Polokwane City Orlando Pirates PSL Absa Premiership report
Posted: 22 September 2015 Time: 21:20
Orlando Pirates’ slow start to the 2015/16 Absa Premiership season continued on Tuesday night as they were held to a goalless draw by Polokwane City at Peter Mokaba Stadium.
Ahead of the first leg of their CAF Confederation Cup semifinal against Al-Ahly on Saturday evening, this was not the result Eric Tinkler would have been hoping for.
The Buccaneers found it difficult to break down Rise and Shine’s defence most of the time, and failed to register a single shot on target in the first half.
The hosts attacked from the start, and just five minutes into the game their captain Jabulani Maluleke forced goalkeeper Felipe Ovono into a smart save.
In the 14th minute Pirates nearly broke the deadlock after Kermit Erasmus burst into the Polokwane box from the left and dribbled past keeper George Chigova. However, his low cut-back went across the goal-mouth with no Buccaneer in sight.
Pirates were dealt a major blow 15 minutes into the second-half when captain Oupa Manyisa was substituted after twisting his ankle, though reports suggest it was nothing more than a strain.
Nevertheless, Bucs upped their tempo and in the 69th minute Sifiso Myeni combined brilliantly with Erasmus outside the box, and the latter forced Polokwane keeper George Chigova into a fine low save.
In the 74th minute Pirates' long-range specialist Mpho Makola cut inside from the left and forced Chigova into a great save after receiving a good pass from Thabo Matlaba.
Polokwane almost won the match in the dying second – first Ovono saved bravely at the feet of the returning Cole Alexander, before the goalie tipped over a shot from Pulen Tlolane which proved the last kick of the game.
HOME: Polokwane City
Coach: Kosta Papic
AWAY: Orlando Pirates
Coach: Eric Tinkler