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Pirates were dealt an early injury blow when Mbuyane had to be withdrawn on 27 minutes with a knock to his left knee; Patrick Malokase came off the bench to replace him.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

posted: 06:42 pm
unity was not seen today with Oupa and Ngobeni pulling alone the weight while our winger did nothing to harm Amazulu, really we missed Juju, Jali, Mark, Tlou etc. i appeal for Drogba to be given a chance as well in games like this to booste his confidence. you win some you draw as every team plays to win. dlala Bhakaniya
posted: 06:48 pm
if you were not a jelous chiefs fan Mr editor the heading would have been.."PIRATES MANTAIN THEIR UNBEATEN RECORD" or "PIRATES STILL LOG LEADERS"
posted: 06:50 pm
That was a fantastic game. Pirates players must avoid to get bookings because that would disturb them in taking the league.
posted: 06:53 pm
musa- u are such a idiot like chips defence my bra, ure team conceding stupid goals everygame. Just keep on chasing we r on top of bulawayo chips. To all mabacaneers lets keep on suporting da boys. To wena stupid musa n ure fellow chimpanzee fans keep on critising bucs weres ure team keep on dropin poinrs
posted: 06:53 pm
krol,ppl may not like u they may say watever they wan't 2 say but isay u r da man krol with so many players injured&some suspended week in&week out but u have managed 2 play 13 games witout loosing thank u so much mr krol it showz dat u did not win a coach of da month by mistake"UP DE BUCS"
posted: 06:58 pm
Yini ingathi nikhatele MABHAKANIYA? Please give us another draw on the 26th.
posted: 07:00 pm
u rite bucs 4 lyf we mst love&suport our team through thick&thin we mst 4get bout amakhosikazi bcoz they r jelos of our team
The Ghost
posted: 07:12 pm
@tsozzo just admit it you idiot ... you were rooting for Amazulu and were screaming when they scored thinking that at last the Mighty have fallen, but your pea sized brain forgot one thing - Bucs REFUSE to lose!!!!
posted: 07:16 pm
Once again mr krol did wht he does best,,,,to fail to read the game hence i will forever have my doubts about this oke,,,,

Why substitude late when its clear tht there is a problem especially with penetrating the oponents,,,,,why malokase who offers nothing in attack while u already playin an ineffective lone striker,,,,,,,,hayi krol can be so Blind n Predictable,,,,,,

With todays performance it will be difficult to beat magoshakazi who r leaking goals like never before,,,,,watch it mabhakaniya,,,,,am being honest here,,,,

By the way where is Msowoya or he is iin logger heads with the coach too????
'Khosi by Nature
posted: 07:26 pm
Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts
1 Orlando Pirates 21 13 6 2 29 13 16 45
2 Kaizer Chiefs 21 13 4 4 32 17 15 43
3 Ajax Cape Town 21 13 4 4 33 21 12 43

Ja ne ! Soweto Derby on Sat... very interesting, but Ajax is playing Fri night... Now that's verrrrrry interesting. I wonder how will the Soweto Derby be like if Ajax win Fri. Wooooooooooooooza Week' nd !!!!
posted: 07:28 pm
Mabakaniya must be strong 4 this cup .let's hope we go right
posted: 07:28 pm
Mabakaniya must be strong 4 this cup .let's hope we go right
posted: 07:28 pm
Mabakaniya must be strong 4 this cup .let's hope we go right
Analytical Fan
posted: 07:29 pm
an average performance by a championship contending side. Surely players need to be a lot more committed at this stage of the league? I mean to stroll around the park in the first 40min with practically no goals on target is not the kind of effort that wins leagues. Some players don't grab the oportunites presented to them and they shouldn't expect fans' sympathy when they don't make 18man squad once regulars return.
posted: 07:37 pm
attendance was dissapointing, as usual they decided to stay at home and watch the biggest team
posted: 07:44 pm
thnx happy jele
posted: 07:45 pm
surely a confirmation dat we dizev championshp. always a pirate.
posted: 07:51 pm
i biliv sporo refers 2pirates as de biggest team, dont u sporo?
posted: 07:56 pm
Its clear tht if bucs win the league a lot of Kickoff journalists will be disapoited,,,,its clear frm their reporting each n evry week which team they supporting,,,,,,just read the heading above,,,,,,,

Back to the game,,,our difence started off on a low note with a lot of Silly mistakes tht amazulu cudnt capitalise on,,,,Mongala got a chance to show us wht he can offer but he failed,to put in decent crosses,he wanted to take free kicks n corners which for me were Very poor,,,,,i mean our players as if they need a loss just as a wake up call,,,,,,

I saw a lot of mistakes today n so hope krol identified them as well adawise we will strugle against the loudmouths on sataday.......wake up boys now is the time to finish off wht u have started n no one will do it for u but urselfs,,,,,,

Tsipa tse ntsho Tsipa,,,,,,
posted: 07:58 pm

Please people stop being unfair on our coach.

Kroll has lost key members of his core team at crunch time, Tlou got a red card, Mayambela is injured,Mabalane injured, Klate injured, Jali 2 yellows, Twala injury, Mhlongo injury.

Yini ngani kanti nina nxxx, Please give our coach a break. He wants to win the league as much as we do.

Mara Ngobeni is a true Essien, the boy is just the boss in the middle. We have played 13 games unbeaten, this deserves credit to our coach and the boys.

As for Chiefs, they are forgeting that when it comes to a derby, your form does n't count for anything
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