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Zambian Justin Shonga eyeing CAF Champions League spot with South African giants – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


Justin Shonga of Orlando Pirates challenged by Sammy Seabi of Polokwane City

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 28, 2017. 15:00


Zambia and Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga believes the Soweto giants must ensure they finish at the top during this current Premier Soccer League campaign in South Africa.

The Chipolopolo hitman says they must do well this season and ensure they qualify for the CAF Champions League.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic are now sitting at number two in the Absa Premiership and will hope to challenge for the league honours.

“My priority is the team because I believe there is much more that the team can do. Recently, things have not been going well and things should not be this way,” Shonga told Soccer Laduma.

“I watched the team last season and it was not good to see them performing that way.

“This season it must be different because a team like Pirates needs to be playing in the CAF Champions League and finishing in a good position on the log standings.

“It is unacceptable for a great team like this not to win anything.”



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Orlando Pirates humble Bloemfontein Celtic – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Thabo Matlaba of Orlando Pirates and Aphiwe Lubisi of Bloemfontein Celtic during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 game between Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates at Dr Molemela Stadium, Bloemfontein on 26 November 2017 © Frikke Kapp/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Nov 26, 2017. 17:52


Orlando Pirates beat Bloemfontein Celtic 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at the Dr Molemela Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

As a result, Pirates climbed up to second place on the league table, while Celtic slip down to eighth spot on the standings.

Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb and his Pirates counterpart Jackson Mabokgwane were not seriously tested in the first 10 minutes of the game.

Tignyemb was called into action in the 16th minute and he denied Pirates midfielder Luvuyo Memela as the visitors began to press Celtic.

Pirates defender-cum-midfielder Gladwin Shitolo thought he had given his side the lead a few minutes before the half-hour mark, but he was ruled offside.

The momentum was with Celtic after the half-hour mark with Kabelo Mahlasela looking lively for the hosts.

But the Celtic attacking midfielder was contained by the Pirates defence and the two sides were locked at 0-0 at half-time.

The Buccaneers had slightly dominated the first-half, but they could not beat Cameroonian shot-stopper Tignyemb.

Pirates were forced to concede two corner-kicks by Celtic in the first five minutes of the second-half and the visitors dealt well with the set-pieces.

The home side’s defence was then caught napping and former Celtic midfielder Musa Nyatama beat Tignyemb to make it 1-0 to Pirates in the 62nd minute.

There was a defensive mix-up in the Pirates box seven minutes later, but Celtic could not punish the visitors following a cross by Deon Hotto.

The momentum was Celtic in the closing stages of the game with Pirates forced to sit back and defend.

Pirates defended very well in the dying minutes and ultimately, they ran out 1-0 winners over Celtic.

Celtic 0

Pirates (0) 1 (Nyatama 62′)

Celtic: Tignyemb, Rikhotso, Ndengane, Lubisi, Baloyi, Mashikinya (Mabaso 85′), Phalane, Letsoalo (Nyundu 60′), Mahlasela (Motshegwa 77′), Hotto, Mabena.

Pirates: Mabokgwane, Chabalala, Shitolo, Nyauza, Matlaba, Sangweni, Nyatama, Qalinge (Rakhale 57′), Memela, Makola (Sarr 71′), Gabuza (Nkosi 91’+1).



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Orlando Pirates unaware Foster underwent trials at AS Monaco – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lyle Foster of Orlando Pirates during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 19 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Friday Nov 24, 2017. 17:00


Orlando Pirates administrative manager Floyd Mbele is unaware of media reports stating that Lyle Foster underwent trials at AS Monaco.

On Thursday, reports coming of South Africa stated that the Bucs striker went for a two-week assessment at the French Ligue 1 giants.

However, Bucs club official Mbele insisted that he was not aware of the news when speaking to Goal South Africa.

“I don’t know what you are talking about. Honestly, I’m not aware that he went to Monaco for an assessment,” Mbele told Goal.

“It’s the first time I’m hearing this. I’m not aware of any assessment the player went through abroad.”

Foster, who is a South African Under-20 international, was promoted to the Bucs first team this season.

He has since made four appearances in the Absa Premiership for the Buccaneers.



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Uganda’s Ivan Ntege linked with a move to South African giants Orlando Pirates – Botswana Premier League 2017/18


Ivan Ntege of Uganda gets away from Youssouf Kabore of Burkina Faso during the 2014 CAF African Nations Championships Group B football match between Uganda and Burkina Faso at Athlone Stadium, Cape Town on 12 January 2014

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Staff Reporter

Wednesday Nov 22, 2017. 14:30


Uganda and Township Rollers midfielder Ivan Ntege has attracted interest in the South African Premier Soccer League, with Orlando Pirates keeping tabs on him.

According to media reports in Botswana, Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic a former Cranes mentor, is known to be a fan of the Ugandan international.

With Rollers open to listening to offers, the Botswana Premier League outfit could part ways with Ntege and Tshepo Matete who is linked with a move to AmaZulu.

Speaking to the Sunday Standard newspaper in Botswana, Rollers spokesperson Bafana Pheto says they are yet to receive offers regarding their duo.

“We are open to offers regarding any of our players and encourage our players to work hard to gain recognition in big leagues,” Pheto told Sunday Standard.

“We will not stand in any way of players if offers come forth but at the moment we have not heard anything formal but aware of such rumours,”

Although Pheto declined to divulge the duo’s worth in the transfer market, he insists they would hold discussions at management level to decide on the value of players.



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Orlando Pirates continue winless run in Absa Premiership


Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates tackled by Limbikani Mzava and Nkanyiso Cele of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium, Soweto South Africa on 21 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 21:43


Orlando Pirates have gone six matches without a win in the Absa Premiership after a 0-0 draw against Golden Arrows on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.

The hosts had a number of chances upfront, but now sit at sixth spot in the league with 15 points from 11 matches in their campaign.

Despite good touches from the hosts in the early stages of the contest, they could not test Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede in the first 10 minutes.

