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Another clean-sheet for Josephs

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Bucs, Arrows in goalless draw

Posted: 12 September 2009 Time: 17:44

Golden Arrows and Orlando Pirates’ unbeaten record after five League outings remained intact after the played to a 0-0 draw at the Chatsworth Stadium.

With both teams going great guns in the early rounds of the PSL season, this much-anticipated fixture which pitted two sides that are normally renowned for their enterprising style of play failed to explode as a contest.

Instead, both teams adopted a more circumspect approach, patiently waiting for a chink in each other’s armour.

Arrows’ Thamsanqa Gabuza had the best chance of the half when he found himself in a one-on-one with Pirates keeper Moneeb Josephs in the 29th minute, but the striker spurned the opportunity through his lack of composure.

Earlier, Pirates wingers Dikgang Mabalane and Teko Modise had near misses in a space of a minute. First Mabalane hit the side-netting from a tight angle in the ninth minute; this was followed by Modise’s crisp drive which flew across the face of the goal.

Gabuza was involved in a well-worked move with midfielder Philani Shange which created shooting room for Richard Henyekane, but the Bafana Bafana striker was unable to keep his effort on target.

The tempo of the match increased slightly in the second half. In the 53rd minute, Pirates defender Happy Jele’s long punt allowed Terror Fanteni to move menacingly into the danger area, but he delayed in having a crack at goal, allowing Sangweni to dispossess him.

Two minutes later Mabalane had his stinging drive blocked by Thanduyise Khuboni.

Shortly thereafter Modise’s chipped effort from just outside the penalty area sailed wide.

Midway through the half Nhlanhla Zothwane had Josephs lunging to his left to keep out the midfielder’s speculative effort. Joseph’s was airborne yet again in the 81st minute, this time he had to keep out Shange’s probing effort.

Mervin Naidoo

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:54 pm
Fanteni & Mabalane I luv u guyz BUT yo misses today!!!!!!!!!!!!Yho Yho Yho bafowethu
posted: 06:13 am
The games of bafana bafana put down the spirit of players en it deducting the chance 2 c good foot boll in psl teams.both teams played well en gud foot ball.
posted: 12:06 pm
I am worry fan of Bucs .How can Pirates allow Kahlego ,Benson and Teko to play they only train 1 or 2 day .I think that is going put the spirit of other players down .There were in training full 2 week but becos there is Kahlego ,Benson ,And Teko there not going to play .In my side it is not good.
posted: 12:09 am
Eddie-if the players have been declared to be fit..then the coach can go ahead to select them in the starting eleven..its not like they went AWOL..consistet perfomance comes from a system that is unpertubed Chief..if we make drastic changes to the starting eleven we wont play half as good..!Arrows almost plays uses the same system as us..there only diff. is-they dont play the ball much back to their defence like us..it was a tough match though..a draw is ok for against them..!
posted: 09:10 am
Once you hear a coach complaining that the match should have been postponed simple bcoz 'only 2'of his players are/were tired from international duty....then you can tell that he is running out of ideas!!! Even if they were away, FIFA rules are clear:it should be 3 players...not 1...not 2.I said it last week that if pie-rates came back with a win.... i will come to work naked today...
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