Orlando Pirates moved up to third place on the DStv Premiership table coming from behind to secure a 2-1 victory over Baroka FC at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Josef Zinnabuer named Happy Jele, Ntsikelelo Nyauza, Thembinkosi Lorch, Ben Motshwari and Deon Hotto in his starting lineup, with Thulani Hlatshwayo on the bench.
Bakgaga should have taken the lead in the 10th minute after Evidence Makgopa was played through on goal, but Wayne Sandilands well denied the attacker.
The Soweto giants dominated proceedings from thereon and came close to breaking the deadlock in the 25th minute, but Siphesihle Ndlovu fired his shot over the target.
Zinnbauer was then forced into making a substitution 10 minutes before the break as Fortune Makaringe came on to replace the injured Motshwari.
Despite Pirates’ dominance, it was Baroka who took the lead on the stroke of half time when Denwin Farmer capitalised on a loose ball from a free kick past Sandilands after Pirates failed to clear their lines.
Baroka got the opening goal on the stroke of half-time courtesy of a finish from defender Denwin Farmer before the Buccaneers levelled matters moments later from a Gabadinho Mhango free kick.
Oscarine Masuluke was called into action early in the second half when he made a block to deny Mhango, who pounced on a loose ball after miscommunication in the Baroka defence.
Pirates continued to press forward as they went in search of the leading goal after the hour mark, but were struggling to hit target in the final third.
Zinnbauer made a substitution in the 72nd minute as Innocent Maela replaced Paseka Mako.
The Buccaneers eventually took the lead in the 88th minute when Terrence Dzvukamanja headed in from a pin-point cross delivered by Wayde Jooste.
However, Pirates remained solid at the back until the final whistle to move up to third in the league standings.
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