However, three minutes later Thabo Matlaba had his powerful left-footed effort saved by Gumede.

In the 27th minute Thabo Qalinge dribbled past four Arrows defenders into the box, but was let down by his final shot at goal which went straight at Gumede who cleared the danger.

Just after the half-hour mark Pirates lost the ball in the midfield and allowed Kudakwashe Mahachi to make a dangerous run into the box, only to see his final touch swallowed by keeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

Arrows resorted to long range efforts and Mabokgwane was called to produce a fine save to deny Zolani Nkombelo in the 41st minute.

It was 0-0 at half time.

With both sides coming from the tunnel energised, it was Clinton Larsen’s men who wasted a glorious chance to score when Mutizwa’s shot was saved by Mabokgwane after beating his marker in the box.

In the 62nd minute, Pirates intensified their probe for a goal and saw a Musa Nyatama effort saved by Gumede – the rebound fell for an unmarked Justice Chabalala whose effort sailed over the cross bar from close range.

The Soweto giants tried to pull out all their tricks in search of a winner, but were unable to break the deadlock.

For the visitors, Arrows now sit at the second spot on the log table with 16 points after 11 games in the league.

Orlando Pirates: 0

Golden Arrows: 0

Orlando Pirates: Mabokgwane, Chabalala, Shitolo, Van Heerden (Memela 69′), Nyauza, Matlaba, Nyatama, Qalinge (Morrison 79′), Lorch, Makola, Gabuza (Kutumela 54′)

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Mngwengwe, Mzava, S. Dube, Nkombelo, Cele, Shongwe (Bilankulu 58′), Sibiya (Fikizolo 46′), Mahachi (Lamola 71′), Magubane, Mutizwa



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Polokwane City stun Orlando Pirates in TKO – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Mpho Makola of Orlando Pirates challenged by Lorence Vilakazi of Polokwane City during the 2017 Telkom Knockout football match between Orlando Pirates and Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 04 November 2017 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Nov 04, 2017. 23:40


Polokwane City defeated Orlando Pirates 4-2 on penalties following a 2-2 draw in a Telkom Knockout Cup quarter-final match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

The win sees Rise and Shine book their place in this year’s semi-finals, while the Buccaneers are eliminated from the competition.

It took only two minutes for the home side to break the deadlock – silencing the Pirates fans inside the Mecca of South African football.

Rendani Ndou headed into an empty following a good cross by Rodney Ramagalela to make it 1-0 to Polokwane in the second minute.

However, Rise and Shine’s lead only lasted for 11 minutes as Ntsikelelo Nyauza scored with a powerful low shot to make it 1-1 for Pirates.

The hosts should have taken the lead for the first time after there were awarded a penalty in the 25th minute, but Mpho Makola missed the target.

Polokwane then managed to regain their lead in the 41st minute when Ndou fired past Pirates goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands to make it 2-1.

Pirates then pressed Polokwane and they restored parity again, and this time it was Makola, who scored in stoppage time. The score was 2-2 at the interval.

The Buccaneers enjoyed more possession in the first 15 minutes of the second-half as they searched for their third goal.

However, Rise and Shine looked dangerous on transition with hard-running striker Ramagalela spearheading their attack.

Polokwane’s substitute keeper Harold Ndlovu and his Pirates counter-part Sandilands produced late saves to ensure that the game went into extra-time.

There were no goals in extra-time and the match went into a penalty shootout. Polokwane went on to win 4-2 on penalties.

Pirates (2) 2 (Nyauza 13′, Makola 45’+3)

Polokwane (2) 2 (Ndou 2′, 41′)

Polokwane emerged 4-2 winners on penalties.

Pirates: Sandilands, Chabalala, Nyauza, Van Heerden, Matlaba, Nyatama, Makola (Rakhale 110′), Qalinge (Norodien 102′), Lorch (Kutumela 58′), Shonga, Gabuza.

Polokwane: Chigova (Ndlovu 35′), Semenya, Ravhuhali, Mbonani, Maponyane, Seabi, Vilakazi, Klaas (Mngomezulu 56′), Ramagalela, Maluleke, Ndou (Booi 87′).



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Pirates suffer defeat against Sundowns in Orlando – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Hlompho Kekana of Mamelodi Sundowns celebrates a goal during the Absa Premiership match between Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns on 01 November 2017 at Orlando Stadium @Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Nov 01, 2017. 21:48


A goal by Marc Van Heerden was not enough for Orlando Pirates as they succumbed to a 3-1 defeat against Mamelodi Sundowns in the Absa Premiership on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.

The defeat leaves the Soweto giants placed at number seven on the log standings with 14 points after 10 league games.

For the visitors, two first half goals through Hlompho Kekana and one goal from Anthony Laffor ensured they ended their three-match losing streak.

As early as the second minute, the Brazilians grabbed the lead as skipper Kekana intercepted a back pass by Abbubaker Mobara to goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands and his block went into the goal, handing the visitors an early lead.

Despite Sundowns’ early goal, the Buccaneers dominated the first 10 minutes as they pushed to get an equaliser.

However against the run of play, Kekana completed his brace in the 13th minute as he caught Sandilands off his line to hand the visitors their 2-0 lead after a spectacular long range effort from his own half.

After the first quarter, coach Pitso Mosimane’s men won all the second balls in the heart of the park and kept Pirates in their own half, but there were no clear cut chances.

Yet right in the 20th minute, Pirates skipper Thabo Matlaba tried a long range effort to test keeper Denis Onyango, but could not hit the target.

The 30th minute allowed the visitors to push forward and Kekana nearly bagged his hat-trick after dispossessing Issa Sarr, only to see his shot going wide of the right post.

With seven minutes to the interval, Bangaly Soumahoro fouled Thabo Qalinge on the edge of the box and a fine left-footed set piece through Van Heerden brought the hosts back into the game as he beat Onyango hands down.

It was 2-1 at the end of the opening stanza.

