Orlando Pirates continues their unbeaten run in the Dstv Premiership as they picked up another three points against Maritzburg United beating them 2-1 at Orlando stadium. Pirates were clinical on goal as they found the net twice thanks to goals from Monnapule Saleng and Terrence Dzukamanja. Pirates assistant coach Sergio Almenara has alluded to the fact that as much as his team won, there were moments when they could have done better.
“We had difficulties in the first half on the positioning of the players offensively and defensively. We tried to fix it in the half time break and from there I think the team improved. They needed to be more organized and from there the possibility of the second goal came from a set piece. The first half also we think that we had half chances. We were expecting to do more but In my opinion the performance is okay, but we still need to improve,” Almenara said post-match.
Orlando Pirates enjoyed most of the possession in the game with 56 percent overall, having Miguel Timm and Ndabayithethwa Ndlondlo in the middle of the park provided dividend, which allowed Monnapule Saleng a free role to attack the Maritzburg united defense.
Having managed 11 goal attempts on goal and 5 shots on target, Pirates had plenty of chances to extend their score line. Ndlondlo had his shot hit the left post in the 75th minute that left Maritzburg goalkeeper for dead. However, the Buccaneers still walked away with the win.
Pirates have set the tone for the Soweto derby as they plan to avenge their rivals. Pirates lost their last encounter against Chiefs when Amakhosi walked away with a 1-0-win courtesy to a stunner from Yusuf Maart.
However, Pirates have managed to win 7 games after their last Soweto derby, while Chiefs have been struggling to secure a winning pattern only having won 3 games. Pirates look the stronger side going in the clash, despite the fact that form tends to go out the window when it comes to the Soweto derby. Based on current form, the Buccaneers supporters will be fully confident that their beloved Pirates will do the job on the day.