MATCH CENTRE

SUN 15 APRIL 2018, 15:00, KING ZWELITHINI STADIUM

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Nyatama, Qalinge take Pirates to victory

by Graeme Jackson

Sun April 15, 17:02

Goals from Musa Nyatama and Thabo Qalinge saw Orlando Pirates claim a 2-1 away win over AmaZulu at King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday.

The result sees the Buccaneers remain in Absa Premiership title contention, as they closed to within three points of leaders Mamelodi Sundowns (who have a game in hand), while Usuthu remain in 10th place on the log.

AmaZulu started strongly and claimed the lead in the 11th minute: a quick counter attack saw Ovidy Karuru run free down the right flank before providing a perfect low cross for Mabhuti Khenyeza to turn the ball home at the far post, 1-0.

The team in green were then prepared to allow Pirates the majority of possession, but they remained a great threat on the break, with the experience of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Khenyeza combining well with the pace and energy of Mhlengi Cele and Karuru.

The Buccaneers took a while to recover from AmaZulu’s aggressive start, but in the 33rd minute they drew level at 1-1, with Musa Nyatama’s glancing header from Luvoyo Memela’s free kick getting the better of goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha.

Pirates suffered an injury blow toward the end of the first half when Thembinkosi Lorch took an awkward fall and appeared to suffer a shoulder injury, necessitating the introduction of Augustine Mulenga at the start of the second stanza.

The visitors looked the likelier scorers after the restart and AmaZulu goalkeeper Mbatha had several heart-in-mouth moments where he wandered off his line to give Pirates hope of a second goal, but somehow the Usuthu defence held firm.

On 74 minutes Mbatha pulled off a superb save, diving low to his right to keep out a low shot from Justin Shonga, before AmaZulu wasted a great chance, as Cele fired high and wide after a free kick delivery was glanced into his path.

AmaZulu’s brave rearguard action finally faltered in the 80th minute, as cross from the left by Innocent Maela was missed by his teammates in the middle, but substitute Thabo Qalinge arrived late to meet the ball and strike a low shot into the back of the net, 2-1 to Bucs.

AmaZulu (1) 1 (Khenyeza 11’)

Orlando Pirates (1) 2 (Nyatama 33’, Qalinge 80’)

AmaZulu: S. Mbatha, Sikhakhane, M. Gumede, Ouro-Akoriko, Mabiliso, Ncube, Mnguni, Cele (Manzini 83’), Karuru, Nomvethe (Ncobeni 73’), Khenyeza (Morton 68’)

Pirates: Mpontshane, Thopola, Jele, Shitolo, Maela, Mlambo, Nyatama, Lorch (Mulenga 46’), Makola (Qalinge 61’), Memela (Munetsi 83’), Shonga

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH KING ZWELITHINI STADIUM
AMAZULU GOALS ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS
2. Mabhuti Khenyeza (11') 14. Musa Nyatama (33')
15. Thabo Qalinge (80')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3 1
AMAZULU STARTING LINEUP ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
31'
28
40
Defender
49'
17
Defender
41
13
Defender
4
24
Defender
23
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
23
Midfielder
83'
11
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
61'
5
Midfielder
60'
73'
10
Midfielder
33'
14
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
46'
3
Forward/Striker
11'
68'
2
Midfielder
19
Forward/Striker
83'
9
Forward/Striker
27
SUBSTITUTIONS
Michael Morton
Midfielder
68'
4
Augustine Mulenga
Forward/Striker
46'
42
Jabulani Ncobeni
Defender
73'
8
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
61'
15
Rhulani Manzini
Forward/Striker
83'
16
Marshall Munetsi
Midfielder
83'
33
CARDS
Siyabonga Mbatha
Goalkeeper
31'
28
Thabo Qalinge
Midfielder
81'
15
Mbongeni Gumede
Defender
49'
17
Siyabonga Nomvethe
Midfielder
60'
10
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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