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CAF Champions League Orlando Pirates v Esperance

Posted: 5 October 2013 Time: 17:15

Orlando Pirates will take heart from their second half performance as they take a 0-0 scoreline into the second CAF Champions League semifinal against Esperance.

The Tunisians created the better chances early on, while Pirates enjoyed much time on the ball.

As early as the ninth minute, Esperance striker Joseph N'djeng-N'djeng was allowed time and space on the ball, with his left-footed strike hitting the roof of the net.

Despite the early warning, the home side was again on the backfoot as Oupa Manyisa lost possession just a minute later. The North Africans launched an attack and when Manyisa tried to recover the ball, Ace hit it forward and N'djeng was put through one-on-one with Senzo Meyiwa.

Fortunately for Bucs, Meyiwa was at his best to make a save from N'djeng's attempt.

After that, no real chances were created until the 36th minute when Pirates finally managed to get the better of the Esperance defence.

Manyisa and Daine Klate combined down the left wing, with the latter whipping in a cross for Sifiso Myeni but Ntsunda's header was well wide.

The score was 0-0 at the break.

Bucs started the second half the better side, but at this point Esperance had decided to park a bus making it difficult for the Soweto side to create clear cut chances.

In fact, it took all of 20 minutes in the second stanza for Pirates to come close to scoring. Manyisa tried his luck from distance, but his shot was wide in the 65th minute.

Moments later, Tlou Segolela, who had replaced Myeni, had a penalty appeal turned down after crossing the ball and the Esperance defender appeared to handle the ball as he went down.

Chances were far and few between, but Pirates continued to dominate possession.

With four minutes to go of regulation time, Segolela's unexpected cross from the right was missed by Bacela, who was just behind as the ball went past in front of goal.

Thabo Matlaba almost stole it for Bucs at the death, but his thunderous strike was well saved by Moez Ben Cherifia.

That was it as it ended goalless.

Pirates: Senzo Meyiwa, Happy Jele, Thabo Matlaba, Rooi Mahamutsa, Siyabonga Sangweni, Thandani Ntshumayelo (Makola 78th), Oupa Manyisa, Andile Jali, Sifiso Myeni (Segolela 63rd), Daine Klate, Lennox Bacela

Esperance: Moez Ben Cherifia, Mohamed Ali Ben Mansour, Sameh Derbali, Khalil Chemmam, Chamseddine Dhaouadi, Khaled Mouelhi, Houcine Ragued, Harrison Afful, Ossama Darragi (Msakni 66th), Joseph N'djeng (Akaichi 79th), Youssef Blaili (Akremi 90th)

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2013-10-06 05:45:24

Had it occur that team Pirates is inferior to Esperance's 65 000 supporters/fans, then the ship could sink and that would mean Pirates had failed themselves at home. Thet Orlando stadium still showed patches of empty seats and that as it is shows thay the Bucs haven't won much of their supporters' heart or perhaps they just don't have that much of support system of about 40K.

On their visit to Esperance, surely there won't be much of supporters unless Pirates itself intervene and take this as a trip with fans other than just a game. Bucs leadership should come-up with a plan to entice their supportes and in all fairness meet them halfway pricewise so that they may have some support at Tunis

posted: 2013-10-06 05:48:40

Since the death of mzayoni, there hasn't been any bucs support carrier to keep the momentum of support to Bucs. I'd like to believe that, the Tsonga lady just can't campaign on herself or with the few they have. The support system is much poor and need serious attention

posted: 2013-10-06 06:29:25

I think this Reclaiming the star guy need to stop commenting cos he doesn't know soccer if u check after the game Esperance team stayed on the field and had a team talk bcos they were not happy that they didn't score

posted: 2013-10-06 07:32:29

"We switched it off a few times near the end there, " Haibo! These players switch off when they lose or win? Its becoming a habit."

Fumigator {#Komphela Is A Spaza Shop Coach}
posted: 2013-10-06 07:41:38

I once told him that but you know rodents are known to be persistant.

posted: 2013-10-06 08:15:16

U failed to beat this team in ur own backyard how do expact that u can them in their backyard n we hv seen how sharp is this team!

posted: 2013-10-06 08:50:52

Even in Tunisia will be 11 against 11 in the pitch and they will not be as defensive in their backyard. We still have a chance Magebhula, most impotantly we did not concede so they will play to win and open the game even more.

posted: 2013-10-07 05:49:57

De Sa applied a defensive tactical plans by starting with Manyisa, Ntshumayelo and Jali. This shows that the technical team had a primary wish of not conceding goal at Orlando. 

for sure a final score of 0 - 0 was a better results for Bucs than 1 - 1 or 2 - 2

Come next round in Tunisia, no one will park a bus at the back. And that is a type of game where pirates score goals.

posted: 2013-10-07 10:49:49

Where was Bacowla? That guy has reached his season tally and will score again next season

posted: 2013-10-07 10:50:57

Locomotive do you even go to the stadium? lol

posted: 2013-10-07 10:51:59

Reclaiming the Star Why couldnt Bucselona unlock that defense? The so called fluke Chanmpions

posted: 2013-10-07 10:53:05

Reclaiming the Star its called park a buss not pack ya Braaipack hau

posted: 2013-10-07 10:55:43

SencoPation they already have two penalties so you must be prepared to score

posted: 2013-10-07 11:56:32

the moral is down at Pirates. some players refused to greet the crowd after the match.

Floyd Mbele is back.

posted: 2013-10-07 11:57:33

The crowd was disappointing for a continental tournament semifinal. It was like watch Pirates vs Sundowns.

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