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Soweto Derby ends goalless

Posted: 20 February 2010 Time: 17:57

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs failed to deliver again as the two teams played to another goalless draw at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

It was a game of two halves as Bucs dominated the first stanza.

Bucs appeared to be searching for an early goal as Katlego Mashego twice breached Chiefs’ defence with splitting passes, but Thulasizwe Mbuyane was slow to react as Itumeleng Khune came out to collect on two similar occasions.

In the 19th minute Dikgang Mabalane hit the side-netting but it was not good enough to beat the country’s number 1 keeper, Khune.

It took 16 more minutes before Bucs created another chance, which was wasted in the end. Bennett Chenene broke free on the left in the 35th minute to deliver a good cross, which flew past the face of Khune’s goal, with Mbuyane and Mashego ball-watching.

On the stroke of halftime Chiefs almost caught a flat-footed Bucs defence as Abia Nale beat Lucas Thwala on the left to deliver a great cross but Knowledge Musona failed to capitalize when he tried to slide it in.

It was 0-0 at the interval. Chiefs’ head coach Vladimir Vermezovic introduced Mandla Masango in Josta Dladla’s place for the start of the second half.

However, the change brought no joy for the multitude of Chiefs fans, who appeared to outnumber their bitter rivals.

The second stanza started at a very slow pace and it was only in the 61st minute when Khune produced a great save to deny Pirates a goal.

Lucas Thwala powerfully headed Lucky Lekgwathi’s cross, but Khune tipped it over the crossbar for a corner, which failed to produce a goal for Bucs.

Gert Schalkwyk replaced the injured Chenene in the 71st minute, but was a shadow of his self against his former employers.

Substitute Nkosinathi Nhleko could have won it for Chiefs, after coming on for Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 65th minute.

With the game heading to the end, the former Jomo Cosmos striker was unlucky when his shot from inside the box hit the post with Josephs well-beaten.

Musona then got two great chances but failed to punish a stretched Pirates defence. The ‘Silent Assassin’ failed to connect Masenamela’s pinpoint cross from the left and a minute later the young Zimbabwean’s shot was blocked by the Bucs defence, who were lucky to come away with a point in the last 10 minutes that Chiefs dominated.

It ended 0-0, raising questions again as to whether it is still the best Derby it used to be in the country in years gone by.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:05 pm
The so caled big derby is dead..with avarage playaz what cn u expect nxaaa!
posted: 06:08 pm
i enjoyed the game,Khune was exceptional, those saves, a better derby from last tym tho.. disappointed in the draw, congrats 2 SSU 4 winning the league.....and....yes 2 Circus, u guys played well ystdy cementing ur runner up position(yes i sed it)
Lets collect the cups Khosi, Telkom n Nedbank..why not focus on what we gud at lol

I still love my Chiefs
posted: 06:08 pm
Pathetic, just like the excuses to follow for this highly overrated eye sore, i watched Steven Pienaar mesmerising ManUtd and only watched snipets of this game. 0-0 will 4ever be an eye sore.

Swallowa and Downs produced a much better game...!!!
posted: 06:09 pm
what a derby.. ic more goals next season...kc should have won...2-0 at leas...next time boys
posted: 06:14 pm
nywe nywe greatest derby. Why cant u just accept dat these teams are dead especially bush bucks. No wonder they always hev something to say abt sundowns truth is there's nothing to write home abt their overated yet useless team. When are 2 teams going to stop to rob supporters of their hard earned cash? You shud be ashamed of urself. Gr8 teams are judged by what they can offer on de field of play and not they used to offer. Your team is a disgracw to say the least. Psl has introduced an award for a team with most draws and it doesnt need a rocket scientist to tell who are de undisputed champs
posted: 06:15 pm
LOL@Zweli, next season neh? Bwua ha ha ha ha ha ha..!!
posted: 06:17 pm
i hate: wena senzo of generations u always hev something to say abt other teams yet nothing abt de one you claim to support. The only supersport supporter who was proud of his team was mzukisi-chickmagnet and nt u fong kong
posted: 06:31 pm
For me the game was exciting, mybe TTM is getting something from that miner-cum-pres-cum-crook.
posted: 06:32 pm
ay! I salute downs fans. Hw dd gt ds one ryt. A nil nil draw.
Yoh a big team is still waiting 4 a 1st win ku2010. Ay they r real beyond their sell by date.
posted: 06:36 pm
To all the Downs Fans i'm apealing to you not to comment any further on this drab game.Don't give them anything to say the proof was there for everyone to see this afternoon that these teams are dead n buried period!!!The Chairman can say whatever he wanted to say,but their players just failed the Fans.Chiefs can win their last two games with 100 goals,still they won't be above us.As for Pirates the less i speak of them the better.The best teams are judged on League Titles not on Cup games Pearl.
Kagiso R
posted: 06:38 pm
Good game of football (even without goals). Why Krol didn't bring bring Phenyo for Chenene is beyond
posted: 06:41 pm
Lucky mofis of Kaizer Chiefs yet escape today. UP THE BUCS!!!
posted: 06:41 pm
Sabelo n Zweli which game were you watching or were you busy with your prostitute jobs while listening the match on the radio?Ha,ha,ha that's different from the real match.
posted: 07:14 pm

I had no idea what makes a great team..thanks for educating me
posted: 08:08 pm
Pirates and Chiefs are ordinary.
posted: 08:12 pm
Chairman Khoza is not visible at Pirates games, where exactly does he seat at the stadium. Toilet?
posted: 08:17 pm
The game was GREAT, its just that SUNDOWNS MINEWORKERS are jealous, or plain stupid, or they were high on something very strong.
posted: 08:53 pm
sabelo wa hhlanya wena.. everybody saw dat kc should have wrapped da game...we were just unlucky on da day..mnextseason we willrock.. rem,it wa da 1st season 4 vv...shapa khosi shapa..
posted: 09:01 pm
Collecting Cups my foot!!!You are not getting a thing this season. Better organise yourselves a MACHAKA CUP soon.You can invite the likes of bush bucks and jomo cosmos and wallop them to maintain your status of being the cup kings. Or the best thing out of this would be to continue with your VOTING SYSTEM as it is the only thing that has won you the biggest award this year. I mean you can do this. Otherwise this is a democratic country is n't it.
posted: 09:18 pm
Josta Dladla for Bafana Bafana!!! EISH, what a waste of megabytes.
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