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Orlando Pirates steal a point against AmaZulu

Posted: 20 February 2011 Time: 17:41

Orlando Pirates’ winning streak was brought to an end by AmaZulu at the Orlando Stadium on Sunday afternoon, as the teams played to a dramatic 1-1 draw.

The Buccaneers looked set for their first defeat since November last year when Lehlohonolo Majoro scored with just three minutes of regulation time left, but the hosts extended their unbeaten run to 13 games when Happy Jele netted in the last minute of added time to make it 1-1.

Pirates dominated possession in the first half but, thanks to some good pressing from AmaZulu, they lacked the fluency of passing through midfield that had seen them pick up six straight wins heading into this match.

The visitors’ backline, though it was made up mostly of makeshift defenders such as Tsweu Mokoro (right-back), Thami Sangweni (centre-back) and Sibusiso Hadebe (left-back), coped admirably with whatever Pirates could throw at them.

The hosts had only one real sight of goal in the first half. 10 minutes into the game, Thulasizwe Mbuyane played in a cross from the right that fell invitingly for the late run of Phenyo Mongala, but the Botswana winger saw his effort well saved by the feet of Mbongeni Mzimela.

Three minutes later Usuthu felt hard done by when Tangeni Shipahu went down under a clumsy challenge from Lucky Lekgwathi in the 18-yard area, but referee Abdul Ebrahim opted not to award a penalty.

Pirates were dealt an early injury blow when Mbuyane had to be withdrawn on 27 minutes with a knock to his left knee; Patrick Malokase came off the bench to replace him.

AmaZulu, though they saw little of the ball, looked potent whenever they had the chance to attack, with the pace of Shipahu, Ayanda Dlamini and young winger-cum-striker Gavin Hammers a clear worry for the home team’s defence.

The second half saw Pirates enjoy even more dominance and they should have opened the scoring in the 72nd minute when Katlego Mashego found himself won-on-one with Mzimela; the striker beat the keeper with his shot but the ball rebounded off the base of the upright.

Four minutes later Mzimela pulled off the save of the match when the tipped over a deflected header from Rooi Mahamutsa that threatened to finally break the deadlock.

Totally against the run of play, AmaZulu took the lead in the 87th minute. A rare attack saw Hadebe play in a flat cross from the left flank, substitute Lehlohonolo Majoro controlled the ball and cracked home a superb left-footed shot from the edge of the box.

It was a superb finish from the Usuthu attacker, exactly the kind of clinical execution that Pirates needed at the other end in order to come good on their dominance.

