Bucs brush Santos aside
ORLANDO Pirates got their Absa Premiership title defence back on track with a 1-0 win over Santos, while Kaizer Chiefs went down 2-1 to Ajax Cape Town last night.
Louis Mazibuko reports that a solitary goal by Ndumiso Mabena earned Pirates maximum points over The People's Team at Orlando Stadium last night.
The score is not a true reflection of the game, which Bucs should have won with an avalanche of goals after squandering numerous scoring opportunities.
Bucs took to the field without key players like Andile Jali, Tlou Segolela and Benni McCarthy, who were probably rested for the big Soweto derby against Chiefs at Soccer City on Saturday.
Mabena scored with a brilliant header in the 44th minute.
In Cape Town, Thami Nqolobe reports that Thembinkosi Fanteni put Ajax 1-0 in the lead by converting a controversial penalty disputed by Chiefs in the 19th minute.
Reneilwe Letsholonyane equalised in the 48th minute, but the home side regained the lead in the 78th minute through Lebogang Manyama.
l SuperSport United continued to ride a wave of momentum, brilliantly cruising 3-0 past Black Leopards to go second on the log at Lucas Moripe Stadium last night, writes Kgomotso Sethusha.
Inspired by new striker Atusaye Nyondo, who scored a brace, United romped home comfortably against a pathetic Leopards side.
Nyondo grabbed the opener with a cool finish from inside the box on the stroke of half-time and returned to secure his brace four minutes into the second half.
Skipper Morgan Gould headed in the third goal.
- Moroka Swallows registered their second league victory at the expense of Free State Stars, whom they beat 2-1 at Dobsonville Stadium last night, reports Bongani Magasela.
Swallows' goals were scored by David Mathebula (35th minute) and Lefa Tsutsulupa (43rd minute), with Stars getting theirs through Boitumelo Sekgobela (87th minute).
Although Swallows won the match, there is still a lot to be done, especially up front. They missed numerous scoring opportunities due to communication breakdown.
- Thabo Johnson reports that Bloemfontein Celtic and Maritzburg United played to a 1-1 draw at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium.
Diyo Sibisi scored for the visitors while Lennox Bacela grabbed the equaliser in the second stanza.
- Lamontville Golden Arrows registered their first points of the season by beating Platinum Stars 3-1 at King Zwelithini Stadium last night, with Collins Mbesuma scoring a brace.
The third goal came from Musa Bilankulu, with Terrence Mandaza pulling one back for Dikwena.
- Meanwhile, Egypt's Pharaohs have appointed former United States of America coach Bob Bradley as their new coach.