The end-to-end stuff continued in the second half as both sides kept on attacking, but it was coach Milutin Sredojevic’s side that threatened the most with their good passing display.

In the the 60th minute, Kekana tried a beautiful set piece on the d-line and managed to produce a fine save from Sandilands, who punched the ball away.

Pirates moved forward with purpose and Sundowns failed to clear the ball in the box which fell for Qalinge, but his shot was cleared off the line by Soumahoro in the 68th minute.

Qalinge showed his class but rushed his decision in the box in the final nine minutes after a clever turn to beat Sundowns’ defence, as he failed to put the ball into the net with Onyango out of his line.

The last three minutes saw the hosts dominating the proceedings as they constantly knocked at Sundowns door, but substitute Laffor grabbed the lead after a great pass from Themba Zwane to unleash a rocket on the roof of the net, 3-1.

Meanwhile, Sundowns now sit at number eight on the log table with 12 points after seven games so far.

Orlando Pirates (1) 1 (Van Heerden 38′)

Mamelodi Sundowns (2) 3 (Kekana 2′, 13′, Laffor 90′)

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Mobara, Chabalala, Maela (Nyatama 34′), Van Heerden, Matlaba, Sarr, Qalinge, Lorch (Morrison 73′), Makola, Kutumela (Gabuza 23′)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango, Langerman, Soumahoro, Morena, Madisha, Ngcongca, Kekana (T. Zwane 75′), Mabunda, Vilakazi (Laffor 79′), Manyisa, Tau (Billiat 69′)



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Orlando Pirates coach ‘Micho’: We are laying foundations – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic

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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 28, 2017. 13:00


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic has urged fans to be patient with him and the team, as they are in the process of laying the foundations of success.

Former Uganda coach ‘Micho’ was brought to the Buccaneers ahead of the current season after the club endured a disastrous campaign in 2016/17.

The Serbian has overseen a solid if unspectacular start to the current season, though they have failed to win any of their last four matches and were held to a dour goalless draw by Soweto rivals Kaizer Chiefs last weekend.

Sredojevic understands that Bucs’ supporters want a more attacking brand of football, but he believes the team needs to be on a stronger foundation before the players can express themselves with freedom.

“We want to give double joy to our supporters; this means good football and positive results. Sometimes teams win but don’t play a good brand of football and that is also frustrating for the fans. On the other hand, sometimes you play really well but don’t win,” ‘Micho’ told Pirates’ official website.

“We are in the process of building and for that reason I can say that we [the technical team] were generally pleased with the performance of the team last week. Having said that, I also fully understand the expectations of our supporters.

“No coach joins this club blind of those expectations. This is why we are not ready to rest. We are working around the clock and it’s only a matter of time before we get our systems in place. The supporters must understand that it is a process. We will get it right.

“We are pushing all departments to play with the brand of football that will excite supporters and make them happy. We are building a house here, and it starts with foundations before putting a roof on it. The habit of scoring has to be done through repetitions, and that’s our aim as a technical team.”

Pirates will be in action later this afternoon when they face Golden Arrows in a last 16 Telkom Knockout clash at Princess Magogo Stadium.



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Zambian international delighted to join South African giants Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Justin Shonga of Zambia ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 27, 2017. 14:30


Zambian international and Orlando Pirates striker, Justin Shonga has revealed that legendary Chipolopolo striker Collins Mbesuma has inspired him.

Shonga said playing in the South African Premier Soccer League is a good thing for his career as he used to watch the Soweto giants.

Mbesuma is one of the Zambians who have done well in the PSL having starred for Kaizer Chiefs, Mamelodi Sundowns, Highlands and the Buccaneers.

The former Nkwazi FC hitman is yet to score in South Africa, but will hope to be on the mark as they visit Lamontville Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout Last 16 at the Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday.

“Joining Pirates is a good thing. I used to watch Pirates some time back when they had players like Mbesuma and Chansa,” Shonga tells KickOff.com.

“I am happy to join them because it’s every player’s dream to play for a big club. I am having a good time and the reception was okay. They received me well and I have been mingling well with the guys.

“I want to achieve a lot of things. I want to score goals for the club and help the club win cups. We have to push hard for us to get that because it won’t just come easy. When you join a new club, you need to work hard to find a position to be playing.”



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Orlando Pirates coach not worried by winless streak – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Milutin Sredojevic , coach of Orlando Pirates and Rhulani Mokoena reacts to the referee during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Oct 24, 2017. 12:30


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says he is “not worried” that his side has gone four matches without a win.

The Soweto giants have recorded three draws and one defeat since their 1-0 win over Cape Town City on September 19.

The Buccaneers will have their first taste of cup football this season when they face Golden Arrows in a last 16 Telkom Knockout clash in Durban on Saturday afternoon.

Serbian ‘Micho’ insists that his side is playing well and dominating matches – they just need to finish off their chances.

“It is true that we haven’t won in four matches but I am not worried,” Sredojevic said, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“We are introducing a new set-up that we want to build our house in a way that we have an identity.

“We dominated our last four games, but the only thing that was missing was converting the chances we created.

“In a marathon called the league, you have some bad patches but the most important thing is collecting the odd point here and there while you build your momentum.

“I am convinced that we will start to get wins. The performances that we have displayed are injecting us with immense confidence. We will continue playing our way. The results will come.”



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Innocent Maela wants to restore glory days at Orlando Pirates


Siphiwe Tshabalala of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Innocent Maela of Orlando Pirates during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa on 21 October 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Monday Oct 23, 2017. 16:00


Orlando Pirates defender Innocent Maela believes the Telkom Knockout Cup is an opportunity for the Soweto giants to reclaim their trophy dominance.

The Buccaneers have been drawn against Lamontville Golden Arrows in the Last 16 of the tournament, and the left back wants them to rectify their ways.

Maela says this is an opportunity for them to change what happened in the past two seasons as Pirates failed to lift any silverware.

“Pirates are a big club and our supporters expect us to win every available trophy, so we have to fight and ensure we give them what they want so they can be happy,” said Maela.

