Saleng, Dzvukamanja Inspire Orlando Pirates To Victory Over Maritzburg UnitedSaleng, Dzvukamanja Inspire Orlando Pirates To Victory Over Maritzburg United

Saleng, Dzvukamanja Inspire Orlando Pirates To Victory Over Maritzburg United
Saleng, Dzvukamanja Inspire Orlando Pirates To Victory Over Maritzburg United

Monnapule Saleng maintained his impressive form, scoring a goal and providing an assist to help Orlando Pirates secure a 2-1 victory over Maritzburg United on Friday.

In addition to Saleng’s contribution, Terrence Dzvukamanja also found the back of the net for the Pirates. As a result of the win, the Soweto-based team climbed to third place in the league standings.

In the dying moments of the first half, Saleng broke the deadlock with a spectacular left-footed strike that caught Maritzburg United goalkeeper Ronaldo Leaner off-guard.

The Orlando Pirates winger was given enough space on the right flank to cut inside on his stronger left foot and unleash a powerful shot from just outside the box.

The goal marked Saleng’s fifth league goal of the season, demonstrating his lethal finishing ability.

Terrence Dzvukamanja extended Orlando Pirates’ lead with a superb diving header that saw him peel away from the opposition defense to meet a well-taken free-kick from Saleng.

However, the Pirates’ defensive frailties were exposed when they conceded a goal from a corner in the 85th minute.

Tumelo Njoti was able to capitalize on some poor defending from the Pirates, firing in a loose ball from the edge of the box to reduce the deficit.

Despite the absence of coach Jose Riveiro, who was serving a two-match ban and watching from the stands, the Orlando Pirates players were expected to perform at a high level.

However, Maritzburg United made things difficult for them, and the Pirates had to work hard to secure the win.

Maritzburg coach Fadlu Davids faced off against his former team, which is managed by Mandla Ncikazi, his co-coach at the Bucs last season.

Davids’ team was organized to cause frustration to the Soweto giants, with special attention given to shutting down Thembinkosi Lorch’s passing options.

Despite being on loan from the Bucs, Maritzburg player Kwame Peprah threatened to spoil their party early on, and even in the second half, forcing the opposition’s defense into multiple clearances.

The win has helped Pirates bounce back to winning ways in the PSL, and they now sit in third place on the league table with 31 points, just one point behind second-placed SuperSport United, who have played one game less.

Despite being challenged by a determined Maritzburg team, who matched them blow for blow, Pirates had to put in a lot of effort to secure the victory, with the opposition’s poor finishing being the only thing that prevented them from getting a result.




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