South African football saw Sundowns and Orlando Pirates lock horns
Orlando Pirates had a year and a half to forget in 2016/2017; suffering two 6-1 and 6-0 defeat at the hands of the Pretorea teams in Sundowns and Supersport United respectively. Chopping and changing coaches did not help their course either during the season. But the Buccaneers started 2018 on the best foot possible scoring 6 goals in two games. A team that hardly scored two goals in a match in 2017 this was their best achievement, however the sweetest moment came on Saturday when they had a tricky encounter with a team that terrorized them twice last year.
The former African Champions have had unfavorable results against Polokwane City during the week.
Many expected them to come out firing on all cylinders on Saturday but Orlando Pirates had a surprise in store for Sundowns in Luvuyo Memela. Known to play out wide Luvuyo kept drifting inside which made him hard to track his movements for Sundowns defense. He topped his man of the match performance with a contender for the goal of year award strike. The revived Luvuyo made himself nonsense for pace less Sundowns defenders who committed countless mistakes in this game.
The score ended 3-1 in favor of Orlando Pirates; much to the delight of the travelling fans who got in the face of their former captain now a Sundowns player in Oapa Manyisa. Placards filled with the latest South African phrase “Yena Aya kwini” meaning “why did he go there”. According to the Orlando Pirates coach Micho the win is dedicated to the fans who suffered near heart attacks last year due to poor performances by the Ghosts.
The two Soweto Giants in Chiefs and Pirates have had the worst run of form lately; leaving both coaches under fire from fans. Chiefs defeated giant killers Polokwane City 2-1 in a late night game. With Sundowns topping the log and the two giants in pursuit, the Absa Premiership sets for the photo finish.