“We all know what happened in the past two seasons, but this is a different season and we are all determined to bring the club to its best.”



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Soweto Derby – Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Orlando Pirates – As it happened – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Graeme Jackson

Saturday Oct 21, 2017. 17:17


Welcome to coverage of the Absa Premiership Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates from the FNB Stadium.

Commentary:

All times CAT

90+4′ – Full time – It ends in a predictable draw, a fair reflection of the game. Both teams hit the woodwork, neither really did enough to earn all three points.

90+3′ – But Tshabalala’s free kick is headed clear.

90+2′ – Yellow card – Mobara with a stupid challenge to give away a free kick in a dangerous position right at the death.

90+1′ – There will be three minutes of added time.

90′ – Pirates with a corner kick in the final minute of regulation time, but they don’t really test Chiefs’ defence.

87′ – Yellow card – Tshabalala booked for a late challenge on Sarr.

86′ – Substitution – The final change sees Ryan Moon replace Parker upfront for Chiefs.

85′ – Pirates with a corner kick from Makola, but Mathoho heads clear.

83′ – Chiefs ending the match strongly, they look to have plenty of legs left. Pirates are tired and weary after bossing most of the game.

81′ – Substitution – Thembinkosi Lorch replaces the excellent Qalinge, who finally ran out of steam after a great performance.

80′ – Great chance for Chiefs! Maluleka crosses from the right to pick out an unmarked Cardoso at the back post, but he volleys over!

77′ – Yellow card – Makola goes through Meyiwa and is deservedly booked.

76′ – Chiefs with a free kick in a great attacking position… Tshabalala looks to shoot on goal, but only hits the wall.

74′ – Substitution – Wiseman Meyiwa replaces Ngezana for Chiefs.

73′ – Yellow card – Pirates have the ball in the back of the net as Morrison turns home Makola’s cross, but the forward used his hand and is rightly booked.

71′ – Tshabalala crosses from a free kick, Katsande heads on target… great one-handed save from Sandilands! He hasn’t had much to do, but he was sharp to the danger that time!

68′ – Molangoane crosses from the right, Parker tries an overhead kick which doesn’t come off. Goal kick to Pirates.

66′ – Maela floats in a cross from the left, Gabuza gets up to win the header but can’t direct his effort on target.

64′ – Substitution – Rakhale off and Thamsanqa Gabuza on in Pirates’ second change.

63′ – Chiefs with a sustained attack which ends with Tshabalala shooting toward the near post and Sandilands saving. But it should have been so much more for the Amakhosi, they had Bucs on the rack just then!

61′ – Past the hour mark, the tempo has risen after those substitutions – both teams now have more energy and movement upfront.

58′ – Qalinge shoots on goal direct from a free kick, punched away by Khune.

57′ – Yellow card – Ngezana booked for a clumsy challenge.

56′ – Substitution – Pirates’ first change sees Kutumela make way for Bernard Morrison.

55′ – Makola chips a ball over the top to find the run of Qalinge, who tries an acrobatic volley and rattles the crossbar! So close for Bucs!
Substitution – Chiefs’ first change sees Gustavo Paez replace Ekstein.

53′ – Tshabalala with a good delivery from the set piece, but no chance created for Amakhosi.

52′ – Rare chance for Chiefs as Zulu crosses from the left and Parker looks to head on goal… the ball loops out of play for a corner kick.

51′ – Back to the same pattern as the first half: plenty of the ball for Pirates, but Chiefs able to defend quite comfortably.

48′ – Parker picks up a loose ball and shoots from range, but his effort is high and wide.

46′ – Back underway in the second half, no changes from either team at the break.

45+2′ – Half time – Goalless at the break. Pirates have enjoyed most of the ball, but have had little penetration. Chiefs look dangerous from set pieces and will hope to win the chess battle in the second stanza.

45′ – Qalinge picks out Makola with a great back-heel, but the Pirates midfielder then shoots into the side netting!

44′ – Yellow card – Sarr cautioned for a trip on Katsande in midfield.

43′ – Pirates work a corner to see Rakhale shoot through bodies from outside the ‘D’ of the box and Khune gets down to make a fine save low to his right!

41′ – Makola shoots from range… again not on target. Chiefs still keeping Bucs at arm’s length with relative ease.

39′ – Mathoho with a good challenge to stop Matlaba in his tracks. Now Rakhale gets a curling shot away, but it’s an easy save for Khune.

36′ – Yellow card – Katsande cautioned for a foul in midfield, he’ll have to tread carefully for the rest of the match.

35′ – Good work from Cardoso to hold off Kutumela. The Chiefs defence hasn’t really been tested thus far.

33′ – Matlaba shoots from range… high and wide.

31′ – Rakhale with a good cross from the right, but it’s just too high for Kutumela to get onto.

29′ – Maluleka crosses from the set piece, Ngezana wins the header at the back post and hits the opposite upright with his effort! So close to a second goal in as many games for the youngster!

28′ – Tshabalala wins a free kick wide on the right for Chiefs. What can the Amakhosi create from this?

26′ – Maela with a fine cross from the left, but Pirates don’t have the numbers in Chiefs’ box to take advantage.

24′ – Past the midway point of the first half, still goalless at FNB Stadium between Chiefs and Pirates.

22′ – Parker with a couple of touches in Pirates’ box, but he’s quickly crowded out by Chabalala and Mobara.

20′ – Qalinge seeing a lot of the ball and doing a great job to link play for Pirates, but they need a little more speed and incisiveness to trouble the Amakhosi.

17′ – Chiefs used similar tactics away to Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek and came away with an impressive 2-1 victory.

16′ – Plenty of the ball for Bucs, but they don’t really look threatening. Chiefs will be quite comfortable with the way the game is going.

14′ – Yellow card – Kutumela receives a silly booking for a challenge on Khune.

12′ – Makola with a long-range drive… high and wide, no worry for Khune.

11′ – Tshabalala plays a great reverse pass to put Parker in on goal, but Sandilands was quick off his line to smother the ball!

