Bucs keep on rolling


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Or­lando Pi­rates coach Josef Zinnbauer says its im­por­tant to utilise goal scor­ing chances in a game of foot­ball fol­low­ing their 2-1 vic­tory against Chippa United at the Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium on Satur­day.

It was a hard-fought vic­tory for the Buc­ca­neers af­ter hav­ing to soak up a lot of pres­sure from the Chilli Boys, who kept on ask­ing ques­tions look­ing for an equaliser de­spite Pi­rates hav­ing started the game very well.

But a Gabad­inho Mhango brace in the first 20 min­utes of the game set the right tone for Pi­rates as they recorded their fifth vic­tory in as many matches.

“First half we dom­i­nated the game, we had a lot of chances. But if you don’t score it’s a prob­lem in foot­ball all the time. And then in the sec­ond half we had a chance and we didn’t score, mean­while the op­po­nents kept on com­ing at us,” the Pi­rates men­tor told Su­per­Sport TV af­ter the game.

“We said okay, two goals is enough for us, we have a lead and we were de­fend­ing well. I think the op­po­nents had chances, but it wasn’t 100% chances.”

On the los­ing side, United coach Nor­man Mapeza felt his side gave enough to try and at least sal­vage a point in the game, es­pe­cially in the sec­ond half.

But he said his charges couldn’t man­age the game in the open­ing 45 min­utes.

“I think we lost the game in the first half, we did not de­fend well and gave away a soft penalty. We looked much bet­ter in the sec­ond half, we went for­ward.

“I think we were just un­lucky not to walk away with a point tonight (Satur­day),” said the Chippa coach.

“The legs were gone (Pi­rates) in the sec­ond half and that’s when we started to push.

“We lost the game in the first 15 min­utes. It was dif­fi­cult, what we just needed was to man­age the game. But, well done to the boys, there are so many pos­i­tives to take from this game.”

With the vic­tory, Pi­rates have now leapfrogge­d last sea­son’s League cham­pi­ons Mamelodi Sun­downs into sec­ond place on the log with 36 points af­ter 20 matches.

Chippa, mean­while, re­main in 12th spot af­ter col­lect­ing 22 points from 21 games.

Pic­ture: Back­pagepix

DE­LIGHT. Pi­rates striker Gabad­inho Mhango does a back­flip af­ter scor­ing his sec­ond goal dur­ing their Absa Premier­ship match against Chippa United at Nel­son Man­dela Bay Sta­dium on Satur­day.

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