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PSL match report: Kaizer Chiefs draw with Orlando Pirates in Soweto Derby

Posted: 9 March 2013 Time: 17:41

Senzo Meyiwa won man of the match as Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates drew in the Soweto Derby on Saturday.

The match got off to a predictably scrappy start, with both teams taking a while to settle.

Reneilwe Letsholonyane was the first with a chance on goal, a long-range effort in the ninth minute that went well wide.

Both coaches were on their feet in the first 20 minutes, in an attempt to get their teams to calm the pace of the game down.

On 15 minutes Daine Klate took a free-kick from outside the box, which made it over the wall, but was easily gathered by Itumeleng Khune.

Bucs lost Thulasizwe Mbuyane on 20 minutes, after he injured his thigh in a tackle and was replaced by Tlou Segolela.

Siyabonga Sangweni had a chance on 23 minutes, after Segolela floated a corner in, but his strong headed effort at the back post went wide.

Shortly after, Segolela had a chance of his own, when he beat his man on a mazy cross-goal run, but he pushed his shot just wide.

Kingston Nkhatha was stretchered off the pitch on 26 minutes with a knock after a clash with Sangweni. ‘Shabba’ took the free-kick, but it was punched away by Senzo Meyiwa. Chiefs kept it in play, but could not work the ball into a dangerous area, and it was cleared.

Shortly after that Siboniso Gaxa had a foray into the area, but he was well covered by the Pirates defence, and Thabo Matlaba and Senzo Meyiwa combined to disposses him.

Tshabalala was next with a chance, and after running in on the wing he had a close-range shot, under pressure from Matlaba, but he used his left foot and it was an awkward effort, straight at Meyiwa at the near post.

The chance of the half came from Matlaba, when five minutes before half-time he sent a dipping, long-range thunderbolt through on goal, but it was just over the bar – much to Khune’s relief.

Klate and Matlaba had half-chances on goal after that, as Pirates came into the match.

Already on a yellow, Happy Jele was lucky not to be sent off just before half-time, after a late challenge on Bernard Parker.

Tshabalala sent in the resulting free-kick, a great delivery that found the head of Morgan Gould; it was a powerful attempt, but wide.

Early in the second half, Klate and Ndumiso Mabena combined in front of goal, but after a promising one-two Mabena sent the ball back to Klate, and it was over his head, the oportunity lost.

Amakhosi had a great chance on the hour mark, when Sthembiso Ngcobo cut the ball back on the edge of the area, looking for Parker, but the ball fell to Tshabalala, who pumped a shot into the box. Meyiwa made a fantastic acrobatic save high to his left, palming the ball out wide. Ngcobo gathered and had a second attempt, but blazed it over the bar.

And Chiefs had another chance soon after, when the ball was launched into the box and Meyiwa failed to gather, dropping the ball after a clash with a Chiefs player. After a desperate goalmouth scramble the ball was cleared off the line by Klate.

Pirates had a slurry of chances after that. First, a free-kick was sent in by Segolela, curving around to Khune's far post. Khune could not hold onto it, and in the resulting scramble Bucs came close to finding the net, but the ball went out for a corner.

Bucs then had three corners in succession, with Collins Mbesuma, Klate and Oupa Manyisa all trying their luck, but the ball was finally cleared.

With two minutes to go, Willard Katsande sent the ball over the bar from a corner, after going up for the ball with Meyiwa and winning the header.

Chiefs came into the game in the final few minutes – Meyiwa pulled off a great save from a stinging shot from range – but Amakhosi could not convert their attacks into goals and the match ended 0-0.

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Previous comments on this story...

I hate chiefs with a passion
posted: 02:09 pm
De-Bull go and have an affair with a horse so that your children can run July handicap you no nothing about soccer stupid
posted: 02:14 pm
Of course...if he was a man of the match that clearly means AMAKHOSI were on yop of the RATS and were saved by their keeper...nothing special about SENZO...if it was not for him then...they would be crying by now
Champ Loxion wa lekhosi
posted: 04:03 pm
Chiefs players must learn to pick a spot I mean they were shooting straight to Meyiwa but away I wasn't suprised when Senzo said he's happy with one Points.
posted: 07:56 am
rats supotas birds give u the hiding when u pack the bus. so if any team uses they tactics is boring u thinks u are special f......k u . every method is good as long it suites the the other team to get victory . they can play all the keepers if need be. u win the league with one goal a match. u give Djabolo 9 goals u are galaxy , we beat other PSL teams we are weak. please leave what other team victories
posted: 08:05 am
rats plez how come Senzo got the man of match if Chiefs was defending. why Jali or Manyisa not won it. if u was Khune u will say Gorillas was attacking the pack bus(Zebras). please don't be stupid with your comments. look and plez leave jessica or personal attack. unanalize the match.
posted: 08:10 am
some rats sapotas says Khune was worried about Matlaba's short. u don't say Senzo save us sure shorts at goal by Chiefs, that is why he won man of the match. don't let the world see your empty brain tin.
Win or Loose - PSL 2012/2013 Chief
posted: 08:16 am
"Back to the drawing board" Mabena said
Win or Loose - PSL 2012/2013 Chief
posted: 08:17 am
"Chiefs is playing during the day, what a lovely draw" Shakes Kunguane
Win or Loose - PSL 2012/2013 Chief
posted: 08:18 am
"Pieretes must wear white or black jersey, not red jersey" Jerry Skhosana
posted: 08:31 am
Born Rat(Buccaneer) and the other rats sapotas plez stop saying Chiefs were packing the bus go Borrow Maluti FET college brain to uses it wisely. u uses this tactics against Matsatsantsa why don't you say we (rats) pack the bus
posted: 08:42 am
Mabena and Mbesuma killed us and I just fail to understand why Mabena is prefered ahead of the evergreen Ntshumayelo or Chinyama.
posted: 08:53 am
Chiefs always struggle against better organised teams and they have tough games up for them. I see them dropping points, while pirates will have their squad reinforced and the CAF champions league won't deter the team from focusing on the league. it should be an interesting finish.
Namibia's Khosi Queen
posted: 09:48 am
Chiefs still leading with 5 points in the bag after the Derby. Not a game in hand...the way the Rats have played against Maluti, Swallows and Celtic, i see those 3 points are not guaranteed. Rats only play well against the Mighty Amakhosi and that's a FACT as FAT as Bennie Mcfatty is
Queen \"Royal\\" Glamour Gal
posted: 01:08 pm
The man of the match in this game was goalkeeper, and if the opposition goalkeeper is voted man of the match, it means we were attacking and creating goal scoring opportunities, we were denied goals by some good goalkeeping work
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