The University of Pretoria broke Orlando Pirates’s newly-found winning streak since the departure of Roger De Sa, who has joined Ajax Cape Town, on Saturday with a 1-0 Absa premiership victory. Former Kaizer Chiefs coach Vladimir Vermezovic suffered the worst possible start as Bucs boss as Tuks’s Thabo Mosadi’s 84th minute goal sunk the Pirates ship.
Vermezovic had finally been cleared to take charge of the Sea Robbers, who dominated the match, keeping possession of the ball, and although it was hard for AmaTuks, but Mosadi’s late winner shocked the visitors and the home team secured all three points.
The Buccaneers came out blazing with fire, knocking at AmaTuks’s door with the likes of Helder Pelembe, Thabo Matlaba and Khethokwakhe Masuku trying their luck, but none were able to go past Tuks goalkeeper Washington Arubi.
As the match progressed, Tuks seemed to be finding their way but still found it difficult to break the Orlando Pirates wall at the back as the visitors continued to display a rather solid defence. Pirates had the better opportunities to take the lead in the first half, especially when Oupa Manyisa struck a thunderous shot following a pull-back to the edge of the area. Pirates were caught off-guard when the home side had a chance of their own at the other end of the field. Tuks shocked even the home crowd as Mosadi slotted home one of the few opportunities for the home outfit. That lone goal was enough to see out the positive result, securing Steven Barker’s men a crucial three points, which moves them up to tenth position on the log.