing Mbuyane as a striker? Its a mystry? Mabena blew his chances of ever playing for Pirates. If the coach is sane he wont play him the next game. Where is Oturogu? Please start Msowoya next game.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 06:54 pm
All the psl teams play against Pirates the same way. If you watch Amazulu, Santos and Vasco, you will notice that they had same approach, give Pirates all the possession and kill them on the counter. Our coach has no plan B. The likes of Lucky, Klate and Chansa wont rescue the coach all the time.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 07:00 pm
I am very impressed with Jali, Chansa and Klate. These three players are special and can win Pirates the league. You can never write Teko off. I am sure Krol rested him because he realised that all teams plan around him and he gets to much attention and kicking from opposition. The experience of Lucky is also coming in handy. Tlou is also impressive, I wish players like Klate can teach him that he must not always try to drible past everyone. Crosses are more imported than dribling 3 guys and lose the ball. Also he must help with the marking. Our right back, Happy Jele had a tough day.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 09:52 am
Wel,we won but i stil dnt undstand Krol,is he lukin 4 a bad playa in a gud team or good one in a bad team?Imbuduma(Mabena) n Mbuyane had thier chances last sezin witout any sucess bt he keeps fieldin them.Tlou mus b given enough time like Mabalane coz that boy can b a jam.anyways a win is a win bt stil not convinced by Krol's tactics
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