The Orlando Pirates’ performance in the DStv Premiership took a hit on Wednesday when they suffered a surprising 2-1 loss to the Cape Town Spurs. The match, held at Cape Town Stadium, marked the Spurs’ first victory of the season after a series of eight consecutive losses in the league. This unexpected outcome has raised questions about the Pirates’ performance, especially considering their recent 2-0 victory over the Spurs in the Carling Knockout Cup just two weeks prior.
A Disappointing Performance
This loss marks the fourth match that the Pirates have failed to win in the Premiership, casting serious doubts about their ability to compete with leading team Mamelodi Sundowns. The Pirates now trail behind Sundowns by 15 points, despite having played the same number of matches. The Spurs took an early lead in the third minute with a goal from Namibian defender Lubeni Haukongo and managed to double their lead in the 36th minute when Aiden Moroole broke through the Pirates’ defence.
A Glimmer of Hope
Despite their struggles, there was a glimmer of hope for the Pirates when they managed to score a goal two minutes before halftime. Bafana Bafana striker Evidence Makgopa scored his first goal for the Buccaneers, bringing some relief to the team. However, despite dominating possession (70%) and controlling most of the game in the second half, the Pirates were unable to avoid their third defeat of the season. This loss comes just ahead of the Soweto derby on November 11, adding pressure on the team as they prepare for their upcoming match against Richards Bay FC in Carling Cup last 8 tie at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday.