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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Pirates were dealt an early injury blow when Mbuyane had to be withdrawn on 27 minutes with a knock to his left knee; Patrick Malokase came off the bench to replace him.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: 10:10 am
Meyiwa is costing us games guys. With due respect and the 110% behind Krol and all the players, Meyiwa conceeded silly goals against Wits and yesterday was no exception. He looked at the players b4 he can shoot and he position himself very well with a lot of focus on the ball but, still the ball got passed him and went at the back of the net. I expect him to do much better than that! Lekgwathi also clears the ball like a school boy. He plays skop and donoor instead of being coal calm and collected. I now see the reason why Krol puts him on the bench sometimes and would not be surprised if he bench him for derby. Mashego also should have been clinical with 2 clear chanses to score. Krol is the best coach but is being failed by our players sometimes.
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 am
Motlokoa

My man you are right when you criticise Krol & just like you I can't be fooled by our current run because though bo makhosikazi are dropping points & leaking goals but we have also dropped points unnecessarily with the many draws we got otherwise we could have being over 50 points by now.
Malokase I don't understand why this boy,he is getting all the chances which he doesn't deserve.yeah again it is that time when VV is going to look good because of Krol tactical inferiority.
The Serbian must be smiling & counting the 3 points already.
Mina I'm not going to the stadium,I will watch this game on tv.
Namibia's Khosi Queen
posted: 01:04 pm
Mmmmmm, i smell a rat...scored in added time?? Luck is running out for this rats as there will be no luck left on Saturday. Orlando Pap Pie-rats Fc aka Penalty Fc and their big mouth supporters will be silenced come Saturday, mark my words.Ama-khosi-khosi...all the way from Namibia
Namibia's Khosi Queen
posted: 01:05 pm
Monday's newspaper headline: Chiefs kills Bugs dead once again and the saga continues....
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