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Orlando Pirates vs Mpumalanga Black Aces

Posted: 2 April 2014 Time: 18:40

Mpumalanga Black Aces are unbeaten in six League matches following a 1-0 victory against Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday night.

Former Buccaneer Thulasizwe Mbuyane scored the only goal of the game 10 minutes from time – a deserved victory for Clive Barker’s men, who had the better chances throughout.

Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic opted to start with Lehlohonolo Majoro as his lone striker, while there was also a welcome return to action for long-time absentee Siyabonga Sangweni.

Aces were without red-hot Siyanda Zwane, but it seemed to matter little as they dominated the first half, with Tendai Ndoro particularly involved.

The Zimbabwean striker hit the woodwork in the 13th minute when he latched onto a pinpoint low cross from Abia Nale. His effort beat goalkeeper Fatau Dauda, but not the upright.

Aces goalkeeper Jackson Mabokgwane was called into action shortly afterwards to punch away Mpho Makola’s free-kick, but it was all Ndoro in the first half as he continued to test Dauda.

First the Ghanaian international was forced to rush off his line to save an attempted chip, before getting down low to parry a shot after Oupa Manyisa had lost the ball in midfield.

Ndoro had two more efforts before the break – one of which was a thunderbolt that sailed inches wide after a mistake by Daudu – but the score at the break was 0-0.

Pirates were a lot better after the break, even though clear-cut chances were still hard to come by.

They came close on 74 minutes when Makola dummied to allow Sifiso Myeni some space, but Mabokgwane was equal to the task, tipping the former Bidvest Wits’ man’s shot over the bar.

Then, on 80 minutes, the winner from Mbuyane. Aces were awarded a free-kick on the left edge of the area but, rather than put the ball up in the air for someone to head home, ‘Juju’ fired a low effort inside the near-post which caught Dauda totally off-guard.

Vermezovic threw on a few substitutes as he looked to save the game but, in fairness, Pirates were never really in the game.

Still, they remain fourth in the standings, while Aces join them on 37 points in fifth place.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

Boknight Ratanda bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 16:44:45

 we will whip aces tonight

posted: 2014-04-02 16:46:11

Can't this match be postponed or televised somewhere in August?.. It has no significant value what's so ever..

Real championship contenders are playing tonight.. That's what the nation should be interested in..

posted: 2014-04-02 16:52:01

Themba Zwane .. What a marvel

posted: 2014-04-02 16:55:42

Good luck to my boys three points guys please

Boknight Ratanda bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 16:59:54

 but you are interested in this article

posted: 2014-04-02 16:59:57

Expirience of Aces will trouble August UNited.

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-04-02 17:06:32

Why did u comment on Bucs article then? I will answer for at no charge: Because Bucs is the best in the Southern Hemisphere!

posted: 2014-04-02 17:06:56

@Boknight Ratanda bucs

No Sompisi.. I'm not interested..

In fact I don't give a sh#t like Mam Ruby

Bucs4eva Phindamzala
posted: 2014-04-02 17:07:42

Bucs will win 3 - 1 tonight

The Real Lucho
posted: 2014-04-02 17:14:30

Even if they can win 100 - 1, does it really matter?

bucaneer 4 lyf
posted: 2014-04-02 17:22:04

Dis is our best line up,only Jele missing

K bhaka
posted: 2014-04-02 17:36:08

This fool knows it as well,hr cant watch javelin hence he is watching opfc.the best team in the country,no contender at all

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 17:36:48

Hehehe....VV making changes

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 17:37:32

I like the fact that he is giving a chance to everyone

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 17:41:38

Take out Bibo move Manyisa to defensive midle...the play Erasmus with Majoro.....thats how I would have appoached it

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 17:57:01

Clive barker has planned well hey...VV do something second half

Mfiki already doing his nonsense. ...eish

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 17:57:56

Tlou cant cross hey....like this Duada guy just the way catches high balls in the box

posted: 2014-04-02 18:07:34

Yeah im with u on that one 

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 18:15:52

No wonder we strugling.....TebogovMoloi back in the bench

Dlula Bedlala
posted: 2014-04-02 18:27:36

Dauda is excellent Bongz, the saves he made ! One Bucs supporter this afternoon said Myeni is a passenger. I think he was right. Masuku must replace him this second half...

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