Pirates have title in their sights

Orlando Pirates boosted their hopes of winning the Absa Premiership title when they beat Thanda Royal Zulu 2-0 at the King's Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Orlando Pirates boosted their hopes of winning the Absa Premiership title when they beat Thanda Royal Zulu 2-0 at the King's Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Goals from Lucas Thwala (49th minute penalty) and Teko Modise (79th min) secured a vital win for Rudi Krol's team.

That cut SuperSport United's lead at the head of the table to just three points with six matches left in the league programme.

Thanda almost opened the scoring in just the seventh minute, but Nkosinathi Nhleko's shot came off the crossbar. The burly marksman had another chance in the 25th minute but he failed to hit the target from 10 metres out.

Pirates dominated possession but were unable to create clear chances to test Amabhubesi goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe. In fact, the Thanda goal minder's opposite number, Moeneeb Josephs, was the busier of the two, even though the first half ended goalless.

Clifford Mulenga looked a dangerous prospect for the Buccaneers' defence but he was closed down quickly whenever he got on the ball. One opportunity he did have saw him blaze the ball over the crossbar just before the interval.

The turning point of the game came early in the second half. Musa Nyatama hauled down Katlego Mashego and the referee awarded a penalty. Thwala put the Soweto giants ahead.

lMaritzburg United scraped a 1-0 win over Santos in front of their home fans at the Woodburn Stadium on Saturday via a goal by Sipho Mngomezulu in the 69th minute. - PSLwebsite

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