Gabuza fires Orlando Pirates past Chippa United

Gabuza fires Orlando Pirates past Chippa United
Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates is challenged by Mako Paseka of Chippa United during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Chippa United on the 19 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Aug 19, 2017. 20:20

Orlando Pirates beat Chippa United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday.

As a result, the Buccaners started their 2017/18 season with a victory over the Chilli Boys.

United goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo, who was making his debut against his former side, was the busier of the two goalkeepers in the early stages of the game.

The lanky keeper did well to deny Pirates midfielder Mpho Makola seven minutes into the encounter following a good move the hosts.

However, the former South Africa youth international was beaten seven minutes after the half-hour mark by Thamsanqa Gabuza.

Innocent Maela played a good cross into the United box and Gabuza headed past Mhlongo to make it 1-0 to Pirates much to the delight of the home crowd.

It should have been 2-0 to Pirates at half-time, but Musa Nyatama fired over the crossbar in the 43rd minute following a quick counter-attack by Pirates.

Nevertheless, Pirates were leading 1-0 at half-time thanks to current South Africa international Gabuza's thunderous header.

A relatively quiet second-half followed as the two sides failed to create good goal scoring opportunties in the first 15 minutes.

Moeketsi Sekola, the United striker, tried his luck from range in the 67th minute and his effort sailed over the crossbar.

The Pirates keeper Wayne Sandilands was seriously tested in the 81st minute as the Chilli Boys looked to restore parity.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns shot-stopper made a great block following a good free-kick by United winger Mark Mayambela.

Pirates were able to contain United in the closing stages of the match and they ran out 1-0 winners over the Chilli Boys.

Pirates (1) 1 (Gabuza 37')
United (0) 0

Pirates: Sandilands, Shitolo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Maela, Mobara, Sangweni, Makola (Sarr 83'), Qalinge, Nyatama (Memela 65'), Gabuza (Ndoro 77').

United: Mhlongo, Mako, Thopola, Okwuosa, Mdinzo, Zuke, Lentjies (Mabaso 50'), Masuku (Mayambela 67'), Macheke, Sekola, Mbenyane (Mbokoma 55').

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