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Pirates, Wits draw a blank

Posted: 12 September 2008 Time: 21:58

Orlando Pirates drew a blank once more as they were held 0-0 by BidVest Wits in an Absa Premiership match at Ellis Park on Friday night.

Following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Golden Arrows in the opening round of League fixtures, it at least arrested a run of two defeats after Bucs lost 2-1 to SuperSport United in the MTN 8 quarterfinals as well.

It was the first time these two teams had featured in a 0-0 draw since August 1999 – some nine years – but it wasn’t for a lack of attacking threat from both sides, more a lack of composure in front of goal.

Wits should have taken the lead in the 12th minute as a driving run from Clifford Mulenga ended with Sibusiso Mahlangu collecting the ball 10 yards out.

But instead of trying to place his shot, the midfielder blasted it wide of Moeneeb Josephs’ goal.

The Clever Boys’ Brazilian midfielder Fabrice Rodrigues went narrowly wide with an excellent 30-yard free-kick that had the beating of Josephs, but also slipped just past the post.

Lehlohonolo Seema had Pirates’ best chance of the half when he slipped his marker at the corner, but he put his free header over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.

Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi flashed a long-range effort wide just before halftime as the home side finished the opening half the stronger.

Rudzani Ramudzuli had a wonderful chance to score just minutes into the second half when he was put clear on goal, but he seemed in two minds whether to chip or shoot past Energy Murambadoro, and in the end did neither as the ball floated harmlessly over the bar.

Murambadoro then missed a floating free-kick at his back post, but once again Seema wasted the header opportunity.

History was made in the 66th minutes when new Bucs signing Adriano Peres became the first player from the Cape Verde to feature in the South African top flight as he replaced the ineffective Ramudzuli.

The sting went out of the game late on, though Pirates did have a shout for a penalty in injury time, but referee Daniel Bennett ruled the foul on Teko Modise had been committed just outside the area. Modise wasted the free-kick opportunity.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 10:06 pm
Rudie Krol ,Wellcome 2 Mzanzi diski.2 games no goal...!
Ho tha...........ta bann...a..!Someone is digging his own grave....
posted: 10:07 pm
Rudi Santana. It looks like Pirates's goal is o get to the top8. Things are not looking good.
posted: 10:12 pm
This is now worrying Mr Philosophy has yet to win an official PSL game with a lot of talent at his disposal and when you look at his line-up he is chopping and changing meaning he is now feeling the pressure. But Mabhakaniya lets support the team regardless.
posted: 10:15 pm
shame poor happy people
posted: 10:18 pm
If Professional Players who earn more than
R50 000 a month fail to score. How is it the coaches fault?

People in Mzani need to grow up!
posted: 10:40 pm
Proffesor wake up and comment.. Pirates drew and I'm not suprised because the way they play we were expecting a lose..At least they have exceeded our expectations by playing draw..Hehehehe,I wonder how is it to support Pierats..At least today they were wearing Black, well done on that not that red thing of yours
posted: 11:23 pm
First game we lost. Second game we drew, which means that next game is a win. Up the Bucs dark or blue.
posted: 11:52 pm
If you South African can do what they have done in Support of Jacob Zuma...what can stop us from be united and take it to the streets to demostrate our anger with SAFA Officials..these people have no understanding of football
posted: 07:33 am
I don't to say anything about Pirates, bcause it could be my turn tomorrow. You'll neva know; a league is a race, you win today the next month you have 4 lose in a row. Let's just wait and see what Ruudi can produce as the season continues, it's still early days. We are waiting.
posted: 09:04 am
I now see why club owners pick and choose the players to buy and select in the starting eleven and im beginning to see where they are coming from. If coaches are given freedom to choose the players they think worked hard then it will never work, hence the result for pirates. Sometimes players don't put in all their effort at training becuase they are saving they best for the match comes match day but i feel even if they never trained the whole week they should be in the starting line up. The starting eleven was wrong for starters there was never a goal forthcoming with the players he selected to start. a good typical e.g is Steven gerrald this weekend will be in the starting line up and so will TORRES but they have been injured the thing is u don't leave players like that out on the bench. Ask sundowns players no matter what Nyodoro will start wheather he trained or not. if you get my drill.
posted: 09:10 am
Krol these players will start or else you will need heavy security to grt out of our next game and they are Kanono, Mabalane, Kwamendo and relegate these players to the reserves, Walaza (cannot see him improving), Makhanya, mdledle, Ramudzuli (his muti works, he pays he's inyanga right)and all the dead wood at pirates and that seema can also leave he's bloody useless for a captain another one paying his nyanga.
posted: 09:11 am
Looking at the way Pie-rats started this season,
they will be very dangerous b'coz in most seasons they atart like house on fire and only to dissapear as the season progresses.Isaac
posted: 09:59 am
Pirates still have no deadly striker. Looking at the chances Walaza and Rudzani had in front of goal, they could have won the match. I know its early to judge a player, but Robinho was inkomo last nite. Could it be that he doesn't understand English or the guys should stop speaking to him in Zulu or Suthu. He was playing alone. Talk about trying too much.
posted: 10:03 am
Sorry I meant to say Adriano.
Swona Champ!
posted: 10:14 am
they can buy all the best players you can think, Ronaldo from Man U for example he wont score goals.... reason the team is run like household...
Swona Champ!
posted: 10:17 am
As for teko yu need to look for another team, don't see you getting action this season
posted: 10:22 am
The thing is Ruddi need to train the players strongly bccause it looked like they not trained well,otherwise we have o good players like Kanono,kwamwendo and Modise but they need combination.
posted: 12:21 pm
We MaBhakaBhaka kwenzenjani? They must loose that red jersey it upset the Manyathelas,Khozas,Molekos even the Leremis
posted: 02:38 pm
Hi Mr Editor where are the articles today.some PSL teams are playing today why nothing about those teams.u cant tell me that thre's nothing to write about.last week we read stupid articles about Otieno i think its time for other players to be in the hall of fame.
posted: 02:38 pm
Guys when you coaching a team do you apply the philosophy or the coach should apply philosophy bearing in mind the situation. Pirates is still learning and I don't know until when. Lets wait and see ukuthi iyozalankomoni.
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