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Pirates striker Excellent Walaza.

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Pirates get birthday wish

Posted: 21 February 2008 Time: 09:25

Orlando Pirates celebrated their 70th anniversary with a handsome 3-1 victory Absa Premiership over Mamelodi Sundowns at the Johannesburg Stadium on Wednesday night.

But as much as the result is a great birthday present for the Buccaneers, it also leaves them well in the title race, five pints behind Ajax Cape Town, but almost certainly kills off the chances of reigning champions Sundowns retaining their crown, with the Brazilians now 15 points off the pace.

In a match that was not dirty in nature, but still garnered eight yellow cards for various misdemeanors, the goals were scored by Bennett Chenene, Excellent Walaza and Gilbert Mushangazhike for Pirates, with the Sundowns consolation coming through Peter Ndlovu.

Benson Mhlongo thundered the ball against his own crossbar from what should have been a routine clearance and Chenene was on hand to head home the rebound passed the helpless Brian Baloyi in the eighth minute.

And just three minutes later Chenene turned provider as his cross from the left was headed home by Walaza with the easiest of finishes to make it 2-0.

Walaza was then rightly yellow-carded by referee Daniel Bennett for diving in the penalty area as the game became tighter in midfield.

Surprise Moriri shot wide five minutes before halftime, but Sundowns were back in the game with just seconds remaining in the half as a poor clearance by Happy Jele saw Fanyana Dhladhla hit the post and Ndlovu react quickest to knock the rebound home.

The Sundowns players were appealing for a penalty just minutes into the second half when Ndlovu appeared to be upended by Meyiwa, but Bennett instead opted to give him a yellow card for simulation too.

And Pirates regained their two-goal lead on 54 minutes after more hesitant defending from Downs. Chenene’s corner was missed by three Brazilian defenders and eventually found its way to Mushangazhike off Tonic Chabalala, and the striker rifled home a left-footed shot.

Sundowns fans got a first glimpse of new Uruguayan striker Bryan Aldave as he came on for the final 15 minutes, replacing Ndlovu, but despite some neat touches, he did not see enough of the ball to make a lasting impression.

Walaza should have put the icing on the cake for Pirates with seven minutes to go when he found acres of space in the Downs box, but goalkeeper Brian Baloyi pulled off a good save with his feet.

And the Buccaneers fans got their birthday wish with a resounding win that showed their qualities as genuine title contenders in the second half of the season.

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posted: 09:29 am
Up The BUCS!!!!!!!!! Guys this is serious business.

Sadaam were r u?

Benson Mhlongo forgot which team he plays for, what a terrific strike hehehe, if you can't beat them join them my broe................
posted: 09:30 am
He He He... i sense the second coming of TSUNAMI - Run and run, but no trohpy in the cabinet. Atleast the fans are happy.
posted: 09:32 am
Saddam went missing e Jozi yesterday... Sundowns is done, Vuyo Mere, Mhlongo, Nyandoro, Bulawayo Bullet, Kanameyer - Nonsense of players.
posted: 09:43 am
Sundowns! Oh my god i dont know whats going on there.the way they were is exactly the same as the way Bafana defended in the afcon.mhlongo is just confused he just doesnt know what he is doing.if sundowns want to fulfill their vision of becoming the top club in africa we need to see new young, fresh and hungry players coming through their development structures which is non existent by the way.the only team that is contributing to our national team in terms of young players is AJAX because they give them a chance and believe in them no other club here in south africa that is doing that.
posted: 09:43 am
as a sdowns fan im vry dissapointed, we mus jus 4get about defending the league. we hav the worst defensive record, most goals we conceded r by silly mistakes 4rm the back 4. the writin was clearly on the wall 4rm kick off that we were not gonna cum out alive las nite....Ajax mus jus run away with the league!!
posted: 09:45 am
Pirates players keep on banging those goals as we will keep on blowing the VUVUZELAz, Kufa ayayo makwedini "Edabini!!!!" KUMNYAMA KUMHLOPHE, BHAKABHAKA 4 LIFE
posted: 09:49 am
What a perfomance by the Bucs and a super revenge, to the old crock downs. at least we gave them a free soccer lesson yester day. Thanks to Bucs for a such present. we couldnt have aked for a better thing than to beat downs. To Mhlongo u a not playing for Bucs i mean that 1st goal surely u wanted a piece of a cake.
posted: 09:50 am
All you people can talk and say what you want,

Pirates is carrying the hopes of the nation and that is for sure.

We always here about development structures, look no further. Take the OPFC blueprint and give it to SAFA.

Saddam- uzoy' sholo you!!!!!!! Are you back from BotsWana
posted: 09:53 am
Sifiso - “E Proff!!! what does your Sangoma predict for this comming weekend. I am interested in Chiefs VS SS United. Sundowns VS Wits and lastly Pirates VS Santos. Break it down Madala.”

Chiefs 1-0 SS – if Mushin plays the same squad…
Sundowns 1-1 Wits – Gordon is gonna blame the referee…
Pirates 0-0 Santos (I’ll be in cape town show I’ll be writing the story abt pirates ) don’t worry Pirates fans… wearing Oliver’s jersey. Da Gamma will say we are doing well… a draw is a gud score away 4rm home
posted: 09:58 am
Morning Good People.. I am a hardcore Downs Fans.. & i have my tail between my legs right now.

Well Done to Pirates they played very Good FootBall... i wish them the best.. i hope they win the Leg this time. As for Downs we must just forget about winning the leg.. The way we r playing we will end up number 10.

I blame Motsepe for not firing Gordon in Dec 2007. i mean the Man is so cluesless so is his OLD & WORNED OUT Players....

Well done to Pirates once again...
posted: 09:58 am
Well done to the boys.I just love this.Pure class.This is only the begining of good things to come!Where is Kamwendo?We need this guy to complete things in the midfield!!
posted: 10:02 am
iyoh,waste of money but im still in GP.jozi is nt lekker.gents how do u survive here,tsotsis,omahosha and its dirty.
mubs!! uzobisha!! but what i knw u dnt get any money as pirates fan,


posted: 10:02 am
Its true ProF: Finaly u realize the only team to watch is Pirates.

Chips, when was the last time you were in the top 8? Must be a huge relief just being there!!!!!!!!!

Saddam were are you? Free airtime voucher for all Downs supporters courtesy of Motsepe...........

Money cannot buy you HAPPINESS people!!!!!!!!!!
posted: 10:03 am
Walaza is the man our beloved national team(BB)needs he has proven his worth,he has that clinical composure on the box........Walaza and Fanteni can form a deadly combination for BB.Carlos must give this young man a chance he has being banging those important goals.
posted: 10:04 am
posted: 10:06 am
Walaza is the man our beloved national team(BB)needs he has proven his worth,he has that clinical composure on the box........Walaza and Fanteni can form a deadly combination for BB.Carlos must give this young man a chance he has being banging those important goals.
posted: 10:06 am
hey mubs,where are you going to play your KAMWENDO,not at PIRATES maybe in your team please don`t mess with our winning combination by the way who is he gonna replace
posted: 10:08 am
posted: 10:11 am
Sory sunflower but truth be told even in the previous encounters you never deserved to win against Pirates but lady luck was with you,finally the gods have noticed this
posted: 10:12 am
Saddam is a sore loser ma gents "mubs!! uzobisha!! but what i knw u dnt get any money as pirates fan"

Mara Saddam yini!!!!!!

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