10′ – A sustained spell of possession for Pirates ends with Qalinge crossing from the right, only for Khune to make an easy catch.

7′ – Chiefs with an attacking free kick which takes a couple of deflections before bouncing into the hands of goalkeeper Sandilands, who is playing in his first Soweto Derby.

5′ – The corner is initially cleared by Zulu and Chiefs go on to defend solidly in the face of some Pirates pressure, before Maluleka wins a free kick near his own penalty area.

4′ – Qalinge tries from long range and his skidding shot is turned away for a corner kick by Khune!

2′ – Qalinge with an early piece of showboating to get the crowd cheering…

1′ – Kick-off – We are underway at FNB Stadium! Chiefs wear gold with black trim, while Pirates are in black with white trim.

15h25 – Thando Ndzandzeka is the referee for today’s match. We are just a few minutes away from kick-off…

15h15 – There’s little to separate these teams as they come into this clash: Pirates are third on the log with 13 points, while Chiefs are fourth on 12 points. A draw would seem the likely result and history backs this up: the teams have drawn their last three league meetings in succession, while seven of the last 10 have ended in stalemates.

15h00 – Half an hour to kick-off, here are the starting XIs:

Kaizer Chiefs: Itumeleng Khune, Siyabonga Ngezana, Daniel Cardoso, Erick Mathoho, Philani Zulu, Joseph Molangoane, Willard Katsande, George Maluleka, Hendrick Ekstein, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Bernard Parker

Orlando Pirates: Wayne Sandilands, Thabo Matlaba, Justice Chabalala, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Innocent Maela, Thabo Qalinga, Abbubaker Mobara, Issa Sarr, Mpho Makola, Thabo Rakhale, Thabiso Kutumela



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We aren’t scoring enough – Orlando Pirates coach – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Micho Sredojevic

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Graeme Jackson

Thursday Oct 19, 2017. 13:00


Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says his side is not scoring enough, following their 1-1 draw at home to Platinum Stars on Wednesday evening.

The Buccaneers have now gone three league matches without a win – and scored just seven goals in eight games – after they were held by bottom-of-the-log Stars at FNB Stadium.

It was not the ideal preparation for this weekend’s eagerly-anticipated Soweto derby against Kaizer Chiefs, which will be played at the same venue on Saturday afternoon.

“I really don’t know whether we’ve been in Saturday’s game. We were told that this match was supposed to be a bridge for Saturday,” Micho told SuperSport TV cameras.

“I’m happy with the way we’ve been patient with possession but not scoring enough, creating enough but not scoring enough.

Football has shown us a very cruel aspect when you score the goal, instead of the next two, three minutes you are not conceding. Emotionally, we have not been settled, we conceded immediately.

“We tried after to create [chances], it was not easy. The opponents were sitting back and defending. We have tried with patience to reach towards the goal but we did not succeed.

“Unfortunately, [it was] one of those days where you regret that domination has not been the difference.”



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Orlando Pirates goalkeeper says he voted for Masuluke’s goal – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Jackson Mabokgwane of Orlando Pirates

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Friday Oct 13, 2017. 14:30


Despite saying he will not vote for Baroka FC goalkeeper Oscarine Masuluke’s goal, Orlando Pirates keeper Jackson Mabokgwane has set the record straight.

The former Mpumalanga Black Aces keeper was quoted by a local radio station as saying he will not vote for his counterpart because voting is for supporters.

Masuluke scored a spectacular bicycle-kick during their 2016/17 Absa Premiership match against the Soweto giants to make it 1-1 in Polokwane.

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The goal has got the nod and is among the best three goals in the world nominated in the final three-man shortlist for the FIFA Puskas Award.

“I’m a football player I don’t go around voting‚ I only play football,” Mabokgwane told PowerFM. “Voting is for supporters‚ it’s for fans‚ people should vote for him if they like the goal.”

However, he took to his official Twitter account and set the record straight, saying he voted via the FIFA website.



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Orlando Pirates sign Zambia starlet Justin Shonga – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Justin Shonga of Zambia ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 15:00


Orlando Pirates have announced the signing of Zambian youth international striker Justin Shonga from Nkwazi United.

He will join his new teammates on Wednesday.

Although he was linked with a move to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Buccaneers have seemingly beaten the Brazilians on landing the Junior Chipolopolo’s signature.

Pirates have also announced that Shonga will don the number 27 jersey under coach Milutin Sredojevic as he starts his journey in the South African Premiership.

“I am happy to be here. This is the right move for my career and my ambitions. I would like to emulate other Zambian players who have done well at the Club such as Perry Mutapa and Isaac Chansa,” said Shonga on the club’s website.



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Orlando Pirates unveils Ford SA as new sponsor – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Lyle Foster of Orlando Pirates during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Orlando Pirates and Cape Town City at Soccer City, Johannesburg on 19 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Sep 27, 2017. 10:30


Orlando Pirates have announced a new sponsorship deal with auto manufacturing giant, Ford South Africa on Tuesday, September 26.

The Soweto giants announced the deal on their Twitter page as they welcomed the vehicle giant to their stable at an event at the Orlando Stadium.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic’s men have started the 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign on a high as they have only registered one loss in six matches.

They occupy the third spot with 12 points from three matches and two draws so far, their next match is against Polokwane City at home on Saturday.



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Sangweni to return next month – Pirates coach ‘Micho’ – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Thamsanqa Sangweni of Orlando Pirates during the Orlando Pirates Training on the 17 August 2017 at Rand Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Graeme Jackson

Tuesday Sep 26, 2017. 19:00


Orlando Pirates player Thamsanqa Sangweni is set to return from injury next month, according to coach Milutin Sredojevic.

The midfielder sustained an injury against his former team Chippa United at the end of August and has been sidelined ever since.

However, the 28-year-old has returned to training and while he will still miss this weekend’s clash with Polokwane City, he should be back for the match against Platinum Stars on October 18.

