Pirates held in Soweto derby
Posted on Saturday, October 29, 2016 - 18:47
For not the first time in recent history, the Soweto Derby between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs ended in a goalless stalemate with neither able to break the deadlock in an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Despite plenty of energy and goal-mouth action throughout the 90 minutes, both teams failed in their attempts to rattle the back of the net.
The Buccaneers suffered an early blow with Luvoyo Memela ruled out of the clash minutes before kick-off - Riyaad Norodien replacing the attacking midfielder in the starting eleven.
Eager to grab the slice of good fortune with both hands, Norodien went about to impress Muhsin Ertugral and his technical team with the Ajax Cape Town winger the best player on the park in the first-half.
After Michelle Katsvairo and Mpho Makola squandered chances in the opening 15 minutes of the game, Nordien sparked Pirates to life - setting up Thabo Rakhale in the 23rd minute.
Norodien burst down the left flank, cut inside before finding 'Jomo' who - with a sight at goal - was guilty of a heavy first touch allowing Itumeleng Khune the chance to rush off his line and gather the ball.
Chiefs best chance of the opening stanza fell to Hendrick Ekstein on the cusp of half-time. Ramahlwe Mphahlele made a lung-busting run down the right before picking out his teammate who could only succeed in skying his volley attempt over the crossbar from close range.
Both teams continued to press forward in search of the opener after the interval and Pirates should have hit the back of the net in the 49th minute. Tendai Ndoro broke through on goal before setting up Gift Motupa - the midfielder, with the goal at his mercy, unable to direct his first time shot on target.
In the closing exchanges of the game Ntsikelelo Nyauza cleared Ekstein's attempt off the line, before Tshabalala forced Brighton Mhlongo into a good save from range in the 76th minute.
With another 0-0 on the cards, Edward Manqele looked to change that and came close in stoppage time; Issa Sarr with a timely block to deny the Glamour Boys forward.
With the point unbeaten Pirates move up to fourth.
Pirates: Mhlongo; Nyauza, Gyimah, Jele, Matlaba - Sarr - Norodien (Makudubela 79'), Makola, Motupa (Morrison 67'), Rakhale - Ndoro (Gabuza 81')