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By unknown | Nov 17, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Meshack Motloung

Meshack Motloung

Orlando Pirates coach Rudolf Krol is optimistic that his side have finally turned the corner, this is after the Bucs' registered a convincing 2-0 victory over Kaizer Chiefs at the weekend.

This Absa Premiership game, watched by an appreciative crowd at Mmabatho Stadium in Mafikeng, lived up to expectation, but Amakhosi struggled to get their rhythm.

"We were determined for a win and the opening goal brought the confidence back to the players.

"They were playing as a unit and that pleased me to no end," said Krol after the game.

"Although they showed some glimpses of creativity and brilliance, we need to work hard to keep the momentum going."

Chiefs coach Muhsin Ertugral admitted that the Bucs were all over them.

"They used their crosses to their advantage and this paid off.

"Pirates deserved to win because they were the better side on the day. We tried to contain them but all in vain," he said.

The game started like a house on fire as both sides searched for an early goal to to take the lead.

That saw Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune fisting a sure goal from Pirates' Teko Modise within a minute from kick-off and saving striker Gilbert Mushangazhike's pin-point header minutes later.

Pirates' Senzo Meyiwa was also tested by David Mathebula in the fifth minute but after that, it was Bucs all the way.

At this stage Amakhosi were as flat as soda water left in a glass overnight with Pirates foraging the opener.

Pirates' Dikgang Mabalane, who was making his debut in this Soweto derby, was a revelation with his runs on the right flank, supplying the strikers with magnificent crosses.

Clearly he was the player responsible for Chiefs' defeat as both goals scored were through his efforts.

Chiefs midfield of Siphiwe Tshabalala, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Tinashe Nengomasha were kept busy Lebogang Mothibantwa and Benson Mhlongo who held them at bay.

One of Mabalane's crosses saw Mushangazhike's header bulging the net on 21 minutes. This was after a water break in the 20th minute.

Mabalane, who crowned his performance by being voted Man of the Match, initiated another goal from his dangerous crosses and Lucas Thwala was on hand to nod the ball home in the 35th minute.

Chiefs tried everything they could but could not stop the Bucs who were always on the rampage, ably led by Modise.


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