“He was injured. He is now back at training and working on his fitness,” said Sredojevic, as quoted by Kick-Off.

“He should be ready after the international week,” added the Serbian.

Pirates suffered their first loss under ‘Micho’ when they were beaten 1-0 by Bidvest Wits this past weekend.



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Urban Warriors suffer defeat in Orlando


Bernard Morrison of Pirates scores past Brandon Petersen of Ajax Cape Town during the 2017/18 Absa Premiership football match between Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town at Orlando Stadium, Johannesburg on 12 September 2017 ©Gavin Barker/BackpagePix

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Bertin Basson

Tuesday Sep 12, 2017. 22:10


Ajax Cape Town’s struggles at Orlando Stadium continued, as the Urban Warriors suffered a 1-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates in an Absa Premiership fixture on Tuesday evening.

Bernard Morrison’s ninth minute strike the difference between the two teams as the Buccaneers climbed to second spot on the log standings. Ajax Cape Town remain in 15th place having yet to win a game this season.

The Ghanaian, Morrison, pounced on poor defending from a long throw-in to guide the ball past Brandon Petersen at the back post, for what proved to be the only goal of the game.

Thabo Mosadi almost found the perfect reply for the visitors, but his rasping shot moments later could only trouble the side-netting.

Chances were few and far between for the remainder of the half with both teams lacking real fluency, Pirates 1-0 up at the break.

The hosts squandered a glorious chance to double their lead four minutes following the interval, but Brandon Petersen was alert to the danger as he pulled off a great stop to deny Thabo Qalinge from close range. Pirates unable to capitalize on a 5 v 2 situation.

Thamsanqa Gabuza had the ball on the back of the net on two occasions in the ensuing 19 minutes, but on both occasions the linesman’s flag was raised for offside – keeping the Urban Warriors in with a shout.

And Tashreeq Morris almost stole a point for the visitors in the dying stages of the clash, but he was denied by Wayne Sandilands who made a stunning close-range stop.

Orlando Pirates (1) 0 (Morrison 9′)

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Maela, Nyauza, Jele, Matlaba – Dube, Makola (Mobara 84′), Nyatama – Qalinge (Sarr 70′), Morrison (Lorch 58′), Gabuza

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Isaacs, Nhlapo, Booysen, Lebusa – Malepe, Mdabuka (Nxumalo 63′), Margeman (Nemukondeni 81′) – Mosadi, Makua (Mzwakali 66′), Morris



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Orlando Pirates keeper Sandilands receives SA call-up – 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Thursday Aug 24, 2017. 12:00


South Africa goalkeepers Itumeleng Khune and Darren Keet are set to miss Bafana Bafana’s clashes with Cape Verde next month.

Bafana are scheduled to lock horns with Cape Verde in back to back 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers next month.

Experienced goalkeeper Khune, who is currently on the books of South African Absa Premiership giants Kaizer Chiefs, is down with a chest infection.

While goalkeeper Keet, who is also plying his trade in the Absa Premiership for Bidvest Wits, is currently suffering from a knee injury.

Stuart Baxter, the Bafana coach, has called up Reyaad Pieterse of SuperSport United as well as Wayne Sandilands of Orlando Pirates as replacements.

This was confirmed by the South African Football Association (SAFA) on Wednesday.

South Africa are scheduled to face off with Cape Verde on Friday, 1 September 2017 at the Estadio Nacional Stadium in Cape Verde.

The return leg encounter is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, 5 September at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, South Africa.

Bafana assemble for camp on Sunday, 27 August 2017 in Johannesburg, and expected to travel to Cape Verde on Tuesday, 29 August.



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Tendai Ndoro leaves Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Tendai Ndoro of Orlando Pirates celebrates a goal ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Aug 22, 2017. 15:30


Orlando Pirates have announced the departure of striker Tendai Ndoro to Saudi Arabia’s Al Faisaly.

A statement released by the club is that the Zimbabwean forward will not be available for their second 2017/18 Absa Premiership clash against Baroka.

The Buccaneers are on the road to Limpopo as they meet Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele on Tuesday night and ‘Fire’ will miss the encounter.

“The Club can confirm that it has reached an agreement for the sale of the Zimbabwean international to Al Faisaly Football Club,” Pirates said in a statement.

“Ndoro is due to undergo a medical in Saudi Arabia before the deal is finalised.”



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Gabuza fires Orlando Pirates past Chippa United – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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

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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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Orlando Pirates hit back at ex-coach Kjell Jonevret – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Irvin Khoza and Kjell Jonevret

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wednesday Aug 16, 2017. 10:00


South African Premier Soccer League club, Orlando Pirates have hit back at former coach Kjell Jonevret.

The Swedish coach spoke to a television station in his country regarding his departure from the Soweto giants a few weeks ago.

Jonevret reportedly said it was difficult to make his voice heard at the club and that there are many people wanting to be involved.

On the other hand, Jonevret reportedly said the political aspect is extraordinary in the club and he felt he could not continue.

In a statement responding to the coach’s sentiments, Pirates said it is important to honour the details pertaining to the departure of its employees to avoid negatively affecting their future employment prospects.

“It is important to note that it is Orlando Pirates policy and practice not to comment about the details pertaining to the departure of its employees to avoid negatively affecting their future employment prospects,” reads a statement from Pirates.

“This policy is captured in a confidentiality clause on the employment contract and Employee Handbook the club enters into with its employees.

“Mr Kjell Jonevret obviously respects neither the letter nor the spirit of the contract and Employee Handbook.

“The truth is that Mr Kjell Jonevret failed his probation and Orlando Pirates Football Club had informed him both in a review meeting and in writing following which he tendered his resignation.

“The club would not want to divulge further into Mr Kjell Jonevret’s shortcomings however, it is perhaps in his concluding remark in the television interview that we can get an insight as to his state of mind.

“It will help for him to realise that when he was busy pursuing a hobby, all around him were hard at work trying to return the club to its winning ways.”

