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Pirates and Sundowns draw

Posted: 19 August 2009 Time: 21:31

Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns played out a disappointing goalless draw in their Absa Premiership match at Coca-Cola Park on Wednesday evening, this despite the Brazilians having to play the last 20 minutes of the match with 10 men following the dismissal of Vuyo Mere.

The first half was a dreary affair, with very few efforts on goal. Sundowns played a strangely defensive game, deliberately sitting deep in defence and allowing Pirates to have all the possession they liked, though the Buccaneers rarely posed much of a threat going forward.

Perhaps the biggest talking point of the first half was a blatant kick from Sundowns’ James Mayinga on Happy Jele. The former Moroka Swallows left-back was unimpressed with a rash challenge from Jele and lashed out in response. It was really a red card offence but the match officials failed to spot it.

Perhaps the best effort on goal in the first half came from Teko Modise, the Pirates number 11 whipping a free kick just over Brian Baloyi’s crossbar. The Sundowns goalkeeper made two further saves just before the break though both were pretty straightforward.

The match continued to underwhelm until Pirates introduced Gert Schalkwyk and Sundowns threw on Mabhuti Khenyeza to partner Katlego Mphela up front. The substitutes started to bring the game to life but on 70 minutes Mere brought down Mlungisi Gumbi with a crude challenge and was shown a red card.

From them on Sundowns simply sat back in defence, determined to hold out for the draw. Pirates were unable to find a way through the Brazilians backline and Baloyi had only one notable save to make, punching away Josephy Kamwendo’s injury time shot that looked destined for the top corner.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:49 pm
Where is strikers ?
posted: 10:08 pm
Akufani Mabhakabhaka. Half bread is better than nothing. Next time ligawule libheka boSandawana ngoba alingeke liwumele umsido wamathambo
posted: 10:16 pm
It was disappointing game indeed. Downs won't create many chances when they don't use wing players.
posted: 07:41 am
Ja neh!is this de way my team(downs) going 2 play diz czn?No,no diz coach brought nothin 2 sundowns but mersary.How can we play without winger?No,he is not de rite coach 4 us.Trotovic did diz(bringing stoichkov) intensionaly,he stil want 2 b a coach.How can sundowns play such boring futbal?Wat made me laugh is wen de coach said sundowns playd well and very entertaining futbal.He faild de time wen he brings his assitant coaches.Diz ppl dont know Sundowns style nd culture.Plz motsepe get rid of diz coaches and hire D.Malesela as our head coach nd u wil see wat sundowns is made of...2day i'm heartbroken afta sundowns's pe4omance...It is stil too early 2 make de rite thing,which is firing dat arrogant coach.Guyz let's b honest here Michel was betta compare 2 Stoichkov........Shai@Olievenhoutbosh.ext26..cheers
posted: 08:27 am
Contrary to wat sum loudmouths say, am content with yesterday's display. We are putting 2gether a team and not loosing is a huge plus. wat i heard from the coach in the charity cup is that S.A. players dont konw how to keep the shape. Wat i witnessed yesterday is discipline from players to follow the coach instruction. for that i applaud the lads. Am neither sad nor happy about the display, but we can work from then on. We do ahve the material and vision and haters please go back and support teams u supported before Motsepe brought all his riches to our beloved Mamelodi Sundowns
posted: 08:28 am
It was really a red card offence but the match officials failed to spot it.

"""once again referee on the spot light....mmmmmm"""
posted: 08:30 am
Hey pple can u tel me wht Sundwns wr up to last 9yt i mean comin 4 a drw wth ther 4+5*1 formation thn somone say gd things a comin frm dat defenciv coach sis. Wena Baloyi dont waist tym ther a no penalties here n'wy i dont blam u coz u a frm chips.nd wena Krol bench uMashego nd play uKamwendo ungàzo'sdèlela lapha. Jali ntwana Wenger wants u. Uyababa njengopelepele. Mthembu uyinkomo whr iz Fanteni.
posted: 08:31 am
I said it, the match was a useless 1 as we all knew what was the result gonna be after 90 min. What difference does it makes to play 0-0 draw and not to play at all and share the 1 point.
The game as I said was played to honor the fixture..klar!!!!
posted: 08:35 am
mkhize: 2009-08-20 08:27

You are one of those who are following any shit a coach will bring to sundowns. If another coach were to brought in and he says something, you would applaud him..typical of sundowns fans
posted: 08:50 am
Playing vuyo ahead of Pelembe and cheeseboy was a clear sign that Downs had travelled for a draw...sis...the coach says.. "I was happy with the way the boys played..blah..blah "..my foot!!Pie-rats on the other hand were disappointing really... the coach should build his team around skillful and talented Kamwendo...not Teko who just runs aimlessly. Otherwise 4 out possible 6 is not bad....the Sky is the Limit!!!!!!
posted: 10:31 am
KaMashobane 2009-08-20 08:50

Wat d hell r u sayin'?"Teko runs aimlessly".u knw wat Mkhulu u r d 1 of many people who r jealous of Teko includin'[Baba mthethwa n Gavin HUNT],is it bcos he talented n popular or wat?.its lyk whn people r watchin' pirates,thy only watch each n every move Teko makes.cam on guys jst leave d guy n hs talent alone PLS.
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