Orlando Pirates claimed their first three-point haul of the season through a 1-0 victory against Bloemfontein Celtic in what was a bruising encounter at Dr Molemela Stadium on Wednesday evening.
In the absence of regular mentor Josef Zinnbauer, the Buccaneers were in the capable hands of Assistant Coach Fadlu Davids for the clash.
The injury setbacks did not hamper the Buccaneers’ ability to surge forward, and Pule was again on the clear to unleash a shot from range, which had enough venom on it to force Sipho Chaine into a fumble, but there was no one to collect the rebound and make it count.
After a hard toil, Pirates took the lead rather spectacularly in the 78th minute through a long-range effort from one of the forced substitutions in Ndlovu, who received the ball out of the box from fellow sub Paseka Mako, and left Chaine rooted on the spot as the ball fizzed to the back of the net.
The last ten minutes were fraught with danger for the Buccaneers, with Harris Tchilimbou and Justice Chabalala forcing saves of Richard Ofori from close range.
The Soweto Giants survived the onslaught to edge the hosts for their first league win of the season.
Starting XI: Ofori (GK), Jele (C), Nyauza, Jooste (87′ Mabaso), Maela, Motshwari, Monare (59′ Mako), Pule (87′ Makaringe), Lorch (15′ Hotto), Dzvukamanja (59′ Ndlovu), Lepasa