Chiefs, Pirates in stalemate
Posted: 31 October 2009 Time: 17:14
A late attack by Kaizer Chiefs is not enough to break the deadlock in a mediocre Soweto Derby.
Substitutes Knowledge Musona and Chippa Nhleko kept Chiefs on the attack, but while a few scoring chances were created late on it never looked as if one would be put away.
Bucs midfielder Andil Jali deserves a mention for some tigerish tackling in helping Bucs keep the score level.
Siphiwe Tshabalala’s attempt in the final minute crashed off the woodwork and some may feel Amakhosi deserved a goal here.
But sadly, the match needed somebody to put his hand up and take responsibility and it never came.
Abia Nale, Tshabalala and Musona looked the liveliest in attack for Chiefs while Thulasizwe Mbuyane threatened on occasion for Bucs.
But on both sides, the final pass was just not good enough and genuine creativity was lacking.
The first half, while dominated by Pirates, was very scrappy with both sides giving away possession and neither able to get into any type of rhythm.
Chiefs’ best scoring attempts of the first half came when Reneilwe Letsholonyane let rip from distance with his left, but Moeneeb Jospehs tipped it over the bar for a corner.
From the resultant kick, Kaizer Motaung Jnr got a slight touch with his head, the ball fell to Thomas Sweswe at the back post, but couldn’t keep his left-footed volley down.
Bennet Chenene (late in the game), Mbuyane and Lucky Lekgwathi (from a free kick) came closest for Pirates.
But with their most creative player, Teko Modise, struggling for form, Pirates are in need of somebody else to take responsibility in the final third.