Meanwhile, the Buccaneers are set to get their 2017/18 Absa Premiership campaign underway against Chippa United at Orlando Stadium on Saturday, 19 August at 18:00 (CAT).



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Mobara must captain Soweto giants Orlando Pirates says former Bucs legend – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


Abbubaker Mobara of Orlando Pirates celebrates his goal during the Nedbank Cup Semi Final match between Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates on 21 May 2017 at Princess Magogo Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 10, 2017. 15:30


Following the departure of Orlando Pirates skipper Oupa Manyisa to Mamelodi Sundowns, the Buccaneers are yet to announce their new captain.

However, former Pirates captain Lucky Lekgwathi believes defender Abbubaker Mobara could be the man capable of leading the Soweto giants.

Coach Milutin Sredojevic is set to announce his skipper as they will open their 2017/18 Absa Premiership account against Chippa United at home next Saturday.

But ‘Phinda Mzala’ says the former Ajax Cape Town player is a good boy on and off the filed and always delivers a 100% performance.

“I think Mobara will be a good choice. I will be happy to see him taking the armband because he is young and has shown a great character,” said Lekgwathi to the Sowetan.

“If they can name him the captain, I’ll arrange a meeting with him just to advise and guide him.

“With my 14 years of experience at Pirates, meeting him would definitely help him. I have never heard of any bad stories about him.

“He is a good boy on and off the field. He always gives 100% when he plays. Last season, he was our best player, he led by example.

“Another thing that I like about Mobara, is that he communicates with his teammates on the field.”



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Milutin Sredojevic expects to succeed at Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Militin Sredejovic new Orlando Pirates coach during the Orlando Pirates Press Conference on the 03 August 2017 at Orlando Stadium © Sydney Mahlangu /BackpagePix

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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Sunday Aug 06, 2017. 12:00


New Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic says he expects more support from the Buccaneers faithful ahead of the new 2017/18 South African Premier Soccer League season.

The Serbian manager was appointed last week to replace Belgian-born, Kjell Jonevret and the former Uganda coach wants to reclaim the glory days at Pirates.

Although he is not new at Pirates, having coached the side in 2006, Sredojevic has called for support from everyone associated with the Soweto giants.

“Everyone needs to do their own jobs. My job is I’m a football person and I have come here to solve the one million and one football problems I have seen in the match the other Saturday [against Kaizer Chiefs],” Sredojevic is quoted by KickOff.com.

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“I have seen room for improvement and space for development. I will deal with the football issues on the field of play and I believe that I’m a key player so I will give my full contribution in all capacities – from a coaching and technical aspect.

“I expect and have come here after being assured of full support from all structures within the club.

“We are running against time and need to work in that regard, and I strongly believe, with my capacities as manager off the field and football coach on the field, that we will succeed in all the challenges in front of us.”

Pirates will open their Absa Premiership campaign against Chippa United at home on August 19 at Orlando Stadium at 18:00 (CAT).



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Milutin Sredojevic returns to SA giants Orlando Pirates – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


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Phumzile Ngcatshe

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 19:00


Following speculation that he was on his way to rejoin Orlando Pirates, former Uganda coach Milutin Sredojevic has now been unveiled as the new Buccaneers coach.

Although the club’s chairman, Dr. Irvin Khoza did not reveal the length of the coach’s contract, the Serbian manager has replaced Kjell Jonevret.

Jonevret tendered his resignation on Wednesday, raising speculation that the ‘Micho’ was on his way to the Soweto giants.

During a media briefing on Thursday, the ‘Iron Duke’ also confirmed that midfielder and skipper, Oupa Manyisa is joining African champions, Mamelodi Sundowns.

“We also welcome back Milutin Sredejovic, coach Micho. A man who’s integrity I respect,” said Khoza.

“When he left, he left graciously. Now, he comes back with a great record and experiences throughout the continent.

“We will also announce his technical support staff after further discussions.”

The 47-year-old is appointed with immediate effect and Khoza announced that they will meet to finalise the technical team as well as player and staff movements.

‘Micho’ led Pirates in 2006 where he reached the CAF Champions League semi-finals.

On the other hand, he also led the Cranes of Uganda to their first African Cup of Nations participation in 38 years in Gabon this year.



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Oupa Manyisa dumps Orlando Pirates for Mamelodi Sundowns – ABSA Premiership 2017/18 – Orlando Pirates


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Bertin Basson

Thursday Aug 03, 2017. 16:00



Orlando Pirates chairman ,Irvin Khoza, has announced that midfielder Oupa Manyisa will be joining Mamelodi Sundowns.

The 29-year-old, who made his debut for the club nine years ago, will leave the Buccaneers in favour of the CAF Champions League holders – following a successful spell with the Soweto giants that conjured seven trophies.

The Bafana Bafana international will become the Brazilians second signing of the current transfer, following the arrival of goalkeeper Razak Brimah .

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Sundowns have yet to announce the singing, but are expected to do so later today with Khoza having jumped the gun on the Brazilians, in typical ‘Iron Duke’ fashion.

Khoza has also confirmed former Uganda boss Milutin Sredojević as the new head coach of the Sea Robbers. ‘Micho ‘returns for a second spell at the club.



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New Orlando Pirates signings excite Jonevret – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Musa Nyatama of Orlando Pirates challenged by Ryan Moon and Tsepo Masilela of Kaizer Chiefs during 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup match between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg South Africa on 29 July 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Sunday Jul 30, 2017. 16:00


Orlando Pirates coach Kjell Jonevret reflected on his side’s defeat to Kaizer Chiefs in Johannesburg, South Africa on Saturday.

Chiefs successfully defended the 2017 Carling Black Label Champion Cup after defeating their Soweto rivals Pirates 1-0 at the FNB stadium.

However, Jonevret is optimistic about the future as he side prepare for the upcoming 2017/18 season.

“We had a ‘different’ team [at the start] and players in strange positions,” Jonevret told SuperSport TV channel.

“But when we started changing players in the second half and we saw a few of the new guys.

