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Makgopa Gets Pirates Back To Winning Ways

Orlando Pirates registered their first league victory in four matches thanks to an Evidence Makgopa header against Polokwane City at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The result sees Pirates move into fourth position on the DStv Premiership with 29 points while City slipped to ninth place with 24 points – both from 18 matches.

Both sides had chances to score in the opening half but were guilty of missing chances.

Pirates had an early chance in the opening 10 minutes from Patrick Maswanganyi but he was off target.

In the 22nd minute, Oswin Appollis had a shot outside the box with his right foot but that ball went just over the bar. At the half-hour mark, there was a suspected handball by City defender Lebohang Nkaki in the box but the referee did not give a penalty.

Four minutes later Appollis was fouled and earned his side a set-piece which he took but landed it on the roof of the net.

Karim Kimvuidi had a perfect shot but was denied by the upright. Relebohile Mofokeng could have also broken the deadlock on the stroke of halftime but Manuel Sapunga tipped it out leaving the match goalless at the break.

The second half didn’t produce much goalmouth action early on with a chance coming for the Buccaneers in the 59th minute.

A promising build-up from Maswanganyi to Mofokeng and then to Makgopa amounted to nothing as the Bafana-Bafana international wasted the opportunity in the box.

Mokibelo Ramabu also had a shot in the 65th minute to put Rise and Shine ahead but it was easily saved by goakpeer Sipho Chaine.

Three minutes later the visitors won a free- kick- and this time Makgopa netted through his head to hand his side a lead and essentially the winner.

Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago
Lethabo Kganyago is currently working as a web and newspaper writer for iDiski Times. This award-winning sports journalist covers the Limpopo area and also specialises in coverage of women's football, including Banayana Banyana.