The home side looked destined for their first League defeat since November last year but in the final minute of referee’s optional time they drew level, with Jele shooting home on the turn after a scramble in the AmaZulu penalty area.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:53 pm
Stil on top as usual,wr r caise of chips wth thr big mouth,shapa baccania shapaaaaa!!!
Anonymous
posted: 05:56 pm
Lucky Chibuku FC.Let's c if u gonna b this lucky next week.It's clear the pressure is taking its toll. A draw against Amazulu at home.
Anonymous
posted: 05:58 pm
We were really lucky to play to a draw with this team.though Amazulu virtually did nothing up until when they score against run of play and the that scrappy scramble ball which ended as a vital goal.I quess the first for Happy Jele.
Now the focus is on the upcoming derby & yeah I think this is our chance as our rivals are leaking goals as if they are being bonuses for that!
Anonymous
posted: 06:03 pm
We shld have won the game! Unlucky mashego today. We missed segolela, klate, Jali, mayambela & mabalane but did very well. Up the Bucs!
Anonymous
posted: 06:06 pm
Guys where was Manyambela, our fucken choach takes too long to substitute. I think Mongalo was not in the game he should have removed in the first half. Molokasi was useless. I think he should have brought Otorugu instead of malokase. Where is Msowoya, he would have played a major role partnering with Mashego. We were lucky not loosed 2day. The chempanzees cabbage cable thieves would be happy today but they are disapointed. Catch us if you can.
Anonymous
posted: 06:07 pm
bekunzima namhlanje, I wonder why krol keep on ignoring OTOROKU?
Anonymous
posted: 06:09 pm
The stadium was near empty as Chibuku fans chose 2 stay @ home n watch the Amakhosi match as dey alwys do. A draw against Amazulu @ home. I remeber how chibuku fans rejoiced wen the Mighty Chiefs salvaged an injury tym dra agaisnt Celtic away from home. Now a home draw against lowly Amazulu is suddenly a gud result.
Anonymous
posted: 06:14 pm
hheyi wena sitlayela yo club lost nicely yesterday. So wena stop commenting about soweto title chasers. U are suppose to be in wwe not in soccer actually i'm talking about sizwe. Ungaphikisi i-editor. Itrained to report shosh. Uyabhora big time. Ireporter isho as it happened. The ball 2 hand or the hand 2 ball.
so u are fired.
Anonymous
posted: 06:15 pm
at least this pathetic performance came a week earlier! If we didn't lose todays game playing so poorly then we not gonna lose anymore! Up the buc!
Anonymous
posted: 06:15 pm
Now that they score a penalty I'm sure its ok to them not our lovely Buccaneer.
I really doubt if they will ever catch us.they lucky to draw with Santos.
Anonymous
posted: 06:15 pm
Talk about a great escape. we managed to throw away two valuable points at home...
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 06:18 pm
I know I stand 2 be crucified but truth b told the performa-ce was lack lustre. Krol is clueless and just lucky. A team of Pirates calibre don't need that, its not sustainable. A draw at home, nothing to celebrate. That hugging and puffing was so pathetic. I hate Krol, period, we could so comfortable on top of the league but this.
Anonymous
posted: 06:19 pm
Pirates were disjointed today as we were playing a team that was ultra defensive but Mabhakaniya we need to be proud of the fighting spirit that our team is displaying this season.WELL DONE BUCS ,WE ARE STILL SITTING COMFORTABLY ON THE 1ST POSITION
Anonymous
posted: 06:21 pm
@ Tzozo sometimes u talk like someone who understands football at times like isibhanxa sesilima esivuza amafinyila. Amazulu are a gud team if they are playing a team minus 7 of their regulars. How do u explain your team drawing with Santos who's been conceding at least 3 goals a game? U will remain number 2 forever coz u 2nd best.
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 pm
Sometimes when u challenge for championship u have to win games lyk this Jele
Anonymous
posted: 06:26 pm
Those heavy and weary legs of okapi, mahamutsa and cloete will be punished next weekend!

I don't know how many times okapi miss kicked the ball and mahamutsa giving away positions, not to mention a blantad penalty which was not given against Chipambu... Obviously that penalty was not going to given

the referee was waiting patiantly for one cow to dive in the eighteen area so that he can collect his cheque in a brown envilope

unfortunatly it didn't happened!
Anonymous
posted: 06:27 pm
Totalfootball : 2011-02-20 18:15 [ Report ]
Now that they score a penalty ...yadda yadda..

Dont start with us, we cheat no one and so it alright, penalties are part of the game of football. You cheated..i cant even begin to count. Yours were not legitimate penalties. The question is legitimacy. You sound like you saying Chiefs is not suppose to get penalties that are due to them.

Anyway...The game is on for next week.
Pangolin
posted: 06:27 pm
Now its time to talk about February the 26th. I've been hearing fortune tellers talking about how they will beat the Mighty Unbeatable Ones. Today 2 important points was wasted, but we must understand that this things happen in soccer… OPERATION ONE GAME AT A TIME… thatha Bhakabhaka…
Anonymous
posted: 06:27 pm
hayi madoda this is bad 2 me if pirates will depend on individual players not on team work will b a disaster end of this season
Anonymous
posted: 06:33 pm
Khoza Muti is very very strong. Yho! This team cannot be written off until the last whistle. lucky basta*ds. Anyway, to complete the trend, its Win last week, Draw today and definitely lose next week. Akujiki...
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