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Pirates As League Winners vs Title Contenders

Orlando Pirates In League Title Race

By Soccer Laduma - Mar 20, 2018 11:31 AM

The last time Orlando Pirates won the Absa Premiership title was back in the 2011/12 season under Augusto Palacios, who had taken over the coaching reigns from Julio Leal as the team's caretaker coach in the second half of the campaign, with 12 league games remaining. 

Read: Pirates Mirror 2014/15 Season Record 

It was Bucs’ second successive league title in two seasons, as the Soweto giants recorded memorable back-to-back trebles, which included league titles, in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons respectively.

It was on 19 May 2012 that Pirates secured their last league trophy to date, after winning their last game of that season 4-2 against Golden Arrows in Durban. 

The Buccaneers finished the season with 58 points, with a two-point lead ahead of second placed Moroka Swallows at the top of the standings.

Bucs’ 2011/12 Season Winning Numbers

     P

     W

     D

     L

     GF

   GA

    GD

   Pts

      30

     17

     7

     6

     39

    26

   +13

    58

While Pirates’ head coach, Milutin Sredojevic, is trying to avoid talking about the team challenging for the league title this season, results suggest otherwise as Bucs are up there with Mamelodi Sundowns at the summit of the PSL log.

Current log standings for Pirates and Sundowns

  Team

  P

  W

   D

  L

  GF

  GA

  GD

  Pts

  Sundowns

  23

  13

  4

  6

  37

  20

  17

  43

  Pirates

  24

  11

  9

  4

  31

  22

  9

  42

With 18 points still to play for in their remaining six games of the season, Sredojevic’s side could finish the campaign on 60 points, if they win all their games.

Read: Referee Admits To Making An Error, Red Card Rescinded 

Pirates’ remaining fixtures of the 2017/18 season

  Fixture  

  Date  

  Venue

  Time

 Pirates v Celtic

  04 April   

  Orlando

  19h30

 SuperSport v Pirates  

  07 April

  Mbombela

  18h00

 AmaZulu v Pirates

  15 April

 King Zwelithini

  15h00

 Pirates v Wits

  25 April

  Orlando

  19h00

 Cape Town City v Pirates

  28 April

  Cape Town

  15h00

 Pirates v Free State Stars

  12 May

  Orlando

  15h00

Depending on Downs’ results, and the results of other title-chasing teams like Maritzburg United, Free State Stars, Kaizer Chiefs and Cape Town City, Sredojevic could be the coach to finally deliver the league title to the Soweto giants after six years. 


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mabotoane wa Le Downs Joined: 22 Nov 2017
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mabotoane wa Le Downs Mar 24, 2018 09:13 PM
They are dreaming these rats
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Theemba M Joined: 05 Jan 2018
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Theemba M Mar 22, 2018 11:14 AM
Remaining games for us are tough but we must beat the best in order to be best
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Vusi Mdaweni Joined: 10 Oct 2015
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Vusi Mdaweni Mar 22, 2018 09:39 AM
Good luck Bucs i believe league title is done and dusted .congratulations to Pitso
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chimanyiwat466@gmail.com Mar 22, 2018 08:10 AM
This is soccer gents lets waot and see coz i seePitso blaming the championship league involmentwen Pirates wins this one
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nhlaks tsh Mar 21, 2018 10:22 PM
Sundwons will win the league if Pitso doesnt falter. If he falters Micho needs to make sure that he delivers the title home. I would like to ask those who lambasted me when I said Mobara was a mistake signing & is not Pirates material. Liking a player is one thing & whether he fits into the teams set up & style of play is another thing. Im glad the we are reaching the end of the season & clearly you can which players the coach will retain. He can retain Mobara next season but only as cover up when others players are injured. Happy People 4life
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karjean Mar 21, 2018 05:25 PM
Pirates games ar very tough let us be honest sundowns wl win the lig...bucs wl be no.2 & thats a huge improvement considering the position they were occupying last year
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Ntsunda11 Mar 21, 2018 02:04 PM
This is a very interesting season
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Matt93 Joined: 07 Apr 2015
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Matt93 Mar 20, 2018 02:34 PM
Sundowns will lose to Chippa then PSL will afford 3 points to pirates which will make them 2 points ahead of Signdowns.
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Gaijinguyy Mar 20, 2018 02:01 PM
This season title race will go down to the wire, however The Mighty Bucs will edge Sundowns to take the League
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scoreman99 Mar 20, 2018 01:42 PM
stranded zebbies drew 12 games competing healthy for 8 finish gaoswane xem
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scoreman99 Mar 20, 2018 01:39 PM
so Dunu lost 6 games already Mmmmmh............!
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Pirates_999 Mar 20, 2018 01:22 PM
Our league
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#ihateidiots Mar 20, 2018 01:22 PM
Agents are all over trying hard to destabilize Mighty Bucs. First it was Baxter now its SL. We wont be bite, forget it...
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mbongenid@gmail.com Mar 20, 2018 12:31 PM
We are going to win all of our remaining games. As for Sundowns,they are still going to loose two and draw two of their remaining games
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Bucsfever16 Mar 20, 2018 12:26 PM
Chiefs are out of the tittle race and so is CTC they are both chasing for top 8 finish respectively.
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scoreman99 Mar 20, 2018 12:17 PM
supersport will owe us for the next 3 season we must make sure we beat them in every occasion
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Khaya Shozi Mar 20, 2018 11:52 AM
The league is heading to Pretoria that's final #Kby

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