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CAF Champions League match report: Orlando Pirates draw at home with AC Leopards

Posted: 20 July 2013 Time: 22:08

Orlando Pirates were dominant against AC Leopards, but walked off the field with just one point in their goalless first match of the CAF Champions League group stage.

Pirates had their first corner right after the start, but Leopards defended well to clear. On the other end, the Congo Brazzaville side showed their intentions in the third minute when Heritier Seda put in cross and as Bucs defenders lost their way in the box, Rudy Bhebey Ndey shot over the bar.

In the 11th minute, Daine Klate beat the offside but couldn’t hold on to the ball and the chance was gone.

Pirates had a scare in the 22nd minute, but the Bucs faithful, in the end, breathed a sigh of relief when Junior Mouzita attacked from the left and given space to take a shot which ricocheted off the crossbar to safety.

Not to be outdone, Bucs had their best chance of the half in the 42nd minute but the chance was missed. Sifiso Myeni beat the defenders down the left, but Klate, who could have finished, was a bit forward and the ball went just behind him.

The score was 0-0 at the interval.

Pirates came out for the second half a different side and created chances from the word go. New signing Lennox Bacela’s header was cleared off the line in the 49th minute.

It was all Bucs at this stage.

The Soweto giants had a glorious opportunity in the 65th minute, but Bacela fluffed it. Bucs had a quick counter attack after a throw in by Leopards with Myeni, who didn’t waste time putting in a cross and Bacela was left with the easiest job, but shot straight at the goalkeeper.

For the umpteenth time, Pirates had another chance in the 83rd minute but Oupa Manyisa’s attempt was blocked inside the box.

In the end, though, it wasn’t Pirates’ day as both sides shared the spoils.

Orlando Pirates XI: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Ayanda Gcaba, Thandani Ntshumayelo (Mabena 83rd), Andile Jali, Oupa Manyisa, Sifiso Myeni, Daine Klate (Masuku 75th), Lennox Bacela.

AC Leopards: Lawrence Ngoe, Ulrich Mombo, Boris Ngounga, Rudy Bhebey Ndey, Cesaire Gandze, Hermann Nkodia, Childran Miangounina, Chardin Mfoutou, Herman Lakolo, Heritier Seda (Bienvenu Kombo 70th), Junior Mouzita (Eric 62nd)

Booked: Mfoutou.

Previous comments on this story...

Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 10:22 pm
Orlando Stadium is not the "sloughter house" that we are made to believe it it... hehehehehhe can't wait to see more of Bacela

Yoh that Leopards was just defending,Meyiwa hardly troubled

Gold | Bold | Glamour
posted: 10:23 pm
Inkosi iyazi esikudingayo, inkosi iyaziiii esikudingayooooooo!!!!!
posted: 10:23 pm
IbringIt/2012/13 Champ!!!
posted: 10:23 pm
Lennox "Van Persie" Bacela wont improve,this is the same typa football he was playing @ Celtic,missing obvious chances,a real "defensive striker" as they call them these days.
As for the rest of the team they played very well but lacked that firepower upfront,no precision in their finishing. Je Sa shouldve given Mbesuma a run maybe he wouldve buried one of the many chances the team created,but no,he brought on another DS in Mabena.
Guess lady luck has turned her back on the Raties and looks like shes gonna hold that pose for a very long time.
Black Is Black Is Back Is Ugly!!!!

Khosi leli!!!!
Lacoste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 10:23 pm
Not convinced by their performance, very disjointed piece of play. No combination play, they just play for fun I guess. None of Rats players lift the hands today. Bacela will be dangerous if used wisely. I am very patriotic fan, I was shouting for the rats tonight.
posted: 10:24 pm

a defender Knoroxx
Bacela.......hehehehe. They failed
against DRC's Black Leopards....


my friend umathile hayi kancani....ac leopard are from congo brazzaville not drc
Dark Patch
posted: 10:24 pm
Some Zebras are running naked with ###### up their *sses in this article. This is ACL, we don't need your inputs.
posted: 10:24 pm
This Panty team doesn't have strikers...
posted: 10:26 pm
im a bucs fan but i think zebras will play interesting football not ths kak we played tonight...pirates played crap and i dont see them making it to the semis bayanya marn aba
posted: 10:27 pm
Lase ka Limba
posted: 10:27 pm
Try next time. Maybe they were saving themselves for next weekend's game. They so eager to depend the black label cup
Lacoste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 10:28 pm
The fans must just forget about the star not this time around sorry guys. It is not going to happen not sorry. Roger da Sa does not know how to be successful unlike Rudi Krol who made meaningful changes to get the team going.
Dark Patch
posted: 10:28 pm
Abo Klate and Manyisa must up their game. You can't miss those sitters knowing what's at stake. It is going to be difficult going forward
posted: 10:28 pm
Lol ai segolela agqokile ngisho zinto ze pierates ei ngoke ngibone kogcinaphi kule nsizwa
posted: 10:28 pm
Pietats supporters failed to make a quarter of supporters in the stadium yet they are busy bosting that they are true supporters,okay wait ,leet them see how are we going to fill the stadium full.let thhem seat at home badle umgqakaazo there is nothing that you can get from them.
Thanks God for making me to choose Chiefs as a team that I must support,thanks for giving that intelligence choice.
Rio da General
posted: 10:29 pm
We should have borrowed dem Majoro n Musona even Nkatha wil hv dne better 2day.
posted: 10:30 pm
1. Pirates jersey do not have a number in front.
2. AC jersey show sponsor logo in front.
3. I hope it is not offence for OP. Otherwise, we would get three point at the boardroom from the disqualification of AC.

4. RDS can't see the way forward. Can he beat Zamalek and Al Ahly with this approach?
5. Why is the used condom still being used. RVP Mabena is a Vodacom material.

Donald Duck
posted: 10:30 pm
Free agent striker misses a sitter, mice will have 1 draw and 5 losses in this group.
posted: 10:30 pm
Nd whrz vodacom on rats shirt?
Like it or not, Shaba is a National Icon
posted: 10:31 pm
What a Nice game to watch. This team was a toughie. Good luck in the 2nd roung my noisy neighbors. SA needs success in Africa. Go for it my enemies.
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