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Charles Mopeli
28/09/2011 19:30

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Free State Stars steal a last-minute goal against Orlando Pirates

Posted: 28 September 2011 Time: 21:30

Noah Chivuta scored at the death to hand Free State Stars their first win over Orlando Pirates in over a decade on Wednesday.

Ea Lla Koto had last beaten the Buccaneers in 1998/99 – also by a 1-0 score line – until Chivuta struck in injury time to hand the Free State side a narrow but deserved victory.

It is Pirates' third loss in the Premiership this season and although there is still a long way to go in the championship race, their hopes of defending the title already look under threat.

The hosts could have opened the scoring in just the fourth minute, but full-back Rudiger Gilbert scooped his shot over the crossbar.

Pirates also had early shots at goal through Andile Jali and Ruben Cloete, but both were comfortably handled by Stars keeper Kennedy Mweene.

Midway through the first half Pirates created a good opportunity to open the scoring through midfielder Oupa Manyisa, but he put his headed effort over the target.

Both teams struggled to create further chances and it was no surprise that the half-time score was 0-0.

The second half continued in much the same vein, but as the clock wound down it was the home team who gained the ascendancy and began to turn the screw on the visitors.

With just over 10 minutes to play, Stars very nearly broke the deadlock, as Brown got a shot on target only to see it cleared away from danger by Happy Jele.

The hosts continued to look the likelier scorers as full time neared, with striker Boitumelo Sekgobela shooting just wide of the near post on 84 minutes.

In injury time Ea Lla Koto were finally rewarded for their persistence, with Chivuta scoring direct from a free-kick to hand them a famous victory.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:56 pm
@ Godfrey mch appreciated broda! U olwyz kipt me on my toez. Gud nyt thou as m slipng
Gucci Man
posted: 10:57 pm
@ Motlokoa ,inflammatory ,abijan95,rocha ,Bucselona
Ha ha ha ha...yhooo guys can't stop laughing with your comments

@ nespray is a movie star look-alike
wena u-worst..how can you call your chairman like that ? ha hah a ha

On a serious note ...DO NOT PANIC Mabhakaniya ....this is not a Frankie Freddericks but a Josia Thugwana challenge.

Let the boys regroup and get back to drawing board , Pretoria teams are on top now ...I'm more worried about SSU .

We need to pull our socks and be focussed......let's not give up now ...

From Naturena to Mayfair ayihlome ihlasele !!!
let's remove the PTA teams bafwethu

My Blood is Gold & Black
posted: 10:58 pm
stop blaming sister leal you morons. You should rather blame Qgubule since everytime you loose it is the referees fault. When will you idiots realise that your team has does not create enough opportunities for the strikers? when will you realise that you do not have quality players? If Mabena, Ngobeni, doutie, klate and the rest are galaxies, you idiots are still going to suffer more.
posted: 11:05 pm
True Bucs don't create chances. For all their running jali and oupa play mainly square balls. Benni usually has noone to pass to. Its their defence that's ok
posted: 11:28 pm
When will you idiot realise that our team has defended a major cup? when will you realise that we hav quality proudly SA players? If Mabena, Ngobeni, doutie, klate and the rest are galaxies, we are still going to win more cups. IDIOT!!
posted: 11:38 pm
I've just watched da 1st half on Generation chanel sabc1. We're loosing it in midfield wid balls being played at the back & there by not creating chances 2 score. Bester is struggling 2 jell wid da team b'cause of wrong position. Mabena I really don't knw which position he's playing. Doutie has nice runs & very soon wil comand starting 11 permanently. Benny is in da 18 area but, no supply. Ngobeni must be introduced & ace Manyisa be played behind strikers. I don't knw why Mabalane is not on 1st 11 as Bester is not a winger. Leal said we wil play beautiful football but we can't even keep da ball & stop loosing possesion. We're under unnecessary presure but it is not 2 late. Up the Bucs!
posted: 11:43 pm
Rats u ar goin dwn 3 loose while u stil hv 2 play ajax celtic nd der rejuvtd super sport nd salows jst 4gt abt der legue
posted: 11:47 pm
Throw-in,don't worry if signing benni was a mistake Juju will talk about it very soon.LOL
posted: 12:14 am
I was watching the game and i can simply say without doubt pirates wont defend the league. Leal reminds me of bb motombo going with this guy to Africa is a reciepy for disaster. Pirates play doom doom football period.
posted: 12:30 am
Lol kickoff i'm very angry but what you just said is funny my man. Leal told us we would play attractive football and we can't even creat a single good chance in the whole game. Bester was not in the game but yet he finished it, i won't even talk about mabena. I wonder what was khoza smoking when he hired this guy. Last season we lost 5 games and now we are at 3 already. This will be a long season.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 12:48 am
This Leal guy is iritatin me now,WTF do u c in Mabena?The guy has bn given 2 many chances n yet Msoyoya is sidelined.Wat hapened 2 Tumelo Rantie?Is Ruud Krol stil coachin thru sms coz we stil c most of his tactics here.
posted: 12:59 am
mabhakabhaka amahle ningixolele akengnake incwadi zami uma ngingafuni ukphathwa isifo sabelungu i-stress angyazi lento mina
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 01:02 am
Maybe things wil change coz we also complained about Krol bt he brot us 4 cups(MTN 2011 as well)so lets give this Leal a chance as wel n we c.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 01:05 am
Without Mbuyane upfront,we wont score any goals coz he gives us balance.
posted: 03:05 am
Talk is cheap.uphi u X ongasolveki dat people use to bragg abt? 3 loses in 7 games!!!!
posted: 03:13 am
nw im statn 2 mic juju upfrnt...tlou we nid dawg as 4 mabena z nt a bucs materl jst bench da ff: beni, jali, mabena,lucky ndulula,..gv ngbeni klate, mabalane, rooi...im sik of u leal...
posted: 04:43 am
gud results for f/state stars.
posted: 05:12 am
pirates you have such depth and quality, you only need a coach. This season you have been horrible except forr top 8. One thing is clear: that good early season form was just the climax of krol's fantastic work. Now we can all see the results of leals work. *smh*
posted: 05:14 am
posted: 05:40 am
prepare urselves for more embarasment mabhakaniya sky is de limit
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