Soweto Derby ends in stalemateby MTHULISI SIBANDA
SOWETO, (CAJ News) – CHAMPIONSHIP hopefuls Kaizer Chiefs gained a valuable point in their quest for title after playing to a goalless draw against rivals Orlando Pirates at the First National Bank Stadium on Saturday.
This Soweto Derby was played under perfect weather conditions in front of a vociferous crowd.
The teams created a few chances in an absorbing first half with the first real chance falling to Chiefs defender Eric Mathoho but he headed a setpiece over Brighton Mhlongo’s goal in the 32nd minute.
A minute later, midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala shot straight at the visiting goalkeeper.
Influential midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane tried his luck from a distance but skied his effort as Chiefs finished the half the more probing of the Soweto pair.
The second stanza started is similar fashion as the first ended with Chiefs exerting pressure on the visitors.
Tshabalala came close to opening the scoring in the 56th minute but his effort crashed against the crossbar.
At the other end, Pirates defender Happy Jele headed over from a corner as his side sought to break the deadlock.
Teammate Sifiso Myeni had two chances in the 65th minute-the first crashing against the bar and another from the resultant setpiece going straight at Itumeleng Khune.
Chiefs could have secured three points late in the game but let themselves down with poor finishing.
Bernard Parker had one last chance to turn one point into three but blasted wide.
In the end none of the teams found a breakthrough and the draw was a fairest result.
CHIEFS: Khune- Gaxa, Mathoho, Mashamaite, Masilela-Katsande, Letsholonyane, Tshabalalan Masango,Lebese-Parker
PIRATES: Mhlongo-Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Jele, Matlaba- Sarr, Ntshumayelo, Manyisa, Makola, Myeni- Majoro
– CAJ News
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