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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...

posted: 04:19 pm
Whoever put this on should define what constitutes bad start...AC Leopards are halfway thru their season nd the boys haven't had a official game in months...but we we're all over them. Bacela looks a fanstatic acquision. Will beat them at their home ground. God bless Adidas our gear looks proper even without the Vodacom emblem on it! M swipping it nex week.

Black is ###### back....say somethhing zebras....or shud I say eggs LoL

Up the Bucs till Bobby stops bribing referess.
posted: 04:53 pm
boys played well. lets fight again till we get the*
posted: 07:32 pm
It beats logic why Khoza seems myopic on the degeneration of a mighty team due to a clueless coach he perceives can take the club to the top. In short, the coach has just started with his draws that will see Pirates being eliminated from the Champions league. what business did Pirates have losing to both Maritzburg and Chippa United, what kind of a coach loses a match he was leading 3-1 with 3 minutes left, what kind of a coach reserves players for another match whilst having to collect some points before his prioritized game? this coach, truth be told, has no credentials nor the clout to carry big a ship as Orlando pirates, his shoulders just can't carry the load. Khoza, do the honourable thing and relieve this coach of his duties before we get further embarrassment and degenerate into a useless team that struggle for a win against the likes of Amazulu and new comers Pillars or Aces. What coach plays three defensive midfielders with one of them as a striker whilst able natural strikers are benched. Lord behold, a half fit natural striker is more effective than crowding the game with midfielders. Please Khoza, there's no point to prove with this coach of yours....he is an utter failure through and through unless you feel comfortable with draws, then keep him.
Tico MP
posted: 08:15 am
K Bhaka
posted: 08:23 am

posted: 10:17 pm

i am a chiefs fan, TO BE HONESt, pirates were gun blazing today, the lack a finisher. this game was thiers. hard luck mabhakaniar. rogers has the mind, bt the players ar tired, the like of manyisa n klate hhay cha.
Thank you for your honesty,you are a real soccer fan not this people who always critisize for nothing,when players do good they still complain.

Bucs we must be patient,i saw a lot of potential and with time we will do well.Lets give Roger a chance
posted: 08:32 am
Yho what a game on Saturday I don't care who says what the guys play their socks out it was only the goals were not coming. If we can take weekend game through out we can go far. On Saturday we will bit Zebra force watch, up the bucs.
posted: 09:16 am
RDS you are not fit for pirates is too big for u pls you must go we don't want you. khoza pls we need coach not a joke.
posted: 10:24 am
it never rains but pours in some teams :-)
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