Soweto - Goals from Thamsanqa Gabuza and Thabo Matlaba enabled
Orlando Pirates to claim a 2-1 win over Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on
The victory takes the Buccaneers into the top half of the
table - they are eighth, displacing Golden Arrows thanks to a superior goal
difference - while the Chilli Boys remain ominously close to the relegation
zone in 12th.
Chippa were dealt an early blow when they had to replace
defender Pentjie Zulu due to injury inside the opening 10 minutes, while they
also forced Pirates goalkeeper into a fine save through an effort from Andile
Mbenyane shortly thereafter.
On 22 minutes it was Chippa ‘keeper Zama Dlamini’s turn to
show off his ability as he got up sharply to tip over a long-range drive from
Yet there was nothing Dlamini could do to prevent Gabuza
turning home Thabo Matlaba’s cross with a brilliant acrobatic volley in the
29th minute. The big striker’s first league goal of the season made it 1-0 to
The hosts dominated the rest of the first stanza, but on the
stroke of half-time the Chilli Boys claimed an equaliser almost out of nowhere,
putting together a fine passing move which ended with Paseka Mako sliding a
shot through Mpontshane’s legs to make it 1-1 at the break.
Twenty minutes into the second half, Pirates reclaimed the
lead through Matlaba, who let fly with a long-range effort which wrong-footed
Dlamini and found its way into the back of the net despite the ‘keeper getting
a hand to it.
Chippa looked to get back into the game, but in the dying
minutes their hopes were crippled when midfielder Thamsanqa Sangweni picked up
his second yellow card and was sent for an early shower.
Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Gabuza 29’, Matlaba 65’)
Chippa United (1) 1 (Mako 45+1’)
Pirates: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo,
Mobara, Sarr, Makola (Qalinge 83’), Manyisa, Lorch (Rakhale 46’), Gabuza (Ndoro
Chippa: Z. Dlamini, Thopola (Mdlizo 85’), Bergman,
Chabalala, P. Zulu (Mbokoma 9’), Mvelase (Wambi 70’), Zuke, Sangweni, Mako,
Mbenyane, L. Manzini