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Lucky Lekgwathi (right) celebrates his goal

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Pirates win season opener

Posted: 27 August 2010 Time: 20:08

Orlando Pirates came from behind to beat Vasco da Gama 2-1 in a pulsating opening to the Absa Premiership season at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday.

Some 45 000 fans turned up for the double-header that also saw Ajax Cape Town and Bloemfontein Celtic in action, and were not disappointed by a highly entertaining encounter.

Veteran Sibusiso Zuma put Vasco ahead, before goals from Lucky Lekgwathi and Isaac Chansa sealed the points for Pirates.

After soaking up early pressure from Bucs, Vasco took the lead on 22 minutes through the 35-year-old Zuma. Hendricks' cross to the back post was headed onto the crossbar and in by the veteran former Bafana Bafana international.

It was a sweat moment for the former Pirates man, who has plenty to prove this season after a poor spell with Mamelodi Sundowns.

The visitors were level just past the half-hour mark though as Lekgwathi bundled the ball home from close range. Vasco failed to clear the danger from a corner and when the ball was put back into the box, goalkeeper Jason Barnard could only get a soft hand on it. Lekgwathi turned the ball home with an over-head kick from about a yard out.

Ndumiso Mabena had two great chances to give Pirates the lead in the opening 15 minutes of the second half, first heading wide from Klate's tantalising cross, and then seeing Barnard pull off a world-class save to deny him from 15 yards.

But Pirates were ahead through Chansa, who took his goal well as he unleashed a shot from the edge of the box that Barnard was unable to stop.

Josephs pulled off a fine save to deny the brilliant Zuma, while substitute Bradley August hit the outside of the post with a towering header that had Josephs beaten.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 08:27 pm
Awuzweke bafana bami
posted: 08:39 pm
its bn a while that we as bucs fans waiting 4 this, thanks c thatha ma chance chansa 4 a fine form
posted: 08:40 pm
Vasco da Gama was good starters for Pirates, best meal to follow (Chiefs, Sundown, etc)
posted: 08:43 pm
Why we stil using dt jabulani ball dt made4 such a lacklustre WC (football wise). As if da PSL standard isnt bad enuf i gues even fewer goals wil b scord. den dey dbl da tickets prices. Eish!
posted: 08:51 pm
can we pls loan out mabena to a third division club bcos that`s where he deserves to play, useless fucken playa
posted: 08:57 pm
shapa orlando pirates shapa
Egniz Khosiology
posted: 09:08 pm
Tivani ngekhanda elingezwa.Your coach benched your stupid TEKO.Does that ring a bell about his perfomance? Teko is a dead man walking like is coach
Tebza( Totalfootball) The Champ
posted: 09:10 pm
Good win though not really convincing but thanks boys its a moral boost for the boys going to the next game.it was gud that Teko and Mabalane sits on the bench.Modise should stop this unneccesary and stupid showboating.he is skillfull and has a great talent but proffesional footbal is not about what he is doing.Tlou has a great talent but sometimes he turns to be over-confident which will only work against him.but all in all good start to the season.
posted: 09:34 pm
It wasnt the most clinical display in the world but I suppose 3 points is 3 points. We need 2 b ruthless from now.
posted: 09:59 pm
Well guys, everyone with low self esteem cn go ahead and starting saying all stupid things about Modise. When Bafana lose, its Modisae this and that. Even when something totally not involving Modise there is always something to say about Modise. Guys stop being jeleous about this guy...and get a life. Pirates won and Modise didnt start and that can only be answered by the coach if u need any explanation. Modise this, Modise that, stop the obsession. Some players in the national team are so beautiful and cant be critisized..instead u allways here excuses that they are playing out of position. The same is excuse would never be said about Modise.

People get a life please and stop insulting him...im sure he will never insult u back because people are not raised the same. Some come from really strange families as far as morals are concerned.
posted: 10:00 pm
Well done Bucs, as 4 Mr Kroll he must 've observed that Mabena isnt yet the man to win Him games, He's still growin up Mayb nxt yr..he mst fld guyz lyk Msowoya n the striker from Nigra so they can prove themselves or else Go...?
posted: 10:00 pm
Congratulations to Pierats,Jason Barnard had an outstanding perfomance this goalminder is going to be one of the great keepers if he will keep his head cool.
posted: 10:25 pm
Well done Bucs! But i still think that our defense looked shaky and needs to shape up... Let's not forget that we've conceded the least amount of goals in the League for the past two seasons, and Slim-kat was the keeper of the season last season. I believe we can still improve on that. We're definately goin to miss Lucas Thwala for the opening stages of the season, not to mention Benson Mhlongo....... Other than that, Bhakaniya 4 LIFE!!
posted: 11:26 pm
what a way to kick off d season pirates for life
posted: 12:39 am
Pirates will be the champion this season they have all needed material to win tbe league. Fakimali uzobona. Mzi2
posted: 01:41 am
Well dne buc, u dd very well n i smel sumtin dis seaon! Our defence mst also cum 2 da party so dat we cn achieve our goals!! Once a Pirates, always a pirate!
posted: 06:49 am
wow vasco supporters are unique: last night their team was wearing white strips and they were wearing ' gold and black'. Everytime Pirates scored their faces didnt look happy. I am happy that vasco's supporters are bringing something new in this game.
posted: 07:14 am
eish this krol dude is stil gona cost us hw do u start a game wit 2 donkeys upfront in mabena n mbuyane? n y nt start wit McTeko!
posted: 08:29 am
Here we go again... Nx. By beating a Vasco the Rats think they have won the league already. Hello, this is how u always start. Come end of the season u start crying again! For heaven sake u beat Vasco nt Downs, Supersport. Eish these Mabhakakuku are so desperate to celebrate, even my team Bhebhazonke FC can beat vasco.
Pirates is not 1 skipper team or Gayser Chiefs aka Family Business FC
posted: 08:54 am
Can someone please talk to Krol to stop continue taking chances. What was Babertov Mabena doing in the field for 65 minutes. We are still gonna loose games unnecessary this season. What was wrong with last week line up. The only change needed was the make-shift at the back and Mabalane making way for Tlou. He must stop favour players and utilise all his players fairly.

A win is a win but we should have won convincingly if Krol was a good coach. He is continuing showing his weakness on a daily basis. Dr. Khoza please get someone before it's too late.
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