Soccer bosses at war over new refs kit

Team ex­or­cise demons of past

Sunday World - - Front Page - By Go­molemo Motshwane

Or­lando Pi­rates were not go­ing be up­staged by their fierce ri­vals Kaizer Chiefs as they ex­or­cised the demons of the past to over­come Su­perS­port United for the first time since 2015 in their 3-1 vic­tory at Or­lando Sta­dium last night.

Chiefs got the job done in em­pathic fashion ear­lier in the day with their 4-1 thrash­ing of Cape Town City at the Cape Town Sta­dium, and the Buc­ca­neers demon­strated that they too can turn it up.

The Sea Rob­bers se­cured their vic­tory cour­tesy of goals from Vin­cent Pule, Them­binkosi Lorch and Ben Motshwari.

Mat­sat­santsa a Pi­tori got their lone goal through Bongani Khumalo. Pi­rates looked to­have thrown away the vic­tory af­ter tak­ing the lead through Pule in the 15th minute and then al­low­ing Khumalo to equalise in the 70th minute.

That equaliser made Pi­rates re­tal­i­ate with vengeance as they found two late goals to snatch the points.

Hav­ing come on in the 75th minute to re­place Linda Mn­tambo, Lorch fin­ished off a bril­liant back heel pass from Xola Mlambo to score with a pow­er­ful low shot in the 83rd minute.

They put the cherry on top with a third goal from Motshwari in the 86th minute af­ter the ball ric­o­cheted from goal­keeper Ron­wen Wil­liams.

It was not to be for Kai­tano Tembo who looked to lead the Tsh­wane out­fit to their fourth con­sec­u­tive league win.

The Buc­ca­neers were liv­ing dan­ger­ously in the early stages as they per­sisted with their ploy of play­ing the ball from the back.

The vis­i­tors came with a ready-made tac­tic to turn the pres­sure on Pi­rates as they pressed them high in an at­tempt to steal the ball.

Pi­rates were forced to change their ap­proach and cleared the ball out more of­ten than they would have liked to.

Pi­rates’ Zam­bian striker Au­gus­tine Mu­lenga de­serves credit for as­sist­ing the goals for Pule and Motshwari.

Su­perS­port striker Bradley Grob­ler looked ra­zor sharp, with his preda­tory in­stincts, keep­ing the Bucs de­fence on high alert.

Evans Rusike dis­played a dif­fer­ent di­men­sion to his game as he played more on the wing where he used his quick­ness to good ef­fect, but in the end could not com­bine to get the goals needed for the win.

■ Khama Bil­liat scored twice as Kaizer Chiefs claimed their first Absa Premier­ship vic­tory of the sea­son with an em­phatic 4-1 suc­cess over 10-man Cape Town City on yes­ter­day.

Siyabonga Ngezana and Phi­lani Zu­lu­got the other goals for the Amakhosi as 35 000 fans came out to Cape Town Sta­dium to see the Soweto gi­ants break their league duck un­der new coach Giovanni Soli­nas.

For­mer Chiefs for­ward Matthew Rusike scored for the home side, who also lost Taariq Fielies to a red card, fol­low­ing to cau­tions in the sec­ond half.

Chiefs handed a de­but to for­mer City cap­tain Lebo Manyama. – Ad­di­tional re­port­ing by Nick Said

■ Other Premier­ship Re­sults: Chippa United 1, Baroka 0; Mar­itzburg United 0, Bid­vest Wits 0; Polok­wane City 1, Free State Stars 0.

/ Lefty Shivambu/Gallo Im­ages

Te­boho Mokoena of Su­perS­port United and Ben Motshwari of Or­lando Pi­rates in a tussle dur­ing the Absa Premier­ship match be­tween Or­lando Pi­rates and Su­perS­port United at Or­landoSta­dium last night.

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