Pirates taking it easy in Premiership battle

Orlando Pirates caretaker coach Augusto Palacios says he is taking each game as it comes and is not overly concerned about league glory as yet.

“I’m taking it game by game. If you win, you can become a champion,” said the former Peruvian international.

The defending Premiership champions beat Kaizer Chiefs 3-2 in a thrilling Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday to move to second spot in the table, with 10 matches remaining in the season.

Pirates have 34 points after 20 games — six below log-leading Mamelodi Sundowns.

“My ambition is to play good football with the team,” Palacios said.

“A coach can never predict. I can’t predict [what can happen at the end of the season].”

Palacios, a former Chiefs, Sundowns and Bafana Bafana coach, went on to praise the quality of the clash, played in front of a sold-out crowd at the Nasrec venue.

“It was a good Soweto derby, with five goals,” he said.

“I’ve worked with Chiefs and know how they feel.

“The plan was to attack them using the wings, but block their fullbacks from coming forward.”

Rampant outfit
Pirates next face a rampant Sundowns outfit — who easily thwarted Ajax Cape Town with a 3-0 win at the weekend — in Pretoria on Tuesday.

The biggest challenge for Palacios so far has been lack of preparation time since taking over from suspended Julio Leal last week.

“I had one training before Santos, one more before Chiefs and I will have one again against Sundowns,” Palacios said.

“I will watch Sundowns play and use players according to the opponent.”

Chiefs, meanwhile, slipped from second to fourth in the standings after their fourth loss of the campaign.

Amakhosi coach Vladimir Vermezovic praised the performance of Buccaneers striker Benni McCarthy in the thrilling tie, while lambasting his side’s poor start.

They conceded three goals in the first 25 minutes, with McCarthy netting a brace.

“The big guy, McCarthy, did well,” Vermezovic said.

“The young guys can learn a lot from him.

“We made mistakes in the first 25 minutes and against a big team like Pirates, they will punish us.

“That was the big lesson for our young team. We will learn but we showed good character in the second half.”

Moroka Swallows, on 34 points, occupy third spot on the log after gaining a point in their 1-1 draw with AmaZulu in Dobsonville.

However, it was a disappointing result for the Birds, who could have ended the weekend in second place, had they won by more than three goals.

They threw away a first-half lead, after Siyabonga Nomvethe found the back of the net, with a lacklustre second stanza, as Goodman Dlamini equalised for the visitors.

“I was happy in the first half. Maybe we could have been three goals up,” said Swallows coach Gordon Igesund.

“For us, it’s two points lost, really, but that is football for you.

“I’m glad that other results went with us, and we have made the jump to third.”

In Saturday’s other match, league strugglers Jomo Cosmos held SuperSport United to a 0-0 draw in Polokwane. — Sapa

Sisa Majola
Sisa Majola works from South Coast. . Jolinkomo...#South Coast ambassador. Son of a slave, heart of a King. Sisa Majola has over 3042 followers on Twitter.

Mabuza’s ‘distant relative’ scored big

Eskom’s woes are often because of boiler problems at its power plants. R50-billion has been set aside to fix them, but some of the contracts are going to questionable entities

ANC faction gunning for Gordhan

The ambush will take place at an NEC meeting about Eskom. But the real target is Cyril Ramaphosa

What the law could clarify this year

Lawfare: Major developments are on the cards where law and politics meet, including the first amendment to South Africa’s Bill of Rights

The secret ‘Warmonger’ at the SSA

A listening device acquired by the agency is at the centre of an alleged R600-million fraud operation

Press Releases

New-style star accretion bursts dazzle astronomers

Associate Professor James O Chibueze and Dr SP van den Heever are part of an international team of astronomers studying the G358-MM1 high-mass protostar.

2020 risk outlook: Use GRC to build resilience

GRC activities can be used profitably to develop an integrated risk picture and response, says ContinuitySA.

MTN voted best mobile network

An independent report found MTN to be the best mobile network in SA in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Is your tertiary institution is accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

Is your tertiary institution accredited?

Rosebank College is an educational brand of The Independent Institute of Education, which is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training.

VUT chancellor, Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi, dies

The university conferred the degree of Doctor of Science Honoris Causa on Dr Xolani Mkhwanazi for his outstanding leadership contributions to maths and science education development.

Innovate4AMR now in second year

SA's Team pill-Alert aims to tackle antimicrobial resistance by implementing their strategic intervention that ensures patients comply with treatment.

Medical students present solution in Geneva

Kapil Narain and Mohamed Hoosen Suleman were selected to present their strategic intervention to tackle antimicrobial resistance to an international panel of experts.