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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...

posted: 05:57 pm
Yeye was flat dat made Chiefs luk bad in da midfield. Pirates r stl on da race provided they win their game
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 05:57 pm
Immediately when i saw Jess lekhekhe pulling her skirt showing the ref her wrinkle thighs thats when i knw that we are gonna be robbed, and guess what happen? Sox was denied a legitimate penalty! Nxaa this bitch!!
posted: 05:57 pm
Mapholoba should have killed them...! Yeye was out, Jali was out! Boring Game. AMAKHOSI 4 life
Dlambili K4L
posted: 05:58 pm
well done khosi abadobhi nex thiz ratz.....
The cheese Pirate
posted: 05:58 pm
Last season we where at our best and we beat chiefs..... This season chiefs is at their best level but they fail to beat us while teams like maluti easly beat even on our worst form chiefs fail to beat then they expect to champs forget it........ U wont win the league when u onli beat teams like chippa and leopards...... Fact in the top three teams plat stars has beat chiefs and pirates has beat plat stars and chiefs hsnt beat non of them showing that they only desrve to be number 3 but wat can we do if they have top criminals like bobby thts why we wer robbed a pen today god job bobby........ Chiefs will win the league with u spending 12million on refs tht u stole at mbombela
posted: 05:58 pm
Shabba...u are a beuty..but I du feel that most of those chiefs chances were a bit stryt to meyiwa...so its not like he was spectacular...
CJB Ramses III
posted: 05:58 pm
Like the 1st derby... Once again we've been robbed... that was a clear penalty....! Referees must enjoy the 4 points they repossesed from us....

Is there still an argument about midfield.... Ace..... so delicious.... was Yeye playing vandag...? How did Senzo get man-of-match when Ace was sooo delicious.......
Professor khosi
posted: 05:59 pm
Wat a boring derby
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 05:59 pm
This draw is good for Chiefs than it is for Pirates but the quality of football was very very poor it was very embarrassing given that the match was watched in many other countries
CJB Ramses III
posted: 06:02 pm
Is there still an argument about midfield.... Ace..... so delicious.... was Yeye playing vandag...? How did Senzo get man-of-match when Ace was sooooo delicious.......
posted: 06:03 pm
Very good game with dissapointing outcome of a draw, I m very with my players , I still have to see the contribution of Siboniso Gaxa going forward,NKhatha dispointing again. Ngcobo was superb player he did well. I missed Lebese on this game.
CJB Ramses III
posted: 06:05 pm
Vinny the psychological aspect of players really needs to be dissected urgently...
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 06:05 pm
Wen last did Pierats win a match?

K4L : let's hear
Tobetsa Khosi
posted: 06:06 pm
Y ddnt giv Jele Red Card???? Y ddnt award penalty to Sox??? ey SA Ref n amateur soccer players aaaaaaiiii tsek maaaaan!!!!
But Khosi Still Marching oooonnn
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 06:06 pm
Chiefs play ########.I am not happy at all,we are defending two points in reality.What will happen if pirates win their next game,the pressure will still be on our back

Chiefs coach is not what i thought he is how can he play with players who doesnt even have ball control ie Basic soccer skills trap the ball close to your leg and easily pass it to your teammate not opposition

I am very worried about Mathoho and masilela always chesttrapping the ball backwards or towards opponents.According to my observation he was supposed to put josta dladla and kaizer jnr at the same time.Josta is good at crosses and kaizer heading in the net

This is only heart attack football.I am only complaining because we were playing deadwoods,we should have beaten this bush rats by three goals minimal

We need powerful strikers who can hit the missiles like ngcobo was doing but now is not given more time in the field.

Not happy at all,at all
posted: 06:06 pm
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 06:07 pm
Makhosi let's face it. Letsholonyane is not as good as we think. At times he is downright useless. This guy likes to play champaign football when it is not necessary. He gives away possession time and again. We were lucky that Chibuku were just useless. Jali was nowhere to be seen and plAyed kak. Otherwise I'm fine with the draw.
Mhlonitjhwa: Treble Champ kwesibili
posted: 06:08 pm
Jali is the best whether u like or nt! Yeye and Katsande bears testimony to that. Them Zebras where completely death they Bobby's Dogs dont even wanna talk about the penalty coz they know that their Jess lekhekhe manipulated the ref very well....
posted: 06:08 pm
Not best of games just not surprised with rats fans who seem 2 think Chiefs were lucky 2 get away with a draw when u have Meyiwa as man of the match. & they get 2 wonder y pirates is playing 2nd fiddle 2 Chiefs this season on the standings but the same ppl praise the ineffective type of football played by their team. Pierats were best team 2 held on the ball but Chiefs dominated clear cut chances hence Senzo was man of the match.
posted: 06:13 pm
Da shabba contact 2 Tlou ws out of da box, so no penalty there
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