Star man Ndoro's brace leads Pirates to top of PSL

The Sowetan giants maintain their 100 percent record in the league after the opening two rounds.

FILE: Orlando Pirates fans. Picture: Leeto M Khoza/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Orlando Pirates star man Tendai Ndoro continued his superb start to the season when he struck two first half goals within minutes of each other as Pirates scored a 2-1 victory over Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City.

Although the Urban Warriors hit back in the second half courtesy of a Nathan Paulse header, which paved the way for an exciting finish to the match where Ajax created a number of opportunities, it was ultimately Ndoro's brace which proved to be decisive in the end.

The Sowetan giants maintain their 100 percent record in the league after the opening two rounds and find themselves in top spot for now.

Pirates coach Mushin Ertugral had mixed feelings regarding his team's performance.

"Our organisation patterns was spot on. We waited for certain counterattacks and I think we had it."

However, he was less impressed with the second half display where they conceded and failed to score.

"I was not happy with the middle of the park, the organization form. The patterns were not good, we were not concentrating. We couldn't keep onto the ball, we didn't stay on the ball long enough."

Although Ertugral was not pleased with the display, he realizes the importance of the result in light of his bosses' undoubted desire to reclaim the PSL trophy.

"You don't come to Cape Town and play nice and get the three points. I'm not happy with the pattern and how we played but getting the three points makes me quite happy."

One player in particular who the Turkish coach paid special praise to was the match winner Ndoro.

The Zimbabwean has already notched up five goals in the league campaign as his brace against Ajax comes off the back of a hat-trick against Golden Arrows in their league opener.

"Tendai for me is a star player, you need to treat these types of players a bit differently. He has that spark in front of goal.

"He has that sensitive issue when to go and when to stay, when he gets one-to-one with the goalie he is deadly. He understands the lines between the opponents very well. I am very pleased to have a player like that."

Unfortunately for Ajax, who created several chances in what was an encouraging display.

They will rue the period where their defence switched off in what proved to be the decisive segment of the match when they conceded and fell into a state of shock in the midst of conceding the second.

Coach Roger De Sa himself points to Ndoro's quick-fire brace as the pivotal portion of the 90 minutes.

"The performance wasn't bad, if you take away the five minutes of madness from us I think the rest was okay. We gave as good as we got."

He went on to admit that it is tough to pick yourself up after conceding two goals in such a short space of time.

"Up until the goal I was pretty happy the way things were going, we were creating some pretty good chances. Then we gave away the two goals very, very quickly and it is always difficult to come back from that."

Ajax, much like last season created chances but failed to convert them in both halves. De Sa says that is a major difference between the two sides.

"With a team like Pirates and the quality of their players they got, in the final third they are a lot more clinical than us, and that is where we have to get better."

The result leaves Ajax with one point from their opening two league fixtures with Polokwane City up next and thereafter the much anticipated Cape Town derby.