TUKS SHOCK PIRATES
By: Lungelo Ngcamu
University of Pretoria turned tables in the late minutes as they snatched three points with a 1-0 win over Orlando Pirates at Mbombela Stadium on Saturday.
Pirates started the game with a high note as they enjoyed much ball possession in the first half. Helder Pelembe failed a clear chance after a free kick taken by Oupa Manyisa. Pirates kept playing well which led Tuks to commit fouls more especial from the backline department, which led Junior Sibande, Buhle Mkhwanazi, Lucky Mathosi and Grant Kekana to get themselves yellow cards from referee Victor Hlongwane.
The Buccaneers controlled the entire game even though Tuks defence was well organised to deal with the dangerous moves from Pirates forces. Pirates took a game to Tuks but they found it difficult to destroy that tough wall built by Mkwanazi and Syabonga Shoyisa.
Tuks came here to park the bus at the back then play long balls to catch Pirates from counters, and that worked for them since even their winning goal came from that strategy.
Tuks coach Steve Barker was forced to make a substitution after Syabonga Ngubane got injured; his position was taken by Lucky Mathosi. Joseph Malingoane’s addition in action in the 55th minute which added a big pressure to Tuks since they were playing half ground most of the time. Pirates coach, Eric Tinkler introduced attacking players as to show he wants to win the game.
In the 68th minute, both teams made substitutions, Sfiso Myeni made a way for Kermit Erasmus while Raymond Monama was substituted by Mpho Moruping. Erasmus and Lennox Bacela who came on for Pelembe showed a good combination but Tuks defence did their homework very well to stop build ups of Bucs.
The visitors kept pushing forward as to find the back of the net but since Manyisa sent a lot of range shots to Washington Arubi. Tuks goalkeeper did very well to deny goals.
Thabo Mosadi scored a winning goal for Tuks in the 84th minute after a through ball from Arubi. Pirates tried to push hard but Tuks were behind the ball to protect that goal. Ntsikelelo Nyawuza failed to score from well taken corner by Erasmus in the 90th minute.
Tinkler was disappointed to lose the game. “I was so disappointed to lose game, after ruling the ball possession. I knew Tuks would park the bus then wait for and catch in counters,” said Tinker.
“Well done to my boys they did very well, by not allowing Bucs to play ball from behind them and keep working on my tactics,” said Barker. Tuks remain in the 10th position with 26 points.
Meanwhile Ajax Cape Town and Free State Stars played to a one all draw in Goble Park.