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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...

Dlula Bedlala
posted: 2014-04-02 18:31:47

Poor Majoro does not get any decent ball at all...One chance and he's in. And I hope he's not replaced early...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 18:46:40

But we no masuku on the bench tonight

Maybe vv has Nedbank alreadyvin his mind

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 18:54:29

Mbuyane should behave himself

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 18:54:49

Juju looks old hey

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 19:01:02

Modisane should be fired together with Nkosana....how can stadium be so empty.....

Zodwa used to call us to the stadium and we responded. ...

That is wgt tga team was hot....

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2014-04-02 19:08:39

Ace you do not move fom the wall.......eish school boy error....mxm

Donald Duck
posted: 2014-04-02 19:10:24

Stupid rodents, all they know is to yadayada on kickoff, winning habba, lutho, nothing, zero, kwaaaa!!

posted: 2014-04-02 19:12:09

lmao tl tl tl tl

Jay Bee
posted: 2014-04-02 19:20:19

I am he is all of a sudden looking young again..... Lol..!

posted: 2014-04-02 19:22:31

Where r u now? sitting on ur Couch akere!

Naturena Born Killer
posted: 2014-04-02 19:24:16

Useless dogs! They were busy concentrating on KC matters. Beaten by one of their own

Can Do
posted: 2014-04-02 19:24:35

That Nyauza must go back to wherever ba mo topileng!! He is a liability!!

posted: 2014-04-02 19:25:16

How do people expect Pie-rats to win when they are busy checking how Chiefs is playing? This RATS are just useless.

Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-02 19:26:48

Lenyile dimpya ke lona. Instead of wishing your crap team luck you were wishing Golden Arrows luck hoping they can produce a miracle against the Defending Champions soon to be champions again.


Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-02 19:27:14


Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-02 19:27:54

Bolaya Aces Bolayaaaaaaaaaaaaa..........

Ke dimpya dilo tseo

Glamour Boy
posted: 2014-04-02 19:28:15

Hola August FC

Juda Scaliot
posted: 2014-04-02 19:28:51

Kwaaaa.... Pie Rats

posted: 2014-04-02 19:29:28


Tzozo (Rats are Double Trophyless)
posted: 2014-04-02 19:29:32

Hola maRats just console your self by shouting Mubeleeeeeee....because that seems to be the only name that gives you joy.

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