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CAF Champions League match report: Orlando Pirates draw at home with AC Leopards

Posted: 20 July 2013 Time: 22:08

Orlando Pirates were dominant against AC Leopards, but walked off the field with just one point in their goalless first match of the CAF Champions League group stage.

Pirates had their first corner right after the start, but Leopards defended well to clear. On the other end, the Congo Brazzaville side showed their intentions in the third minute when Heritier Seda put in cross and as Bucs defenders lost their way in the box, Rudy Bhebey Ndey shot over the bar.

In the 11th minute, Daine Klate beat the offside but couldn’t hold on to the ball and the chance was gone.

Pirates had a scare in the 22nd minute, but the Bucs faithful, in the end, breathed a sigh of relief when Junior Mouzita attacked from the left and given space to take a shot which ricocheted off the crossbar to safety.

Not to be outdone, Bucs had their best chance of the half in the 42nd minute but the chance was missed. Sifiso Myeni beat the defenders down the left, but Klate, who could have finished, was a bit forward and the ball went just behind him.

The score was 0-0 at the interval.

Pirates came out for the second half a different side and created chances from the word go. New signing Lennox Bacela’s header was cleared off the line in the 49th minute.

It was all Bucs at this stage.

The Soweto giants had a glorious opportunity in the 65th minute, but Bacela fluffed it. Bucs had a quick counter attack after a throw in by Leopards with Myeni, who didn’t waste time putting in a cross and Bacela was left with the easiest job, but shot straight at the goalkeeper.

For the umpteenth time, Pirates had another chance in the 83rd minute but Oupa Manyisa’s attempt was blocked inside the box.

In the end, though, it wasn’t Pirates’ day as both sides shared the spoils.

Orlando Pirates XI: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Ayanda Gcaba, Thandani Ntshumayelo (Mabena 83rd), Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Daine Klate (Masuku 75th), Lennox Bacela.

AC Leopards: Lawrence Ngoe, Ulrich Mombo, Boris Ngounga, Rudy Bhebey Ndey, Cesaire Gandze, Hermann Nkodia, Childran Miangounina, Chardin Mfoutou, Herman Lakolo, Heritier Seda (Bienvenu Kombo 70th), Junior Mouzita (Eric 62nd)

Booked: Mfoutou.

Previous comments on this story...

Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 10:12 pm
Useless Chibuku FC. Some of the chances they missed even a blind man would have put away.

Leopards should just finish them
Off in the return match.
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 10:13 pm
What a defender Knoroxx Bacela.......hehehehe. They failed against DRC's Black Leopards....

Kaizer Chiefs v/s Al Ahly 2013/14 CAF Champions League Final
gotze gunagan olivier torres
posted: 10:14 pm
Bacela needed hlp upfront manyisa hufs n pufs d whole game bt u hrdly see wenzan. Hrdlck makakaniya black is back I say the drought is bck. Mabena ws in fr 5min bt he was swtng all over da place wtf! That kit yebucs yamasimba nje its over rated
shantylino
posted: 10:15 pm
Beatiful kit,bad result.mara gents u Roger amasimba klaar.i just can't blv my team is stl playing kak..i missed okwonkwo.
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 10:15 pm
pirates should buy players
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 10:16 pm
Roger De Sa what a coach.......today felt like i was watching Victoria's Secret lingerie range of 1990...hehehe
jnrmalie@khosi
posted: 10:17 pm
i am a chiefs fan, TO BE HONESt, pirates were gun blazing today, the lack a finisher. this game was thiers. hard luck mabhakaniar. rogers has the mind, bt the players ar tired, the like of manyisa n klate hhay cha.
G-Star
posted: 10:17 pm
Well done ma-bhakhaniya point is better than nothing,hope De sa can work around this team.And another thing the coach of Orlando Pirates should introduce Colines Mbhesuma not saying Lennox Bacela was bad but tonight he didn't come to the play anyway good luck mabhakhaniya on the returning leg....GLORY&RISE
Ice prince
posted: 10:17 pm
First comments from cHIVs, quite interesting. You morons really love pirates ne, wow you are both welcomed....
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:17 pm
The hunger and the will to win from the players is there to be seen but unfortunately our system does not create goal scoring chances as Bacela was isolated. Why Bacela was thrown into the deep end? Mbesuma should have partnered Bacela we were playing at home mos.

As we have said before the buck stops with the coach.
RMELO
posted: 10:18 pm
Black is bad nt back,Lol
Khosiologyst ...''Echte Liebe''
posted: 10:18 pm
This is the Bacela all South Africans know....always promising week in week out, then scores an odd goal, the next thing the season is over....Musona would have scored a hatrick today
Heavy-D
posted: 10:18 pm
Pierats are facing a task if they continue playing like this they must forgett in advancing in the next phase,even my granny was going to score the chances wasted by Manyisa,yooo usenzima umthwalo la and Pierats is losing gradually its perfomance hey kuyasinda nkosi yam
Dark Patch
posted: 10:19 pm
3 central Defensive middlefilders, late substituions and poor finishing costs us.

Hade Mabakaniya
diski111
posted: 10:19 pm
with all due respect but pirates is a mediocry team nje this club have turned into some disgrace....there was really nothing to choose between the two clubs in the end
Azania
posted: 10:20 pm
RDS needs to be told that there is substitution in soccer. OP would not win anything under Roger de Sa. Stupid coach who only believes in defence! When would he be fired maar?
2nd Star Washelela
posted: 10:20 pm
Real Champ T'zozo

posted: 10:12 pm | Report

Useless Chibuku FC. Some of the chances they missed even a blind man would have put away.

Leopards should just finish them
Off in the return match.
+++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
What would you do? Come with a solution.
Papa T
posted: 10:20 pm
A big team is playing CAF champions league, while minnows are playing Gauteng Cup.
Rio da General
posted: 10:21 pm
I wud lav 2 c Jersey number 15 of AC Leopard @ Naturena dan dis Manison Ghanian player. Without SOX they r nothing. Unfortunate Bobby is sniffing around Sox. As 4 Pirates Kit arg damn ugly.
deezle15
posted: 10:21 pm
The game was soooooo boring,I even fallen asleep watching it...rat don't play beautiful and interesting football the way their fans claims......rat fartfools
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