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Posted: 15 February 2012 Time: 21:37

Orlando Pirates started the second half of the season on a winning note, beating Black Leopards 1-0 at Orlando Stadium.

An early Thulasizwe Mbuyane goal was all that separated the teams as Bucs put up a pretty uninspiring performance, but did enough to hold out for the three points against a Leopards team that never had enough in attack.

Pirates started the match strongly and could have opened the scoring as early as the fourth minute when Benni McCarthy set up Siyabonga Sangweni with a one-on-one chance against the goalkeeper, but the defender missed his attempted volley.

As it was, Bucs took the lead just three minutes later. Right-back Bheki Nzunga provided a great cross and Mbuyane buried a bullet header into the top corner.

On the quarter-hour mark Pirates should have made it 2-0 as Lucky Lekgwathi had a free header from a corner-kick, but the skipper completely mis-timed his effort and the ball bounced wide.

As the half wore on Pirates lost their early sharpness and rhythm, allowing Leopards to come into the game more. However, apart from a half chance for Benedict Vilakazi – where the midfielder hesitated when presented with a shooting chance – the visitors hardly troubled Bucs’ backline.

Leopards made a double change early in the second half, sending on Humphrey Khoza and Rodney Ramagalela. The tactical shuffle certainly saw the Limpopo team up their game in attack, though they were unable to create any clear scoring chances.

Pirates continued to look disjointed in attack, though another good cross from Nzunga handed Mabena a scoring chance from which the forward placed a diving header straight at the keeper, while Rooi Mahamutsa also had a header from a corner sail over.

Previous comments on this story...

Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:04 am
Hhayi this coach!!! no ways!! we are winning trophies because we have the best players but the coach is just like fans watch the game to the end. Why play Benni for 90min, why play Njabulo ahead of Ranti. Eish this is a game I want to forget, i am happy we got 3 points.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:07 am
Does the coach understand the importance of scoring more goals in the league? Mabena is no striker, he is a midfielder. The coach should partner Benni with Ranti and bring in Drogba as substitude. Play Mabena as midfield or bench him.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:10 am
I am starting to doubt this coach will help us defend the league. Yesterday's game was a shocker and our coach did nothing to act on a number of problems.
posted: 08:11 am
I wish to register that all the Bucs faithfulls please let us respect those entrusted with the duties and responsibilities of taking our team to greater heights.

I am a Bucs supporter and eat Bucs, sleep Bucs and do everything about Bucs and I don't want to be tempted to question other people's loyalty to the club. For me I believe that even the best teams vying for the Championship have scrappy wins and mind it was the first game after the long lay off and players were expected to be at that level in terms of their performance.

I really appreciate discussions and debates about our team and how people see things but one thing need to be borne in mind...that only person or need I say three people (Technical Team) at the end of the day are fully entrusted with the responsibilities. I can just imagine a situation where all of us were to be entrusted with the same respobilities of selecting the team...how chaotic and confusing and worst of all impossible! The players, to me, are perfect and need our support. Every time people raise a discussion about Mabena I think of Manyisa...he was nearly off-loaded and people were asking questions and the rationale behind keeping him when it was clear to many that he was becoming a 'liability' but look where he is now...you know why? Because he was presented with a chance for many seasons not only one season or two.

I humbly urge you all not to emulate the animals' behavior...insulting and questioning the coach's tactics unnecessarily, please...this is my humble plea.

Anyway, congrats for 3 points and they all count regardless of how we got them. Black until the promised stadium is built in Mogale City.
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 08:25 am
Coach Leal looked like he was afraid to take Benni out in the latter stages of the game. He was a pedestrian in the last 20 minutes. In general Leal looked to be very hesitant to make substitutions. He must help players to win games convincingly..!! Anyway good win..!
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:26 am
Win is win but i must say that our coach is just confused.We al cud c dat Benni ws realy tired bt ws neva replaced,is our coach afraid of replacing Benni?Leal does nt realy undastand his players like Krol did,Krol knew when n where 2 use a player bt this Leal guy is just confused.I am startin 2 agree wit thoz who say Bucs is too big for him.
Treble brace Champ \"Superbrand\"
posted: 08:27 am
This was a difficult game to watch, it reminded me of the days of Krol. We did not stamp our authority yet we were playing home. We did not play like champions. Too many silly mistakes.Even our ever reliable Sangweni nearlly gifted Vilakazi a goal. Our captain had a disaster of a game. I have never seen him play leftback that bad. Mbuyane except scoring that good goal he was flat, giving away possession and terrible crossing. Jali was fool of himself, winning ball s as usual but giving it away as he try to go past many Leopard players. He did not respect the opponents. Only Benni and Thandani were in the game and maybe Nzunga and Klate tried too. These guys were still on holiday.
posted: 08:27 am

Unfortunately ur comments are just attacks on us Bucs faithful who support the team thru thick & thin... We always give the team unwavering support...

