Orlando Pirates have intensified their challenge for league honours after a 2-0 win over relegation-threatened Platinum Stars in Phokeng earlier on Saturday afternoon.

Pirates moved to second spot on the log, and now trail log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns by just four points.

Bucs have managed to collect ten points out of a possible twelve.

Zambian forward Justin Shonga scored his first goal for Pirates in the 28th minute.

Thembinkosi Lorch made it 2-nil after wasting a good opportunity to score minutes earlier.

This was a good present for club chairman, Irvin Khoza, who is celebrating his 70th birthday on Sartuday.

In another match, played this afternoon, Polokwane City and Amazulu shared the spoils after a goalless draw.