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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...

Anonymous
posted: 10:27 pm
Which team had ever played wth SA players only da whole match n won which team?
Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
Not one of the best games we have played but w welcome the much needed maximum points,,,,i think Mr Leal has a lot of work ahead of him he needs to find the corect working formula before its too late.

With Mayambela not playing today i was expecting Bester to be given a run but hey we can do a lot without the wasteful n Benni's experience wil be vital throughout the season

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipaaaaaa

Ichuuuuuuuuuuuu
siyambongela
posted: 10:29 pm
that was too close, i must say Platinum Stars are going pto compete for any cup this season, as for Benni, i idont think he's fit nor ready to play, Leal must give bester a chance we need energetic striker,
Anonymous
posted: 10:30 pm
Tzozo u START boring ma bro
Anonymous
posted: 10:30 pm
"Pirates won their 2nd league match nd we must win too,lets show them they nt better than us also we must win 3 cups like they did remember guys if you fail to do that Im gona loose my job,nd u Parker u keep missing those penalties I subtitute u same time ask Nale wht I did to him,u Tau keep ears open u cant jst hear a whistle blown behind the stadium nd think its refree's in fact u must hav been in the bench long tym thanks to Bobby who promise to fire me if I bench u,guys there nothing I will say u saw how Pirates played I cant keep repeating myself"
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 pm
da bucs are busy collecting da points weras da zebras are busy collecting useless zimbabweans. Boby sucks
Anonymous
posted: 10:33 pm
Tlou was not his day 2day,he lost many opportunities bt keep it up boy nxt tym
siyambongela
posted: 10:35 pm
@Tzozo, you dont need to comment if you dont have anything constructive to say, i also doubt that you played soccer judging by your comment, people like you are dilute the love & passion some people have in soccer. PSL is growing every season, so the competion, its pity that you wont see that hence you're horse headed you only watch Chiefs then give shepeless criticism, grow up chief!!!
The Ghost
posted: 10:36 pm
EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
@tzozo- stop dreaming my bra, swalows gona wipe ure s..hole 2morow. up da bucs
Anonymous
posted: 10:43 pm
Thankx MAMELODI MOZAMBIQUE FANS 4 NOT COMMENTING HERE UNLIKE DIS KAIZER ZIMBAMBWE
The Ghost
posted: 10:50 pm
EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 10:50 pm
EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 10:50 pm
EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 10:51 pm
EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 10:51 pm
EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
The Ghost
posted: 10:51 pm
EAT YOUR HEARTS OUT HATERS!!!!!!!!!!!
CAF Rule 14.1
posted: 10:55 pm

It really painful being a Khosi Fan....while some teams are signing playyers like Fabregas Cheifs is signing Zimbabweans shooo!
Anonymous
posted: 10:57 pm
SHAPA BUCS SHAPA
poza
posted: 10:59 pm
i think there is always for improvement.as for this new match officials,they are utter nonsense.better the devil you know than the you dont.bhakajuju
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