Gilbert Mushangazhike scored a brace for Orlando Pirates.

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Pirates return to winning ways

Posted: 14 May 2008 Time: 17:08

Gilbert Mushangazhike scored a brace to help Orlando Pirates to a 3-1 win over Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership fixture at Goble Park on Wednesday afternoon.

Tlou Segolela opened the scoring for the Buccaneers before Thulasizwe Mbuyane equalised for Ea Lla Koto, before Mushangazhike netted twice to hand Pirates the points.

Despite the result, Pirates did not have it all their own way, with Stars producing a good display, but their poor finishing cost them though.

The visitors made their intentions clear from the offset and deservedly went ahead in the fourth minute when Segolela scored a superb goal following a superb run by the winger before playing a one-two with Rudzani Ramudzuli, to fire home from inside the area.

Stars almost drew level five minutes later, but Diyo Sibisi’s header from a corner flew inches wide of the goal.

Sibisi threatened again in the 11th minute when he shot straight at Pirates goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa from just inside the area.

However, the hosts were not to be denied and they drew level in the 17th minute when Mbuyane slotted home with a low shot from inside the area after receiving a good pass by Sibisi.

Mushangazhike restored Pirates’ lead in the 38th minute when he flicked home a scuffed shot by Ramudzuli.

The score remain 2-1 at halftime, but Pirates wasted no time in extending their lead in the second half, with Mushangazhike completing his brace just five minutes after the restart when he chested home after Ramudzuli’s deflected shot looped over keeper Kennedy Mweene.

Free State Stars fought back bravely, with former Pirates striker Jimmy Kauleza hitting the crossbar with a superb free-kick just outside the area.

Mushangazhike almost completed a hat-trick in the 54th minute when he received a low cross from Segolela, but the striker’s shot was cleared off the line.

The hosts pushed more men forward in a bid to reduce the deficit, but they were unable to break down the Pirates defence.

The Buccaneers host AmaZulu in the final game of the season, while Stars travel to Pretoria where they will face Mamelodi Sundowns.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:41 am
POOR JOMO COSMOS has gone to the dogs.
Am I the prophet of doom or what?
I said they wont escape the chop.
Next up is Leopards who will not survive the play-offs.
Mark my words.
Anonymous
posted: 07:42 am
lets hope PIRATES MAKE THE TOP8
Anonymous
posted: 07:42 am
richos: 2008-05-14 18:19
PIRATES LOST ACCORDING TO KICK OFF EDITOR free state stars moving up the log,,strange

the editor is drunk!
Anonymous
posted: 07:43 am
richos: 2008-05-14 18:28


hey! somebody cracked my password and is writting rubish! all the nonsense above i knoww nothing about


HAHAHA!
Anonymous
posted: 07:44 am
Lucas: 2008-05-14 21:22
Mr Editor the heading is wrong, what winning ways? Its too late. A team win once and you call that winning ways?


HEHEHE - it is winning ways as they r left wit one game manje!
Anonymous
posted: 07:45 am
Thabelo: 2008-05-14 17:14


Free State Stars 1 - 3 Orlando Pirates
Football 14 May PSL AmaZulu 0 - 2 Moroka Swallows
Football 14 May PSL Jomo Cosmos 0 - 2 Black Leopards
Football 14 May PSL Thanda Royal Zulu FC 3 - 2 Bidvest Wits


hey BARI - leopards will be kick out in the PLAY-OFFS!
Anonymous
posted: 08:42 am
Atleats Yazi....
Anonymous
posted: 08:46 am
a win after 9 lost games in a row is lyk you are a champion b'coz I'm sure dat was d last win for Pie-Rats dis season as Amazulu will...........dem
Anonymous
posted: 08:47 am
professor kak u talk a whole lot of rubbish...sori 4 being rude bt this guy is most probably a cosmos fan nd he is disrespecting bhakaniya
Anonymous
posted: 08:50 am
bafana get ur facts ryt
Anonymous
posted: 09:38 am
now Mr Mangena is going to invite Owen to the studio on monday and tell us dat bhakaniya is the best team and owen iz da best coach watch this space!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 10:49 am
IS TOO LATE AMAPHAKAPA YOU CAN'NT MAKE IT TO THE SUPER 8!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! YOU CAN'NT YOU CAN'NT MAKE IT BOY JUST COME & SPT THE TEAM THAT ARE PLAYING AGINST US THE AMAKHOSI!!!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 02:38 pm
guys like Tlou segolela are excellent but not much is said about him . That boy is a committed player and plays good football.He has done well at Pirates.He is my Player of the year.
Anonymous
posted: 02:45 pm
proffesor you cannot say Jomo has gone to the dogs.That is where the standard of football is high by all means .Jomo will just have to work hard there because if he won't , he will find himself at Vodacom . Those boys are hungry to play for the first division . it is either you go and not come back , or you stay there period . We really need to give Mjomane all the support,it can happen to any team.
Anonymous
posted: 02:48 pm
i am positive Pirates will be in the Top 8,we need that million ,so on sunday it will be do or die situation , we have never stayed out of the Top 8 ever since Pirates was born and there is no way , we will . Viva Pirates Viva
Anonymous
posted: 11:00 am
IKE WHERE ARE YOU , YOU SAID IT IS TOO LATE FOR MAMA FOR PIRATES TO MAKE IT FOR THE TOP 8,I AM SURE UZIKAKELE IZOLO.ONCE A PIRATE ALWAYS ONE , WE ARE STARS THAT SHINE AT NIGHT AND DURING THE DAY
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