Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played to a predictable goalless
draw in their Absa Premiership Soweto derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday
As it happened: Kaizer Chiefs v Orlando Pirates
In a match which only really came to life in the
second half, both sides hit the woodwork but a sharing of the spoils was
a fair reflection of a tactical battle in which neither really gained
the ascendancy. The Soweto giants have now played to four successive
draws in the league competition.
Pirates enjoyed the majority of
possession through the first half, but Chiefs’ defence held them at
arm’s length quite comfortably. The team in black and white called
Itumeleng Khune into notable action only twice, both long-range efforts
from Thabo Qalinge and Thabo Rakhale which were well saved by the Chiefs
Mpho Makola also had an opening late in the half
after a clever back-heel from the effusive Qalinge, but the veteran
midfield fired straight into the side netting from a tight angle.
Chiefs’ best chance came from a set piece in the 29th minute, as George
Maluleka picked out young defender Siyabonga Ngezana, whose headed
effort rebounded off Wayne Sandilands’ left-hand post.
struck the woodwork early in the second half: on 55 minutes Makola
picked out the run of Qalinge with a great ball over the defence and the
attacking midfielder rattled the crossbar with an acrobatic volley.
That chance brought about a new energy to the game, which both teams
suddenly prepared to commit more men forward in attack. Chiefs brought
on Gustavo Paez to boost their forward line, while Pirates introduced
both Bernard Morrison and Thamsanqa Gabuza.
The next big chance
arrived in the 71st minute: Chiefs’ Siphiwe Tshabalala swung in a free-kick to find the head of Willard Katsande, but the midfielder’s effort
was kept out by a great one-handed save by Sandilands.
thereafter Pirates had the ball in the back of the net when Morrison
turned home Makola’s cross, but the goal was correctly ruled out as the
Ghanaian was both offside and used his hand to knock the ball home.
That proved to be the last real highlight in attack, as both teams saw out the remainder of the game to share the points.
Khune, Malongoane, Cardoso, Mathoho, Ngezana, Zulu, Katsande, Maluleka, Ekstein, Tshabalala, Parker.
Substitutes: Khuzwayo, Meyiwa, Jayiya, Chirambadare, Moon, Zuma, Paez
Sandilands, Mobara, Chabalala, Nyauza, Maela, Matlaba, Sarr, Qalinge, Rakhale, Makola, Kutumela.
Substitutes: Mabokgwane, Mtshali, Sangweni, Morrison, Memela, Lorch, Gabuza