Pirates stunned by Aces

2010-10-20 23:00

Johannesburg - Mpumalanga Black Aces shocked Orlando Pirates to secure a 1-0 victory in their Absa Premiership clash at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Wednesday night, picking up their first win of the season.

The Buccaneers were guilty of complacency and were outwitted by an Aces outfit that looked more eager to to play attacking football, with Mpho Maleka finding the back of the net in the 56th minute.

Early on Aces enjoyed the majority of the possession, but weren't able to do much with it though as the Pirates defence held firm.

The visitors, however, continued to dominate with some quick passing football while Pirates opted to go with long range balls and achieved little success.

Aces seemed nervous on attack, wasting opportunities by shooting from distance after good buildup play, and Pirates fought back on the half hour when they strung a number of passes together.

Moving the ball up the middle with speed, it was finally released to striker Thulasizwe Mbuyane on the left whose powerful shot from 10 metres out produced a good reaction save from Aces keeper Denis Onyango.

With half-time approaching, Pirates began to dominate, spearheaded by Dikgang Mabalane who showed impressive form with some good turns and pace.

After the break the Buccaneers came out looking stronger and started surging forward.

A Pirates corner in the 49th minute was dealt with by the visitors, only to see midfielder Clifford Ngobeni smash a powerful shot which Onyango had to dive at full stretch to tip over the posts.

Aces were denied the lead in the 52nd minute by the linesman when striker Mpho Maleka was adjudged offside after putting the ball in the back of the net.

Four minutes later Maleka struck again, silencing the crowd as he scored the only goal of the game to take give the visitors the lead.

Aces attacked with successive corners, and the strike came from a goal mouth scuffle when the Pirates defence failed to clear their line and Maleka was able to nudge the ball in.

In the last 20 minutes, Pirates threw everything at Aces but were ultimately guilty of overconfidence as the visitors walked away with three deserved points.


  • Gasper Johannes Modise - 2010-10-21 08:27

    I think boys are still tired and is too early. We as Pirates supporters still have confident that we will win the ABSA premium league this season.

  • Jones - 2010-10-21 09:22

    Thanx 2 Aces for bringing that team down 2 mother earth where they belong, the whole country slept peacefully last without any noise. Ya we knew they will come with excuse "the boys are tired is still early" tired of what? RUBBISH, U shud b collectin points from teams like Aces now & u must forget about beating them in the second round coz evri team its hard beat when the league draws 2 the end.

  • Tone - 2010-10-21 09:41

    I guess boys will always be boys. If our currency was fluctuating as much as Pirates form does, we were gonna be in deep trouble. We'll jst have to wait n see if they'll come back.

  • NOT NICE - 2010-10-21 09:48

    Dream big Pirates, to win the league u must collect mux point during 1st O cos 2nd 1 is diff. example look @ United last 3 season but dis 1 i dont know.

  • Woodpecker - 2010-10-21 09:51

    I just don't hope that the buccaneers will want to by Mpho Maleka in January just because he spoiled their happiness of the month.

  • LETONA - 2010-10-21 09:54

    Instead of our strikers continuing from our Sundowns game,they have decided to go back and sleep.Games are won by goals and scoring goals is the most importantant job for a striker.If you can hardly score in three to five games,why calling you a striker?Kroll and Rosslee must work hard on our striking force,otherwise we wont beat any team if we dont score goals.I hope last night game was just a wake up call for our boys.Come weekend,we gonna beat Arrows.Viva Bakashushu viva!

  • VUKA - 2010-10-21 10:14

    @GasperModise: Are you sober? Pirates is tired? Of what? This must be a joke of the year!

  • Emanuel Marule - 2010-10-21 10:22

    Which Absa league are you talking about? speed nyana sa Eno...Pirates this Pirates that...welcome to the real world...honeymoon e fedile

  • Hound - 2010-10-21 10:34

    i hope this will be a wake upp call for OP players to treat each match as a cup final. The ref & his team made very bad decisions and i think we deserve better than that!!!!! Aces players kicked OP players more than they did the ball!

  • Babyshoes - 2010-10-21 12:34

    Jones, you are talking about the champion,so respect the S.A. champion,the reason why you are so angry is because uthole induku kwi bhakabha ,sizazokuphinda futhi "WATCH THE SPACE"

  • Jones - 2010-10-21 13:29

    @ Babyshoes as far im concerned SUPERSPORT r the champions & winning one trophy by luck does not make u champions. If u call ureselves champions what about a team that win the league evri season & a team that win throphies evri season, what do u call them? COWS, hell no. U dont knw which team im supporting so ke INDUKU e feng o buang ka yona. Dude INDUKU its what u got yesterday from the weakest link in the psl & it hurts.

  • Tshif - 2010-10-21 13:35

    People talk a lot....How many teams around the world finish a season unbeaten? Three outcomes, Win, Loose and Draw...all equal now Pirates Lost, then what?

  • JOE MATLALA - 2010-10-21 14:18


  • Joshua - 2010-10-21 15:03

    @ Tshif Now u knw when people talk a lot, pierates supporters are the ones who are talkin a lot so now pierates lost, then what? Exactly the question we r askin. "Three outcomes" thats wat u sayin now bt when u win u think u r invincible. @ JOE MATLALA Dont fool us we knw that u r not fyn jst agree that r u no longer on cloud nine, like Jones said "ITS PAINFUL & HURTS". Dankie Neil Tovey they r nw on mother earth with all the rest of us

  • Babyshoes - 2010-10-21 15:16

    There is only 1 champion in S.A if all of you knows football The one and only MIGHTY BUCS (ORLANDO PIRATES) Nongamthandi uyoze ??????????? Tell them "JONES"!

  • Mseja - 2010-10-21 16:02

    Pirates players opted for "boots down" as they never received any bonuses for the MTN 8 , forgeting that for the past 10 years they received salaries without injecting anyy revenue in the club. Thay are still pup dronk celebrating instead of looking in the future, They will wake after another decade . Khosi 4 life, Bhakaniya se wat????

  • loyiso - 2010-10-21 16:21


  • Jones - 2010-10-22 07:43

    @Babyshoes Youre team has neva been mighty & they will neva b champions deep down in ure heart u knw which team r champions in SA football. Give me facts 2 prove that pirates are champions & what is it that they have done in the last decade 2 be called champions. U knw nil about soccer. Come monday u will still b crying

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