I would understand if Leal was in VV's position of lacking quality players... But he is not, he is spoilt for choice!

Hw does he justify playing w/out a creative midfielder in a home game against B/Leopards?...

& to correct u, Bester did not fail or perform below par in that Wits game! He even scored a goal from outside the box but unfortunately Mbuyane had played the ball to hinm 4rm an offside position. I have not seen a Pirates player score a goal like that in a long time. Am talking abt one touch football, beating ur marker & unleashing a grass cutter into the far corner. That was a brilliant goal...

In ur analogy ur shd hv compared Mabena's combination to what Ranti cn give us coz dat's nt comparing apples with apples. U shd hv compared wht Ranti wud hv given us compared to wht McCarhty gave us last nyt...

& even if Bester performed poorly against Wits, does it make him a bad player? Who performed well in dat Wits game on the side of OP?

Learn to respect others' opinions & dnt try to cultivate a culture of praising mediocrity @ OP! Dat's wht KC supporters r renowned for, not Bucs supporters...

I pause...
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 08:27 am
For me in this game Mabena didn't deserve to be substituted..!
Ndoda Emnyama
posted: 08:28 am
Congratulation my team and coach for the 3 points in the bag as true pirates supporter i will rally behind you. i know as more and more games are played we will get better and better factor in the long break and new players. Soccer was mastered at university of Orlando
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:28 am
was impressed by the right back Nzunga,the guy plays exactly like Happy Jele n wil improve game by game.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:31 am
@ Undisputed Reigning Champ Mopheme

Eish boss,i m startin 2 think same thing too,u cud c dat Benni is realy tired bt ws left in there.I think we need answers from Bucs on wetha the coach is afraid of takin out Benni.
Jealous Down
posted: 08:36 am
@Champ "Superbrand" for the first time I agree with you... Leal seems clueless at times, with all the players he has no dull moment is expected from Pirates. I'm not sure he feels indebted to starting with Benni in every game. Sometimes the team needs more mobility that players like Rantie can bring, no question about Benni's experience. Also the creativity was limited because his line up was filled with defensive players.
Mriyo (B2B Trebble Champs not a fluke double)
posted: 08:40 am
@ Tolly.ba.Thathe : 2012-02-16 08:11
"insulting and questioning the coach's tactics unnecessarily"

My champ Tolly,wat exactly is Leal's tactics?i dont c any tactics when we play except individual brilliance.We dnt pay our money 2 go n c tired players like Benni being given full time while we have others on the bench.Dont get me wrong,Benni is a gud playa bt not 2 last the whole 90 min.
posted: 08:43 am
Dankie Mabhakaniya 3points i da bag.keep it up collecting them.

posted: 08:43 am

Most of you here are very unfair to philosopher Leal.

We approached this game with caution that we have an important game over the weekend for CAF.

Playing bottom teams in a 2nd round is the most difficult thing to do.

New recruits needed to be given time to fit into the team.

The AFCON break is not considered at all

The absence of key players like ACE n Chansa n Kloete also is ignored.

Leave Mabena alone because is one of the key players in the team.

Pirates fans u are ungrateful n spoiled - We are behind Leal all the way.
posted: 08:46 am
posted: 08:47 am
Ja guys let us be thankful of the 3points.anyway our coach somethimes i don't know maybe he getting instaruction from some were not to substitute.for me i need Tokelo Rantjie infront in the last 15-10min.
well i wonder why that boy is not given a chance!

posted: 08:48 am
My analysis
1.Meyiwa 5/10 wasn't much to say.Still full of play
2.Nzunga 7/10 my man of the match
3.Legwathi 3/10 full of mistakes.For captain not acceptable
4.Siya 5/10 except for mistake involving Napolion,he was not bad.Still on holidays though
5.Ngubo 5/10 no bad for 1st game after two months-but not tested to full strenght
6.Ntshumayelo 6/10 played well for 1st time.But can be effective where only one defensive player needed
7.Mbuyane 4/10 beside the goal , there was no need for him in this game
8.Jali 6/10 eventhough he was off-form -we could see glimses of good player.He misses Manyisa though in midfield
9.Benni 7/10 his experience started to benefit the team more.His vocal and defensive to his teammates
10.Ndumiso 5/10 unfortunate to be replaced.One blander the coach did,but very clever and definately should have scored if left in field
11.Klate 6/10 absence of Segogela/Mabalane put huge responsibility on him ,for crosses

COACH - he must smell a coffee quickly-other Hi-Ace will soon visit practice ground,and then he will be history
Back - To - Back Trebble Champ Mopheme
posted: 08:50 am
My humble plea to the Pirates technical team, Leal and Teboho is; Please guys don't be spectators like us and do the job you are paid to do. You don't owe any player anything, please..!
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