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16/08/2011 19:30

Thulasizwe Mbuyane of Orlando Pirates battles with Enocent Mkhabela of Platinum Stars

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Mabena goal maintains 100 percent start to the season

Posted: 16 August 2011 Time: 21:29

Orlando Pirates have maintained their 100 percent start to the season with a narrow 1-0 victory over Platinum Stars at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night.

Bucs, the reigning Absa Premiership champions, had to work hard for the three points in their first league match at Orlando Stadium thanks to a battling performance from Dikwena, who perhaps deserved more out of the game.

Pirates dominated the opening exchanges and created the best chance of the first stanza when Thulasizwe Mbuyane slipped a good pass to put Daine Klate through on goal, but the winger saw his effort blocked by Stars goalkeeper Jackson Mabokwane.

The hosts created a couple more half opportunities, but in general they lacked the necessary precision in the final third of the field to really stretch the Stars defence.

Dikwena created couple of decent opportunities themselves – Henrico Botes forced a sharp save from Moeneeb Josephs with a left footed shot from a tight angle and Thuso Phala saw one effort flash across the face of goal – but they too looked a little rusty in attack.

The second half continued in much the same vein as the first, though Pirates coach Julio Leal made a bold double change on the hour mark, sending on two strikers in the shape of Benni McCarthy and Ndumiso Mabena.

And it was the latter who was the hero on the night, scoring with glancing header on 66 minutes from Oupa Manyisa’s free kick delivery.

Stars pushed hard for an equaliser in the dying minutes of the game and had a couple of penalty appeals, but their inherently cautious approach cost them in the end.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:54 pm
Eish guys did u notice dat Bennie McDonald luks lyk Dingaan Thobela....hehehehehehe jah neh so much for a team that aims to conquer Africa.
posted: 09:56 pm
To tell the truth,our offensive quartet of klate,segolela,mbuyane and ndulula are not aggresive enough.Lack of desiciveness,not wanting the ball at your feet and not pressurising opponents.a whole lot of them are playing below par.At this level players cant do basics simple.As for Leal,i dnt have a clue what kind of play is he instilling on his troops but points are most welcome.bhakajuju
posted: 09:57 pm
ai we all know who the champions are even thogh we cud want 2 denie it pirates rocks peole
posted: 09:58 pm
Bukaniya 4 sure
posted: 09:59 pm
Unlyk Chibuku fans who were so hurt by our win against Cosmos and saw a non existent offside I'm not going to say that Platinum Stars were robbed a clear penalty.
posted: 10:00 pm
What wrng wth ada haterz or they are afryd 2 cmmnt bcz of fighting spirit of diz team.ayeye cme sunday ayeyd
posted: 10:01 pm
I've never seen such a classy player lyk Bennie, so unselfish with de ball. He releases de ball in an appropriate time. I'm so impressed& ova de moon. Amen
posted: 10:01 pm
We are on Cruise Control...

Tsipa! Tsentho! U cnt even tell dt we have a new coach! Winning is in our blood!

Happy Buccaneer 4eva!
posted: 10:02 pm
@Poza i think he wants to teach them how to take responsibility of winning matches using thier own judgement, taking decisions individually on how to win....But it will take a long time to instil that considering the fact that our players are poor techtically.
What he wants needs briliant players..

But it is still the start of the season, remember this guy is a new comer.
posted: 10:04 pm
Well done Chibuku on ur unimpressive win.watch the biggest team massacre Swailos 2moro not the kak soccer we saw tonite.
posted: 10:05 pm
posted: 10:07 pm
We played scrap today,bt i am happy with 3 points,stars always dificult to beat,is like santos,mabena can only improve,lets be patient,lebhakaniya ka bo ntsho.
posted: 10:08 pm
The Bucs machine is stil warming up, I do not know what will happen when we reach top gear...we need this african games soon inorder to perfect othet combinations without risking droping points..

But what puzzels me the most is the fact that it is clear that this team is still experimenting but it gets results, picking cruicial points.
posted: 10:09 pm
But truth be told I don't c Chibuku winning anything this season. I see Leal wearing a yellow shirt in every match for luck. Hola Sundoms you saw how Chibuku played tonite. There's ur chance to play against the Mighty Chiefs in the MTN finals.
posted: 10:11 pm
Josephs,jele,thwala,sangweni,lucky,jali,manyisa,tlate,segolela,mbuyane,ndulula. Mabena+mccarthy+ngobeni=SOUTH AFRICAN PLAYERZ ONLY.which team in psl hd done dis?
posted: 10:14 pm
I can't believe dat dis is a team dat beat Ajax.Operation kill da rat nearlly prevailed bt no worries Abafana bestyle r waitin end da real test wil begin wen u face da mightiest of them all on da 17 en dis tym we won't b playin 4 da R9.50 cup watch dis space LOVE EN PEACE OUT!!!
posted: 10:16 pm
McCarthy u r da future baba, jst continue wrkng hard with da physical trainer... @ 33, I say u r da FUTURE!!

We r on Cruise Control!...

posted: 10:17 pm
Ayeye u score angainst bucs u wn a car yane absa pirates iyaroka
posted: 10:21 pm
Hahaha lol Pirates win again and haters say it was luck and boring. To tell the truth the only team that has impressed so far in the league is Bloem Celtic, the less said about Chiefs or Sundowns the better.

The galaxi of stars worry not bcause they know what they are doing. A lot of haters will continue hurting till end of the season.

Shapa Buccerneer shapa...
The Ghost
posted: 10:27 pm
tsozzo give it up o marete ... your desperation is just laughable and you will blow a gasket trying to will Pirates to lose, because we are just tooooo good for this league.
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