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Ndoro hat-trick kick starts new Pirates era

Orlando Pirates started their Absa Premiership campaign with a 3-1 win over Golden Arrows.

Orlando Pirates Tendai Ndoro. Picture: Facebook.

JOHANNESBURG - The performance from both sides in the first half made it seem as though the clash between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows was destined to be a dull affair.

The Pirates and Arrows 'keepers had very little to in the opening 45 minutes as both sides struggled to string together good enough passes.

Things took a very drastic turn in the second half as Pirates came back a rejuvenated bunch, who looked sharper going forward, thanks mostly to Thabo Rakhale, Mpho Makola and Oupa Manyisa.

Rakhale and Makola orchestrated a very well-worked opening goal in the 49th minute that saw Tendai Ndoro easily tap the ball in at the far post.

Arrows didn't take that well, and on the hour mark, they pounced on some horrendous goalkeeping from Felipe Ovono to grab the equalizer, with Nduduzo Sibiya the man to poke the ball into the net.

Minutes later, Ndoro was at it again, this time it was Arrows' defence that fell asleep in the box, allowing the Zimbabwean international to head the ball past the 'keeper.

The Buccaneers' number seven showed his class when he sealed the win for his side with a solo effort on the edge of the box. He turned the defence inside out and with a single swipe of the right foot, parked the ball into the top right corner to make it 3-1 to Muhsin Ertugral's side.

Pirates will be in action again on Saturday night, when they take on Wits, who beat Kaizer Chiefs on Tuesday.