- Sipesihle Ndlovu scored Orlando Pirates' winning goal in their DStv Premiership match against Bloemfontein Celtic last night
- 24-year-old Ndlovu came off the bench to score his first goal in a Pirates jersey
- The young Ndlovu, with the help of Paseko Mako, managed to score in the 78th minute of the match
Sipesihle Ndlovu helped Orlando Pirates secure their first DStv Premiership win last night. The 24-year-old scored a 78th-minute goal against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Petrus Molemela Stadium.
This was Ndlovu's first goal in the Pirates jersey. The goal created a 1-0 winning difference between the two teams and pushed the Bucs to the top of the DStv Premiership log. Paseko Mako worked the Celtic defence before playing to Ndlovu.
Pirates were also dealt two potential injury blows in the game with Thembinkosi Lorch and Terrence Dzvukamanja unable to complete the game.
Times Live reported that the game appeared to be destined to end in a dull draw until Ndlovu came off the bench. While IOL reported that interim coach, Fadlu Davids, said that once changes were made to his team they were able to take control and deserved their victory.
Take a look at some of the fans' responses below:
@VusiNkabinde8 responded with:
"Ndlovu has proven that he is the match-winner."
"Ndlovu was our best player towards the end of the season, tonight he's won the game for us. Y'all put some respect on his name."
This win comes as great news to the Bucs, who are currently without their head coach, Josef Zinnbauer. Briefly.co.za recently reported that there was still uncertainty surrounding his return. Zinnbauer hastily jumped on a flight back to Germany due to a family emergency.
Floyd Mbele, Orlando Pirates' administrative manager, confirmed that the club had been aware of Zinnbauer's family crisis for over a week but there was still uncertainty. Mbele added that Zinnbauer's return rests solely on him honouring his contract.
In the meantime, assistant coach Fadlu Davids has been leading the Buccaneers. Davids took charge of the team when they went up against Bloemfontein Celtic last night.
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