ORLANDO Pirates returned to winning ways following a 3-0 thrashing of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a DStv Premiership match at Thohoyandou Stadium yesterday.

The win has moved Bucs into fourth spot on the league table on 17 points from 10 games, while TTM remains in 12th position on nine points from the same number of games.

Pirates have now improved their record on the road having grabbed just three victories in nine matches. The Soweto giants had dropped crucial points in their past two games having lost 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns and drew 1-1 with Swallows FC in their last game at the weekend.   

Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer made three changes to his starting line-up that played against Swallows FC with left-back Innocent Maela getting the nod in the absence of Bucs captain Thulani Hlatshwayo due to suspension.

Vincent Pule returned to the side in place of Thabang Monare after he recovered from injury.

The German born mentor opted for Gabadinho Mhango upfront ahead of Terrence Dzvukamanja who struggled to make an impact against The Birds. Ntsikelelo Nyauza was given the captain’s armband.

His counterpart, Joel Masutha also made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Cape Town City in a bid to end their winless run having drawn four times and lost once at home.

He preferred Ndivhuwo Ravhulahi in defence in place of Lebogang Mabotja, with Diamond Thopola starting ahead of Joseph Molangoane and Thembisani Nevhulamba lead the attack in place of Rhulani Manzini.

Pirates started the game like a house on fire putting TTM defence lead by their former player Alfred Ndengane under severe pressure in a bid to grab an early goal.

Their efforts were rewarded in the 15th minutes when striker Deon Hotto broke the ice with an easy tap-in from rebound following a blunder by Meshack Maphangule who was dispossessed by Pule.  

Pirates defence was almost caught off-guard in the 37th minute when TTM midfielder Thabo Rakhale shaved the crossbar after he lobbed the ball over a bemused Wayne Sandilands.

Mhango gave Bucs a cushion in the 39th minutes with a low shot that went under goalkeeper Washington Arubi’s armpit after he received a great pass from Thembinkosi Lorch inside the penalty box. 

Bucs midfielder Fortune Makaringe put matters beyond TTM’s reach in the 64th minutes to ensure their fans are happy again.

Pirates will now meet another Venda side Black Leopards at the same venue on Sunday (3.30pm)By SUNSPORT REPORTER

ORLANDO Pirates returned to winning ways following a 3-0 thrashing of Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila (TTM) in a DStv Premiership match at Thohoyandou Stadium yesterday.

The win has moved Bucs into fourth spot on the league table on 17 points from 10 games, while TTM remain in 12th position on nine points from the same number of games.

Pirates have now improved their record on the road having grabbed just three victories in nine matches. The Soweto giants had dropped crucial points in their past two games having lost 1-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns and drew 1-1 with Swallows FC in their last game at the weekend.   

Pirates coach Josef Zinnbauer made three changes to his starting line-up that played against Swallows FC with leftback Innocent Maela getting the nod in the absence of Bucs captain Thulani Hlatshwayo due to suspension.

Vincent Pule returned to the side in place of Thabang Monare after he recovered from injury.

The German born mentor opted for Gabadinho Mhango upfront ahead of Terrence Dzvukamanja who struggled to make an impact against The Birds. Ntsikelelo Nyauza was given the captain’s armband.

His counterpart, Joel Masutha also made three changes to the side that drew 2-2 with Cape Town City in a bid to end their winless run having drawn four times and lost once at home. He preferred Ndivhuwo Ravhulahi in defence in place of Lebogang Mabotja, with Diamond Thopola starting ahead of Joseph Molangoane and Thembisani Nevhulamba lead the attack in place of Rhulani Manzini.

Pirates started the game like a house on fire putting TTM defence lead by their former player Alfred Ndengane under severe pressure in a bid to grab an early goal.

Their effort were rewarded in the 15th minutes when striker Deon Hotto broke the ice with an easy tap-in from rebound following a blunder by Meshack Maphangule who was dispossessed the ball by Pule.  

Pirates defence was almost caught off-guard in the 37th minutes when TTM midfielder Thabo Rakhale shaved the crossbar after he lobbed the ball over a bemused Wayne Sandilands.

Mhango gave Bucs a cushion in the 39th minutes with a low shot that went under goalkeeper Washington Arubi’s armpit after he received a great pass from Thembinkosi Lorch inside the penalty box. 

Bucs midfielder Fortune Makaringe put matters beyond TTM’s reach in the 64th minutes to ensure their fans are happy again.

Pirates will now meet another Venda side Black Leopards at the same venue on Sunday (3.30pm)