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Pirates Break AmaZulu Down To Move To Second

  • April 20, 2024
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Pirates Break AmaZulu Down To Move To Second

Orlando Pirates took a significant step towards solidifying their second-place finish from last season with a hard-fought victory over AmaZulu in the DStv Premiership match at Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The visitors, AmaZulu, put up a valiant effort despite playing with a one-man disadvantage for most of the game. Abbubaker Mobara received a controversial red card in the 21st minute for a challenge on Patrick Maswanganyi. Replays suggested Mobara may have won the ball cleanly, leaving AmaZulu coach Pablo Franco Martin fuming over the decision.

This dismissal mirrored the bad calls Martin felt his side faced in their Nedbank Cup quarter-final loss to Pirates last week, where they were thrashed 4-0.

Despite the numerical disadvantage, AmaZulu threatened early on. Victor Letsoalo nearly put them ahead, but his shot from close range cannoned off the upright after a dangerous free kick.

The visitors continued to frustrate Pirates with their defensive organization, repeatedly blocking attempts in dangerous areas. Augustine Mulenga had a golden opportunity in the second half but was denied by a spectacular save from Sipho Chaine.

Pirates, however, eventually broke through AmaZulu’s resistance in the 75th minute. Tshegofatso Mabasa converted a well-placed cross from Monnapule Saleng to secure all three points. This goal took Mabasa’s league tally to 11, tying him with Mamelodi Sundowns’ Lucas Ribeiro Costa for the top scorer position.

The defeat extends AmaZulu’s winless streak against Pirates at Orlando Stadium since the venue’s reopening in 2008.

Picture courtesy of AmaZulu

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