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Match report: Orlando Pirates held by AmaZulu

Posted: 28 October 2012 Time: 17:20

Defending champions Orlando Pirates had to make do with a point after drawing 0-0 with bottom-of-the-log AmaZulu on Sunday.

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Usuthu needed Philani Zikalala to make a few excellent saves, as Bucs generally dominated play and created the better scoring chances, but the Durban side deserved the point they picked up.

The first half saw little in the way of goalmouth action, with neither Zikalala nor Moeneeb Josephs called upon to make any kind of notable save.

Josephs had one nervy moment when a poor back-pass from Rooi Mahamutsa nearly allowed Ayanda Dlamini in, while Zikalala also had a bit of a walkabout from his posts, after which he needed to make a desperate challenge to make sure he was not caught out.

The defences definitely had the best of the first 45 minutes, with neither attack able to get out of second gear.

Pirates opted for a change at the start of the second half, sending on Tlou Segolela for the ineffectual Mpho Makola, and the quick winger spiced up their attack.

However, AmaZulu very nearly took the lead on 49 minutes when a Marc van Heerden free kick-hit caught Josephs by surprise and struck him on the head – luckily for the keeper the ball deflected over the top for a corner.

On 63 minutes Segolela aimed a curling shot for the top corner of the net, but Zikakala pulled off an excellent save to tip the ball over the top of the bar. Three minutes later Collins Mbesuma threatened with a quick turn and shot, but Van Heerden made a brave block.

With just over 10 minutes to play, Zikalala pulled off another fine save to keep out a well hit long-range effort from Oupa Manyisa that looked destined to ripple the back of the net as soon as it left the midfielder's right boot.

Pirates' best chance to win the game arrived in the 88th minute when Zikalala came off his line for a cross but did n0t claim it, with the ball falling kindly for Sifiso Myeni, but the winger spooned his effort over the crossbar.

AmaZulu very nearly stole the game against the run of play in injury time, when another free-kick from Van Heerden drew an excellent diving save from Josephs.

Previous comments on this story...

El Kampion
posted: 05:31 pm
My team

You tried boys,izinto za bantu

We forget about this 1,we think about the next game...TKO
Harambe
posted: 05:31 pm
Amazulu are a hard nut to crac for Bucs, Myeni must up his game, good game for Manyisa, otherwise good goal keeping for Zikalala, Vilakazi?????

Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 05:33 pm

The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 05:28 pm | Report
amazulu achieved what they came to Orlando Stadium for, to defend the whole 90 minutes. Being that as it may, I think we were all over the place today. No composure infront of the post. Luck as well was not on our side.
I know them zebras will attack us non-stop for this result. The quest for TTC is still on. Since 1937
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4 sure Champ, the quest for TTC is still on
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 05:33 pm
Galaxy of masepa cant even score a single goal against the whipping boys... Amakhosi 6-0 Amazulu, Gorillas 0-0 Amazulu
dr tmm
posted: 05:33 pm
Am happy with the fighting spirit we were unlucky nd mbesuma has to learn tht he is nt the only 1 who shuld score goals
El Sol
posted: 05:34 pm
Hehehe Josephs le Mahamutsa, Josephs le Vilakazi, Josephs le van Heerden's freekick..akuna Bantu la, amagundane atoothless nje.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 05:34 pm
SIES.....!

I Said it.... Wits favouritism is going to bite us in the ass.... I said it that, that Masalesa boy has a lot to do for me....

Why play Makola....? A player that hasn't played in 3 months....!????

RDS..... Strike 2.... 3 strikes & you're out for me...!
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 05:35 pm

Faka i-safety belt ku driver Kaizer Manje
posted: 05:29 pm | Report
I will shout the question:

WHEN LAST DID GORILLAS WIN AT ORLANDO?

Good Evening to ya'll it was a nice footballing weekend. Tltltltltltltltltltl!
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It was our last game there against Ajax
Harambe
posted: 05:36 pm
Chimpanzeez can losen their asses now, ave beminya labantu, anyways let me go and feed my dog Phefeni i
Inkomo
posted: 05:36 pm
"That will be a nice game, we will be at home. We come from two good results and playing at home will be a chance for us to get the momentum going," Matlaba tells Pirates' offcial website.

kuyayiphuphela lokhu.....
Captain Jack Sparrow
posted: 05:36 pm
Attention Roger!
We want Chinyama partnered with Mbesuma. Not Mabena. And next time start with Sox & Klate on wings. Use Miyeni as impact sub. Anyways, Up the Bucs!
"Since 1937" of course
T'zozo
posted: 05:38 pm
Iyoooooooo.......Sies ! These dogs can't even beat a basement team at home. Amazulu of all teams. The Mighty Chiefs hammered this team 6-0 by the way.


Bwahahahahhahahahahahhahh......heheheheheheheheheheheeheh. Bolaya Amazulu ke dimpya dilo tse. sies
vusiv
posted: 05:39 pm
Eish! I think the referee forgot to award a penalty, that why these morons drew. Where are their gorrilaaaaa.. supporters with big mouths, too ashamed to come out the forest. I was expecting your team to win 15-0 since you said we beat a very weak Amazulu team. Kwaaaaaaa...Kwaaaaa.... Kwaaaaaa.....
T'zozo
posted: 05:40 pm
MaPirates a nyile. Sies !
mthimu
posted: 05:40 pm
WoW !!!!! Chiefs !!!! Catch us if you can madoda , we are sitting right on top , we have the biggest crowd at every game ,just think of it , tickets were sold out days before our game against Maritzbrg . Show me another club that does that and i will give you our position at the top . Khosi 4 Life
The General - Soccer Dude
posted: 05:40 pm

CJB Ramses III
posted: 05:34 pm | Report
SIES.....!

I Said it.... Wits favouritism is going to bite us in the ass.... I said it that, that Masalesa boy has a lot to do for me....

Why play Makola....? A player that hasn't played in 3 months....!????

RDS..... Strike 2.... 3 strikes & you're out for me...!


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Champ i know you're not happy as everyone else in the OP family. I think the coach is doing well to introduce all these players. Just because the boy has never played in 3 months doesn't mean he must no longer play. If we won the game, you wouldn't be worried about his introduction. It was not our day today. The boys tried by all means to press the opposition for that goal but you got to give it to amazulu and their keeper credit. Their game plan worked for them. We will surely do well in our next game.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 05:40 pm
Another week...Kaizer Chiefs in not inside is still on TOP......we are marching on.....kuzonyiwa this season


Harambe
posted: 05:41 pm
For charity I will also feed this hobo Tzozo but he will eat at the same dish with my dog Phefeni
T'zozo
posted: 05:41 pm
They celebrated our draw to a very good MU as if Zodwa has risen from the dead. Hahahahahahhahahahaha..............shapaaaaaaaaaaa Mazulu shaaaaaaaaaapa.

ke dimpya fela dilo tse ! Bolaya Mazulu Bolaya.
ma-hd
posted: 05:41 pm
Vumani bho!

I like it for the Pierats. Pierats is a four skipper.

Soccer does not have therefor. Especially this Katleho ball.

I predicted the score and people said I am grazzy. I know Pierats is good in talking. Action louder than words.

Vumani bho!

Ma-hd: Khosiology
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