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Pirates and AmaZulu end goalless

Posted: 15 October 2011 Time: 22:04

AmaZulu have held League champions Orlando Pirates to a 0-0 draw in Johannesburg, but the home side were guilty of missing some really good scoring opportunities.

Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs was hardly tested throughout the match and probably struggled to keep himself awake.

Fortunately he did not fall asleep deep into referee’s optional time because this is when AmaZulu had two of their best chances on goal.

Substitute Kagiso Senamela almost broke Pirates hearts during the four minutes of injury time, but overall Usuthu were outplayed by the home side and Roger Palmgren’s men will be very happy to go home with a point.

After 18 minutes Pirates winger Sameehg Doutie had ball in the back of the net, but he was incorrectly called offside and then booked for playing on after the whistle.

Referee Phillip Tinyane did not recover from this mistake and made some poor decisions throughout the match, often leaving the coaches perplexed on the touchline.

In the 22nd minute Lucky Lekgwathi’s headed goal was ruled out for an infringement on the goalkeeper, which to Tinyane’s credit, looked like the correct call.

Andile Jali unleashed a stinging drive in the 32nd minute, which had the beating of Mbongeni Mzimela, only to thunder off the goalkeeper’s crossbar.

In the 55th minute, Thulasizwe Mbuyane couldn’t keep his header down from a good position after he got onto the end of Klate’s cross. A good opportunity missed.

This underpinned an evening in which Pirates lacked composure and correct decision making inside the final third of the field.

With just under fifteen minutes to go, Mbuayne was guilty of missing a very good chance. Klate beat his man on the left and whipped in an inviting cross, but Mbuyane, although he did well to dive towards the ball, the direction was totally off and will go down as a bad miss.

Kagiso Senamela went very close in referee’s optional time, against the run of play, but his powerful attempt flew just over the bar.

Senamela was making his Usuthu return while Stanley Kgatla was on debut for Usuthu. Both came on as second half substitutes. They were signed as free agents after Platinum Stars had released them.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 11:42 pm
@Macford peters i cant agree more with u as i was one of those who hated Kruel n ddnt want management to renew his contract but now i regret ever doing tht bcos with Leal we have turned into this team tht is nt feared anymore hence 2 loses,2 wins n a lot of draws.

Much as Kruel ddnt play an entertaining type of footbal but atleast it was results driven n oriented until this system we using which i realy cant begin to descibe.

Eish its tru when they say u wont realise the value of someone until u loose him/her.

Ichuuuuuuuuu wa nthungela.
posted: 11:43 pm
I'm hap 2 get a point frm pirates. I'v got a concen abt linesman who fail to raise his flag, Hadebe was inj infront of him, myb he was tired. Sylvester Ndaba mst du smtng abt lsman. Usuthu 4 lyf.
posted: 12:07 am
Six goals,in 8 games.Even cosmos scored dis weekend.Cant blame them coz Jele their striker is off form.Who do u blame nw?l guess Gqubule.tltltltl.
posted: 04:04 am
Galaxy of rough donkeys
posted: 04:26 am
rats won the league by fluke with useless bunch of players last season. it's gonna take them another ten years to win the league.
posted: 04:35 am
these Donkeys will never win the league again. This is not last seson when they won games in injury time. And this season Maritzburg's not gonna win the league 4 them.
posted: 06:04 am
Pie rat shoot blanks once again#nufsaid..lol..RISE KHOSI RISE!!
posted: 06:05 am
these somali pirates wl neva win th leauge again,supersport united wants its cup back....they think they r barcelona,
posted: 06:08 am
yha neh..this blog igcwele omasendeni..
posted: 06:22 am
I have never been so angry like this at the coach and we have to support our coaches, but Leal is f@kng wit our team. We as fans we must put pressure on him. If we fail to beat a weak team like Amazulu who we are going to win against then? I am a bucs fan. We must be honest as fans not hide with a thumb this Brazilian is clueless. How do you start the game without a striker? Is Mabena better than Bester? Leal is sh@ting mnx. He promised the best football yet we play k@k. Leal i am starting to doubt your ability. MTN 8 was won by the players that were from Krol's winning spirit. We play slow football like the way you speak mnx
posted: 06:25 am
Lol he he he we ar unstople hehehe we ar barcelona dats bul leal is one cup winner nd a top 8 or relegation fighter no fake treble dis seasn we me mst jst loan u luky khune he is beta dan all rats strikers combind
posted: 06:31 am
leal is fool he must be fired wit immidiate effect the dude does not knw anything abt the game we no longer want u. mr krol wer r u?
posted: 06:32 am
Dis coach must b out of his mind. Hw can he start a game wth no striker. A pair of bester nd drogba cud hav burried amazulu early in da game. Um not convinced wth da coach.
posted: 06:37 am
And da referees,who is bribing thm 2 cheat bucs every game? I dnt remember a single game playd dis season where a ref was fair 2 mighty bucselona. They must b investigatd nd handed punishments
posted: 06:41 am
Sowi rats dnt blame sis lie u team is jst weak with ful of madalas rats mst promote young stars dy hv sme quality young plays in thr developd team hu cn play beta dan madalas
posted: 07:32 am
Krol is a Ghost. He is haunting Rats. Pierats are about to say " Lesilo Rula month Baswing mme o tle Kwano". Tltltltltl. Kwaaaaaakwaaakwaa!
posted: 07:57 am
Poor rats...i wonda who r they going to blame this time.lol...this is like pre-mature ejacul8tion. They celebrated 2 early, bucselona my voet
posted: 08:00 am
Lmao......these rats f**ls r a joke, dey alwys win gmes wit player hu were nt playng in every gme dey draw or luz, da juju cow ws said 2 b da reasn y dey were nt scoring, nw dat he is back n busy eatng grass on da field dey claim drogba wud hve banged in sum goals had he played last nyt. Who is da cursed 1 nw coz da GENERAL is no longer wit these bunch of cows, bo mbuyane. Nw sum of u wl understand dat da best teams win games, nt teams dat depend on luck. A draw is gud enough 4 u rats, ask pitso. Another 2 or 3 points wl be lost by these pie rats on da 2nd of november. I luv soccer coz it is nt a 1 man show. Dnt 4lo me 4lo da birds
posted: 08:01 am
Count us out at ur own peril haters! Leal is going no where! We r nt Champs by fluke as our players worked very hard to win it, the points said it all! It amazes me hw Zebras always forget that their Team exists as well in the same league with all the teams. They mus also not forget that they haven't won the league in nw 7 seasons and are approaching the 10 seasons without a league that they always rant and rave about. Bucs is still on the right track and our combinations r picking up! Chansa's presence made a whole of difference in de team and if only Leal hd started with an out and out striker we'd hv gotten a goal in de first half as Benni is nt an impact kinda player.Bt I promise u we might b down bt not out! Bucs for lyf!
posted: 08:05 am
we kaizer chiefs fanz lv leal n khoza must kip him at all cost bcoz he kips on collecting d results dat we desire, nt 4geting 2 tank pierats strikerz 4 d sterling job dey doing... Chiefs wil win 2day nomakanjan
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