“We created two or three really big chances and with a little bit of luck we could have scored,” he continued.

“Overall we are disappointed, but we have to try to look forward.

The Swedish tactician was pleased to see Bucs’ two new signings Thamsanqa Sangweni and Musa Nyatama making their debuts for the club.

“The two new boys showed they want to get in and play good football. I hope for a bright future for Pirates,” he concluded.



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Friendly: Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 Orlando Pirates – As It Happened – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


Patrick Phungwayo of Orlando Pirates challenged by Gustavo Paez

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Austin Ditlhobolo

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 17:28


Congratulations to Kaizer Chiefs, who have successfully defended the Carling Black Label Champion Cup – winning the trophy for the third time.

Team line-ups:

Chiefs XI: Khune, Mphahlele, Mathoho, Gordinho, Masilela, Ekstein, Katsande, Maluleka, Lebese, Paez, Parker.

Pirates XI: Mpontshane, Matlaba, Jele, Gcaba, Phungwayo, Makola, Manyisa, Sarr, Memela, Gabuza, Ndoro.

Commentary:

FULL-TIME: Chiefs 1-0 Pirates.

90′ – The fourth official has added five minutes as Pirates press Chiefs in stoppage time.

87′ – Chiefs sub: Malope IN, Ekstein OUT.

85′ – Chiefs sub: Cardoso IN, Paez OUT.

80′ – GREAT SAVE! Chiefs keeper Khune denies Morrison and Gcaba’s effort hits the crossbar with the shot-stopper beaten.

75′ – Pirates sub: Nkosi IN, Makola OUT.

72′ – Chiefs sub: Twala IN, Parker OUT.

70′ – Pirates are still struggling to penetrate the Amakhosi defence as Makola’s effort from range is easily saved by Chiefs captain and keeper Khune.

65′ – Pirates subs: Morrison IN, Gabuza OUT and Mobara IN, Manyisa OUT.

58′ – Pirates subs: Nyatama IN, Ndoro OUT and Kutumela IN, Memela OUT.

55′ – CHANCE! Chiefs striker Paez has a chance to shoot at goal, but his effort goes straight into Pirates keeper Mpontshane’s hands.

53′ – Chiefs sub: Moon IN, Molangoane OUT. Pirates sub: Sangweni IN, Sarr OUT.

50′ – Play is stopped as Chiefs duo Paez and Mphahlele are down injured after colliding.

46′ – The second-half is underway.

HALF-TIME: Chiefs 1-0 Pirates

45′ – The fourth official has added two minutes as Chiefs midfielder Maluleka’s effort hits the upright.

40′ – Chiefs are still leading 1-0 as we enter the last five minutes of the first-half.

35′ – Chiefs midfielder Ekstein’s through pass goes out for a Pirates goal-kick as Amakhosi look to double their lead.

30′ – Pirates keeper Mpontshane comes out to punch away Chiefs midfielder Maluleka‘s effort from a free-kick.

25′ – It remains 1-0 to Chiefs as we approach the half-hour mark.

20′ – Pirates are pushing forward in numbers as they look to restore parity against Chiefs.

15′ – Pirates striker Gabuza goes down in the Chiefs box following a challenge from Chiefs defender Gordinho, but the referee waves play on.

10′ – Chiefs have been the better side thus far as Mpontshane denied Gordinho and Parker in the first eight minutes of the game. But Parker broke the deadlock with a great finish.

9′ – GOAL! Chiefs 1-0 Pirates. Parker fires home Paez’s low cross.

5′ – Chiefs defender Gordinho makes a great tackle to stop Pirates striker Ndoro in the box.

1′ – The match is undeway.



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CONFIRMED: ‘Micho’ quits Cranes post amid Orlando Pirates rumours – ABSA Premiership 2017/18


Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic

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Bertin Basson

Saturday Jul 29, 2017. 13:00


Milutin Sredojevic has this morning confirmed that he has quit his post as head coach of the Uganda national team.

In a press conference called earlier today, the Serbia national revealed that his contract with the Uganda Football Association (FUFA) had been terminated with immediate effect.

This will add fuel to the rumours suggesting that the 47-year-old will make a return to Premier Soccer League (PSL) club Orlando Pirates, with the Serbia international strongly linked with the position despite Kjell Jonevret taking over the Buccaneers reins but a few months ago.

‘Micho’ achieved great success in his four years in charge of the Cranes – notable leading the country to their first Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in 38 years.

Zamalek have also emerged as a possible destination for the former Rwanda head coach following the sacking of Augusto Inacio. Moreover, former Polokwane City boss Luc Eymael has been linked with the now vacant Cranes post.



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Orlando Pirates sign Nigerian striker Obiozor – ABSA Premiership 2016/17


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Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Jul 17, 2017. 10:00


South African Premier Soccer League (PSL) have beefed up their squad with the signing of Nigerian centre forward Christain Obiozor

The towering striker has been on the books of Nigerian Professsional Football League (NPFL) giants Enyimba FC and has since secured a move to South Africa.

The Buccaneers announcement his signing on their official website as they prepared for the upcoming 2017/18 campaign.

A club statement read: “Orlando Pirates Football Club would like to confirm the signing of Christian Obiozor.

“22-year-old joins to bolster the Buccaneers frontline ahead of the start of the 2017/18 season.

“Obiozor who hails from Emene in Nigeria played for the likes of Kano Pillars and more recently, two-time CAF Champions League winners Enyimba.

“Standing at 1.9m tall, Obiozor is well built for his primary role as striker but is also capable of playing on the flanks.

“He was part of the Super Eagles team that finished third at the African Nations Championship held in South Africa in 2014.

“He scored the winning goal in the third-fourth playoff against Zimbabwe in the competition.”

Obiozor, who was linked with South African giants Mamelodi Sundowns, has joined his countrymen James Okwuosa and Emmanuel Daniel at Pirates.

However, Okwuosa is known to be on the radar of his former club, Chippa United, who have already confirmed that they want to re-sign him from Bucs.



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