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Orlando Pirates draw 1-1 with Free State Stars

Posted: 17 April 2013 Time: 21:25

Orlando Pirates lost further ground on log leaders Kaizer Chiefs following a 1-1 draw with Free State Stars at Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday night.

The home side had taken the lead through former Buccaneer Paulus Masehe, but Pirates levelled through a dubious penalty converted by Collins Mbesuma on 79 minutes.

It was a sixth successive draw for Pirates and leaves them six points behind Kaizer Chiefs with five games remaining.

Both sides found their rhythm relatively quickly, but a lack of incision in the final third meant clear scoring chances were hard to come by in the first half hour.

Stars saw midfielder Sihle Mpuqa head over from a corner-kick, while Pirates created a couple of half-chances for the likes of Takesure Chinyama and Onyekachi Okonkwo.

On the half-hour mark Bucs had the first clear opening, with Okonkwo’s lob over the defence sending Mpho Makola through on goal, but with only Kennedy Mweene to beat he pulled his shot wide.

On 32 minutes Ea Lla Koto punished some slack defending and broke the deadlock. Pirates dealt poorly with a corner kick and Paulus Masehe was left free to drive home a half-volley from a tight angle.

Stars should have gone into the break two goals up as Luyolo Nomandela had a great chance in injury-time, but a heavy touch when through on goal allowed Senzo Meyiwa to smother the ball.

Pirates started the second half brightly and Daine Klate threatened a couple of times; first curling a cross-cum-shot just off target, and then a few minutes later forcing Mweene into a good save.

Dove Wome then flashed a shot across the face of goal before Pirates were handed something of a gift when Mpuqa was harshly penalised for hand-ball in the box, allowing Mbesuma to convert from the spot.

On 83 minutes Mbesuma should have put Bucs ahead as he powered a header wide of the target from close range after a great cross by Makola, while Nomandela had a goal ruled out for offside when replays suggested it was legitimate.

Previous comments on this story...

Like it or not, Shaba is a National Icon
posted: 09:38 pm
Ildisciplined coach, ildisciplined players, ildisciplined bench, ildisciplined fans, ildisciplined captain is the cause of this poor showing.
phefeni boyz
posted: 09:38 pm
Ligue is a marathon lol wheels are coming off
AlQaeda 2012/13 PSL Champ
posted: 09:38 pm
Now chiefs just need a draw with plate Nama stars....9 points to eliminate pierats
The President
posted: 09:41 pm
Don't worry Mabhakaniya, you now have 6 points in hand.
posted: 09:41 pm
They won last league with these dubious penalties but these noisy things always tell us about Bamnjee, well fukc Bamnjee Khoza is pushing bags of bribes.
Milutin Sredojević (HLABARINTO)
posted: 09:41 pm
Just wait until Irvin Khoza gives Orlando Pirates the most consistent team of the
season award at the end of the season... (1L * 6D) = Orlando Pirates
gotze p2
posted: 09:42 pm
roger de draw deserves a vuvuzela on da bck of his head for hw he reacted, compare him to steve kompela cool calm as ever. Anada luck draw for the rats.

Soybambela thina platinum stars.
Shappa khosi shappa!!!!
The Godfather
posted: 09:43 pm
If players don't respect the coach, least they can do is respect the badge. What's with total lack of commitment and the desire to win...yes we played with a depleted squad, bt drawing tonyt's match was nt part of the script.

Platinum stars will win the league, and dat will suit me just fine.
posted: 09:43 pm
They were helped by a refere again to atleast manage a draw......nc nc nc kunzima @ Gayfair
El Sol
posted: 09:44 pm
After Losing to Maluti FET, Roger de Sa said 'we need to go back to the drawing board' and they indeed did go back to the DRAWing board (no pun intended).
posted: 09:45 pm
I lyk it wen da editor says a dubious penalty nd legitimate goal being ruled out 4 offside,I suspect match fixing here,our standard of reffering is become poor by a game..
bebeto no7 de Champ
posted: 09:45 pm
Drawlando Pirates is dead n out pls stop sayin ur still in de race cos its Chiefs n Platinum only!k4l
Magaya: The Double Winner
posted: 09:45 pm
Hay I Nomandela's touch and run reminds me of one Emeka Mamale of FS Stars. Can't wait to see him at Nature a next season.

K4L as we RTG!!!
Glamour dude
posted: 09:45 pm
Orlandraw Pirates saved by brown envelope once again.where are the rats who were running naked here,Nebo,Maminzela,Harambe nd th rest.I can't for Mazembe to put the final nail in the..........RTG
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:45 pm
Football kit manufactures have to come into the spotlight for closer scrutiny.... In an almost negligible way, me thinks they also contribute to the somewhat lowly standard of African football... 

The issue of context is one that I want to highlight regarding... I believe that manufacturers conduct all their testing & design in Europe/north America essentially tailor making the kit fir those conditions, the pitches, the physiology of the players etc...

Meaning at the end of the day, as Africans we merely receive the bulk services & by-products thereof... essentially getting what you're given...

At best, our players get endorsements from these manufacturers, or that the ready-made materials get a superficial African print or patina in a meager attempt to appease place & context...

One will never come across kit-makers designing for Kikuyi grass, or the foot of an African player, even the skin... all these things react differently for Caucasians to Africans...

I remember when Bafana separated from Adidas... I proposed that why not manufacture our own uniform... this idea would have had so many beneficial spin-offs not only football-wise but economically as well...

Football brainiacs will tell you that it's the small things that make the difference & this aspect of kit I believe is one of them...

The silent protest continues... but for the sake of our date with history 40K voices will break the silence.... BIG.. BIG... BIG...
posted: 09:45 pm
Where is game in hand fc?
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 09:46 pm
@ Gold & Black Rhino... Dd u count da ref optional time Khosi?
posted: 09:46 pm
The treble champions are treble on the log,well done boys you are coming alright compare to the last Orlandraw is the team of the moments,draw specialist .
Diza coach of the season,wow aa middle finger,Mr Khoza thanks for bringing Disa to Orlandraw Pierats
CHIEF [Ma-Shimis@Khosi]
posted: 09:47 pm
Point on hand FC. Is there still any point on hand? Please gorillas talk to me!!! Is there still any point on hand?
posted: 09:47 pm
Ha ha ha ha tli tli, this pierats is run school club. They rushed Sangweni to play in a derby when he had not fully recovered, now see he is not available for many more games. Pie rats must go play rugga bolo to learn the basics of football
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