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DStv Premiership Match Report: Maritzburg United Knocks Down Orlando Pirates
- Orlando Pirates were brought back down to earth by Maritzburg United in the DStv Premiership this season
- Amadou Soukouna converted an 80th-minute penalty to give the hosts the victory at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg
- The loss knocked the Buccaneers off the summit of the table, while the People's Team went up to seventh place
Orlando Pirates's stay at the top of the DStv Premiership has come to an end.
The Buccaneers were turned over by Maritzburg United 1-0 at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg.
The home team's winner came from a controversial penalty that was converted by Amadou Soukouna in the 80th minute after an alleged foul by Olisa Ndah.
The costly loss sees Pirates move down to third on the table with 11 points, while the People's Team moved up to seventh spot with nine points.
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Maritzburg United: Ndlovu, Makume, Hlongwa, Mashikinya, Theron, Sam, Moloisane, Kimvuidi, Soukouna, Njoti, Palace
Subs: Anya Derick, Ritchie, Macheke, Samu, Conco, Human, Baloyi, Van der Ross, Monomodi
Orlando Pirates: Ofori, Maela, Sibisi, Ndah, Monare, Timm, Shandu, Mako, Makaringe, Pule, Nga
Subs: Mpontshane, Peprah, Mthethwa, Xoki, Lepasa, Tlolane, Dlamini, Makgaka, Motshwari
Earlier, Marumo Gallants and Swallows FC drew 1-1 at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. Sibusiso Khumalo opened the scoring for Gallants in the 38th minute, before Mbulelo Wambi equalised for the visitors in the 65th minute.
Marumo Gallants remained in 14th place, while Swallows went up to eighth spot on the log table.
Power outage disrupts Maritzburg United vs Orlando Pirates DStv Premiership match
The DStv Premiership match between Maritzburg United and Orlando Pirates was disrupted for a short while.
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As reported by Sports Brief, the floodlights at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg went out halfway through the first half. It is believed that it might have been due to an unannounced bout of loadshedding. However, it turns out that it was a simple power outage at the venue.
The match had been deadlocked at 0-0 at the time of the incident. After a 12-minute wait, the electricity at the stadium started coming back on.