The Buccaneers controlled much of the first half but struggled to create further clear-cut chances to add to their advantage, with Phunya Sele Sele working hard to hold the hosts at bay and keep themselves in the contest. And the Bloemfontein side was rewarded with a goal out of nowhere in the 39th minute, as a free kick picked out Mahashe, whose initial touch put the ball up in the air and drew Wayne Sandilands off his line – the defender then sent a looping header over the goalkeeper to make it 1-1. The teams were level at the break, but Pirates needed just 11 minutes of the second stanza to reclaim the ascendancy.
The Malawi international's absence was not felt by the team as his replacement Zakhele Lepasa was on the scoresheet with Thembinkosi Lorch and Vincent Pule scoring the other goals. Davids will pin the team's hopes of securing a win over Celtic on Lorch after the Bafana Bafana international scored and grabbed an assist against Chiefs and he has the ability to inspire Pirates to a win. Match Preview Celtic are winless in their last three matches across all competitions having registered two draws and one defeat. However, the Free State giants are enjoying a nine-match unbeaten run at home in the league - recording five draws and four wins. While Pirates are undefeated in their last seven matches across all competitions having registered five wins and two draws. The Soweto giants are also unbeaten in their last two away games in the league - recording one draw and one victory.
Phunya Sele Sele finally found the killer touch to equalise in the 39th minute. A looping pass over the top forced Wayne Sandilands to come off his line, but Mzwanele Mahashe got there before the Pirates shot-stopper to head in to the net. Celtic were having their hands full trying to deal with wave after wave of attack from Pirates, who retook the lead in the 55th minute. Mulenga whipped in a corner from the right-hand side and Innocent Maela found himself completely unmarked in the box before heading home. Phunya Sele Sele were trying their utmost to get back in to the game and Tebogo Potsane tried his luck from range in the 70th minute and although he connected well with his strike, it was straight at Sandilands. In the 75th minute, Menzi Masuku played Ronald Pfumbidzai in to space in the box, who let fly with a left-footed effort towards the bottom left-hand corner, which was brilliantly turned around the post by Sandilands.
Bucs will be without their coach Josef Zinnbauer and his assistant Fadlu Davids has been tasked with guiding the team to its maiden win of the season in the league having drawn their first two games in the competition. TV Channel, Live Score & How To Watch The game will be shown live on SuperSport TV. Squads & Team News BackpagePix Celtic could be without Jackson Mabokgwane with the former Pirates goalkeeper having been substituted against SuperSport after sustaining an injury.
Orlando Pirates vs Bloemfontein CelticOrlando Pirates defeated Bloemfontein Celtic 3-1 at Orlando Stadium on Saturday to get their 2019/20 Absa Premiership campaign off to a winning start. The Buccaneers secured all three points thanks to strikes from Augustine Mulenga, Innocent Maela and debutant Frank Mhango, while Phunya Sele Sele’s consolation goal came from Mzwanele Mahashe. Pirates got off to a flyer and claimed the lead as early as the sixth minute: Musa Nyatama played a beautiful pass from midfield to pick out a great run from Augustine Mulenga: the Zambian forward controlled the ball and provided a composed finish past goalkeeper Sipho Chaine to make it 1-0. That was not the only early blow suffered by Celtic, as experienced defender Wandisile Letlabika picked up an injury and was replaced by Mzwanele Mahashe in the opening minutes.
The teams were level at the break, but Pirates needed just 11 minutes of the second stanza to reclaim the ascendancy. A corner kick found Innocent Maela unmarked in the box and he powered a header into the back of the net to put Bucs 2-1 up. Celtic very nearly struck back for a second time through Menzi Masuku, who got away a low shot from the left of the penalty area in the 75th minute but Sandilands made an excellent finger-tip save to push the ball just past his far post. Yet any hope the away side had of a comeback was taken away in the 78th minute when former Celtic man Frank Mhango chased down a defender, stole possession and swept a shot past Chaine to make it 3-1 and seal the victory for Pirates. Celtic will be back in league action next Sunday, August 11, when they host Golden Arrows, while Pirates’ next PSL encounter will be away to SuperSport United on Wednesday, August 14.
PSL fixtures: Orlando Pirates v Bloemfontein Celtic preview Orlando Pirates will want to continue with the impressive form they found Celtic preview – Head to head, teams, kick off and live
The Sea Robbers managed to withstand a lot of pressure from Celtic and go up the other end to deliver a sucker-punch. Vincent Pule flicked on a long ball in to the path of debutant Gabadinho Mhango, who was one-on-one with the keeper and fired the ball in to the back of the net in the 75th minute. Masuku then came close twice in quick succession, first with a stinging long-range drive that skimmed the crossbar and then with a snapshot which brought another good save out of Sandilands diving to his right. Having had to weather a late onslaught from Celtic, the Soweto giants claimed the three points. Here's how they lined up: Pirates: 30.
Maduka has a good replacement in Sipho Chaine, who replaced Mabokgwane and the 23-year-old caught the eye in the bio-bubble as the first-choice keeper. Ndumiso Mabena is the dangerman for Phunya Sele Sele with the former Pirates striker having found the back of the net against SuperSport and he will be looking to haunt Bucs by leading Celtic to a win. Backpagepix Meanwhile, Pirates have been sweating over the fitness of their key striker Frank Mhango, who missed the Soweto Derby clash against Chiefs due to an injury.
The Buccaneers controlled much of the first half but struggled to create further clear-cut chances to add to their advantage, with Phunya Sele Sele working hard to hold the hosts at bay and keep themselves in the contest. And the Bloemfontein side was rewarded with a goal out of nowhere in the 39th minute, as a free kick picked out Mahashe, whose initial touch put the ball up in the air and drew Wayne Sandilands off his line – the defender then sent a looping header over the goalkeeper to make it 1-1.
Pirates took the lead in the fifth minute. Musa Nyatama played a through ball to release Augustine Mulenga clear on goal, who slotted the ball calmly past the goalkeeper. The Buccaneers came close to doubling their lead in the 20th minute after a neat chip to the near post found Luvuyo Memela, but he headed just wide. Alfred Ndengane came to the home side's rescue soon afterwards, making a good block to deny Celtic from a corner. The visitors were making inroads, but lacked the necessary penetration.
Gabadinho Mhango - Wikipedia Hellings Frank "Gabadinho" Mhango (born 27 September 1992) is a Malawian international footballer who plays for South African club AmaZulu and the