“It was a wonderful performance and we needed the three points,” said Aces coach Clive Barker. “It all worked out okay in the end but it was a long 90 minutes.
“Pirates are in a rebuilding phase, I would think, after a long season, but it’s good to get a win over them.”
Producing a dominant performance on the road, Aces earned a well-deserved victory to stun their fancied hosts.
Tendai Ndoro created a world of trouble for the home side in the opening stanza, and first made his presence felt in the 12th minute when he struck the left post.
Aces shot-stopper Jackson Mabokgwane was brought to action for the first time midway through the opening period when he punched away an effort from Mpho Makola, before Aces regained control.
Ndoro’s low strike with 10 minutes remaining in the first half was deflected clear, and two minutes later his thunderous shot from the edge of the area was fired narrowly wide to the right.
The Buccaneers had a chance to equalise with 16 minutes left, but Siyabonga Sangweni’s effort was tipped over the bar by an agile Mabokgwane.
Six minute later, Mbuyane netted a deflected strike as the visiting side secured a crucial victory.
Pirates lost touch with the top three teams in the league standings, but head coach Vladimir Vermezovic admitted they were outplayed.
“They deserve this win,” Vermezovic said.
“They were better in the first half, especially, and in the second half we tried to control the game but we made one mistake and we were punished for that.
“We have a lot of work in front of us and a lot of things to fix. We’re working on it.”