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Orlando Pirates: Sandilands, Nyauza, Maela, Jooste, Mako, Motshwari, Makaringe, Lorch, Hotto, Pule, Mhango. Subs: Mpontshane, Jele, Mntambo, Zungu, Monare, Ndlovu, Muwowo, Dzvukamanja, Mundele.
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TTM: Arubi, Lukhubeni, Ndengane, Ravhuhali, Thangwane, Maphangule, Ngema, Thopola, Rakhale, Manaka, Nevhulamba. Subs: Mhlongo, Malongoane, Timm, Mabotja, Mphambaniso, Nonyane, Mnyamane, Mudau, Ndlondlo.
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TTM FC have been plagued by administrative issues and the loss of former Orlando Pirates striker Justin Shonga to Cape Town City. Nevertheless, they haven't fared too badly on the field of play and currently sit in 11th place.
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Pirates started the season well, but a defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns and a draw to Swallows FC have put them in a difficult position. Josef Zinnbauer's men desperately need their first win of 2021 as they look to stay in the title race.
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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of this DStv Premiership clash between TTM FC and Orlando Pirates at Thohoyandou Stadium.
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KICK-OFF! TTM FC get the match underway in Thohoyandou.
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Jooste bombs down Pirates' right and delivers a dangerous ball into the area, but there's nobody to apply the finishing touch.
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Nevhulamba goes for goal at the other end, but the result is nothing more than a Sandilands goal-kick.
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Jooste delivers another dangerous cross from Pirates' right, but Pule can't steer his header on target.
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Jooste continues to pose problems for TTM. Pule dives in at the near post. He claims it came off Thangwane and went behind, but the decision is goal-kick.
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Pirates are looking dangerous early on, and every time TTM get forward, the Buccaneers hit them on the counter.
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TTM fail to clear Hotto's delivery from a free-kick, but then again, Pirates fail to get a shot away in the immediate aftermath.
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Hotto wins a free-kick off Manaka. Pule goes for goal, but that's a wayward strike.
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GOAL, PIRATES, HOTTO! 0-1: Again, Pirates wreak havoc on their right side. It's not Jooste this time -- Pule wins the ball off Maphangule and squares. Hotto sees his initial shot blocked, but eventually fires home!
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Hotto is teed up on the edge of the box, but this time, he skies his shot. Well off target.
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Nevhulamba is slipped through and smashes the post, but the flag was up for offside in any case.
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Ravhuhali is down and looks as if he is in serious pain following a challenge from Makaringe.
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Makaringe avoids a booking from referee Luxolo Badi. Ravhuhali looks ok to continue for the moment.
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Thopola goes for goal from long range against his old club, but misses the target.
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Makaringe meets Lorch's delivery with his head, but misses the target. Nyauza could also have given that a go had the ball come as far as him.
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CHANCE! Rakhale is played in behind and times his run perfectly, lobbing the ball over Sandilands, but hitting the crossbar!
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Mhango is down and receiving treatment after a strong challenge from Thangwane.
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Mhango is back on his feet. In the meantime, play continues in his absence.
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Nevhulamba goes for goal from distance. That's off target and no trouble for Sandilands.
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GOAL, PIRATES, MHANGO! 0-2: Pule slips Mhango through and the Malawian striker finishes effortlessly with a left-footed first-time stroke into the bottom corner!
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Pule plays a wonderful pass through the air to Hotto, who squares, but Thangwane slides in to make another vital intervention.
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Ravhuhali puts in a cynical-looking challenge on Jooste from behind, but avoids a yellow card. Nothing more than a foul is given.
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HALF-TIME: TTM FC 0-2 ORLANDO PIRATES. Pirates go into the break two up thanks to goals from Hotto and Mhango. They have been in cruise control so far and Joel Masutha has a tough task on his hands as he looks to get TTM back into this game.
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Into two minutes of stoppage time we go. Maphangule goes for goal on the edge of the box, but Sandilands does well to hold on.
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Pule races after a ball played in behind, but Arubi gets on the end of it just before he can. If Pule did get a little tough, it wasn't enough to take it round the 'keeper.
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Ndlondlo is on for TTM FC in place of Maphangule, who had a poor first half. Mhango kicks off the second for Orlando Pirates.
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Lorch receives the cut-back from Mako on Pirates' left and crosses for Pule, who fails to head cleanly. Off target.
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A mix-up at the back sees Pirates concede a corner. Sandilands tipped the ball onto the post and then Maela dived in and put it behind as the goalkeeper rushed towards the ball. Nothing comes of the corner though.
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Pirates look to hit TTM on the counter, but Mhango's pass doesn't find Hotto and it comes to nothing.
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Malongoane comes on for TTM as Thopola makes way.
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Ndengane goes into the book, picking up a yellow card.
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On comes Muwowo for Pirates as Hotto leaves the field of play. The Namibia international has earned his rest, having scored the opener today.
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GOAL, PIRATES, MAKARINGE! 0-3: Mhango passes to Lorch, who lays it off. A long-range stunner from Makaringe nestles in the bottom corner and Pirates have all but sealed the three points!
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Ngema goes for goal, looking to pull one back, but blasts his shot off target from close range.
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Lukhubeni wins a free-kick, which is taken quickly. Ngema crosses in from the right, but Jooste heads clear.
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Jooste picks the run of Lorch out with a glorious pass, but Lorch hits the side-netting. That will be his last contribution as Mntambo comes on. Meanwhile, Motshwari is replaced by Monare and Jele comes on for Mako.
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Once again, Ngema's cross finds Jooste, who chests to Sandilands.
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Mabotja comes on in place of Ravhuhali for TTM FC.
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Manaka goes for goal from long range. It's a decent strike, but goes over. It looked like Sandilands might have got a touch.
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Pule has a go at goal from long range, but his shot swerves off target.
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Ndlondlo goes for goal from a free-kick, but hits it straight into the wall. Jele rushes out to smother the second attempt. Good work from Pirates.
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On comes Zungu for Pirates in place of Makaringe in a late Buccaneers substitution.
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Pule looks to go round the outside of Thangwane, who lunges in and commits the foul.
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We are into four minutes of stoppage time at the end of this match. Rakhale goes for goal, but misses the target.
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FULL-TIME: TTM 0-3 ORLANDO PIRATES. Makaringe's second half stunner added to earlier goals from Hotto and Mhango. Pirates are back to winning ways, while TTM need to go back to the drawing board to avoid ending up in a relegation scrap.
TTM FC
Orlando Pirates
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Goal Scorers
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16' Hotto Kave...
39' Mhango Gab...
65' Makaringe ...
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Squad
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Arubi Washi...
Thabang Tho...
Alfred Nden...
Ravhuhali N...
Lukhubeni N...
Rakhale Thabo
Ngema Celim...
Thangwane T...
Diala Manak...
Maphangule ...
Nevhulamba ...
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Sandilands ...
Nyauza Ntsi...
Maela Innocent
Mako Paseka
Hotto Kaven...
Jooste Wayde
Motshwari Ben
Makaringe F...
Vincent Pul...
Lorch Themb...
Mhango Gaba...
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Mhlongo Bri...
Ndlondlo Nd...
Nonyane Leh...
Mabotja Leb...
S. Mudau
Mphambaniso...
Malongoane ...
Timm Miguel
Mnyamane Thabo
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Mntambo Ona...
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Muwowo Austin
Dzvukamanja...
Monare Thabang
Jele Happy
J. Makusu
Zungu Nkanyiso
Ndlovu Siph...