Orlando Pirates thump Black Leopards in Soweto

Tendai Ndoro
Bucs, who are placed 10th on the league table, will be hoping to climb up the log and keep up with the PSL title contenders in the second round

Premier Soccer League (PSL) giants Orlando Pirates locked horns with National First Division (NFD) side Black Leopards on Thursday.

The two sides are busy preparing for the second round of the 2016/17 campaign and they met in two friendly matches at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto.

According to the official Pirates website, the Augusto Palacios' men overcame Leopards 4-0 in the first 90-minute encounter.

Forgotten striker Thamsanqa Gabuza hit the back of the net twice for the Buccaneers, while Mpho Makola and Riyaad Norodien also netted.

In the second friendly game, Bucs continued their dominance over Lidoda Duvha with Tendai Ndoro showing his predatory instincts in front of goal.

Ndoro, who represented Zimbabwe at the ongoing 2017 Afcon finals in Gabon, grabbed a hat-trick, while Bernard Morrison and Gift Motupa also netted.

Pirates caretaker coach Palacios is pleased with the players' physical condition and attitude ahead of their first PSL game in 2016.

 “It’s not about the number of goals but rather the physical condition and the attitude of the players that we are interested in," Palacios told the Bucs official website.

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"All the players are focused and you can see it during training and when playing, we are very happy about this,” the Peruvian tactician concluded.

Bucs are scheduled to take on Platinum Stars at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg next week Wednesday as the PSL action resumes.