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Orlando Pirates and Bidvest Wits draw

Posted: 21 April 2012 Time: 22:09

Orlando Pirates missed the chance to open up a four-point lead at the top of the Premiership after being held to a goalless draw by Bidvest Wits at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night.

In a match dominated by the Buccaneers, the standout players were the Clever Boys’ hard-working defenders and midfielders who ensured that the home team was unable to claim all three points and take a potentially decisive advantage at the head of the log.

The first-half saw little in the way of goalmouth action as both sides struggled to find any kind of attacking rhythm. Other than a couple of half chances, there were no real attacking highlights to speak of.

Wits looked lively down the left through youngster Asive Langwe, who often timed his runs just right to get on the blindside of the Pirates central defenders but was usually let down by poor service from out wide.

As for Pirates, their wingers Tlou Segolela and Daine Klate looked their best route to goal, but the Clever Boys doubled up on them whenever they had the ball and generally did a great job in keeping them quiet.

The best opening of the half went the way of Tokelo Rantie in the 10th minute, but his effort on the turn was neither shot nor cross and didn’t trouble Energy Murambadoro in the Bidvest Wits goal.

The second half followed much the same pattern as the first: Pirates bossed possession but struggled to create chances. Even the introduction of substitutes Dikgang Mabalane, Rudolf Bester and Thulasizwe Mbuyane did little to trouble the Wits backline.

The Clever Boys almost stole the game at the death when Bhongo Jayiya squared a ball for Katlego Pule to shoot, but the youngster put his effort just wide of Moeneeb Josephs’ right-hand post.

Bucs countered with a chance of their own for Bester, but Phillips was able to clear his goal-bound with relative ease after Energy Murambadoro had come off his line somewhat rashly to try and beat the attacker to a long ball.

Previous comments on this story...

TMG 2009
posted: 11:16 pm
Thank you Madrid for a great win...now Barca can kiss the lig gudbye, damn those boys have made us suffer man ijoo...I am the happiest man right now, as for PSL hai kunzima serious whichever team that wins this lig has definitely worked hard for it...whether on the pitch or through BLACK & WHITE envelopes...I guess ur striker DAMON tried to help u but failed to thank him with a win...anyway things will go back to normal one day keep paying ur way to championship RATS!!!
posted: 11:18 pm
I can BET with my fiance Orlando Pirates will win this championship. The so called fans they dont understand football, other teams as well play for different reasons, avoid relegation, top 8, winning the league, top 3 finish etc. Palicios has done well, its the very OP tht many of you have written off to win the league in DEC/ JAN. Well done guys (OP players). We did no loose to PMB united in the sec round we got 3 points thanx 2 BBM bicycle kick strike. 4 games to go.....
posted: 11:21 pm
Our draw is equivalent to loss to Zebras and Sweyts.At least they have something to cellebrate.But we have improved to 2 points at least.
posted: 11:22 pm
@ sbuda

What cup r u talking about? R u mad? We cant rely on zebras cos dey r flops with dier evarage zim players,
posted: 11:24 pm
No league 4 pirates this season, no Vonk's mistakes dat wl help pirates. After next weekend's gmes pirates wl b below da beautiful birds n it wl remain lyk dat untl da league trophy gets handed over to Lifa Tsutsulupa n his team mates. I luv 2nyt's results coz they make me a happy swaiman. Dnt 4lo me 4lo da birds. I am a swaiswai by birth.
posted: 11:26 pm
Nomatter howmany points should seperate Bucs and other teams,the point is we will win the lig.You like it or not Zebras and Flops,live with it.
posted: 11:28 pm
@ zipho
I agree with bacaneers, lets keep on supporting our boys, dey need our support. I know sunkak + zebras n ssport r still goin to kill each other while bucs collecting max points. bucs will win all da remaining games. Bucs rule
posted: 11:28 pm
Am not impessed by the way we play lately. The absence of of Chansa and Mbuyane during these crucial games is not gud @ all. During crucial stages of the league we nid nerve of still players like those I've mentioned. Dissapointed Bhakajuju!
posted: 11:29 pm
Buccaneers let's face facts. We rely on other teams to win the lig and this is not gud.
posted: 11:30 pm
Fee sorry for amakgoshakazi supporters they keep supporting every team that is playing with the "the big team" but get disappointed still sorry once and always
posted: 11:36 pm
@Bucs4 life.....True champ we are almost there.Lets keep rasllying behind our boys.
posted: 11:37 pm
Ukunya kwenu mazebra and ndununu fc!
posted: 11:37 pm
Chomp Toad, it's hypocritical for you to say I was cool when I was on your side, your foreman King, and messelaar Godfada Nespray led the brigade of mocking everything Yellow after the trebble, and we(myself and the Yellow organised family) retaliated with great vengeance and furios anger. He hee heee! Talk about cry ratties.

@Zipho, I would never bet my beautiful curvacious all season rose for Mbuyane, ngeke ngaze ul'khiphe i-Kapper lakho 1nce joe man! LOL.
posted: 11:47 pm
Can someone tell me:Is there any difference between Tzozo and Sweyts?
posted: 11:51 pm
Zebras and Flops can you please read carefuly what the headline of this KO post says?
posted: 11:53 pm
@Sweyts, no big deal bra. I wasn't asking for u to be on my/our side. You on Sundowns side, I'm on Pirates side & Chiefs people are on their team's side.

I was just pointing out that your comments are little more hating than mocking lately but that's no train smash.

Once a Happy Person Always a Happy Ghost
posted: 11:54 pm
Im afraid,but its not bad we still on top its only that we(Bucs) like our Chairman alwayz want more.UP THE BUCS!
posted: 11:56 pm
another draw for Pirates and a win for the yellow machine will mean it's all ova 4 the Ratz. Thank u Wits.
posted: 11:59 pm
Champ Toad......hhawu ndoda why uba-serious manje? Besides.....there is'nt much to hate if ubhekisisa yaz.
posted: 12:19 am

You say no difference between Tzozo & Sweyts because they are always giving you hard?

No offense but in this blog Gee & Nna Yo are Chiefs like me but they always rhyme & u'll bat its one & the same.(Lol)
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