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Posted: 26 October 2013 Time: 14:41

Bragging rights were put on ice as Kaizer Chiefs drew 1-1 with Orlando Pirates in a physical Soweto Derby at FNB Stadium on Saturday.

Amakhosi striker Kingston Nkhatha controversially cancelled out Kermit Erasmus's 10th minute opener shortly before the break.

Nkhatha, who was repeatedly booed by some Chiefs fans, netted from an offside position but that was not the opinion of the match officials and the goal stood.

The result leaves Chiefs, the champions, fourth on the table with 12 points from seven games - three points behind pace-setting neighbours Moroka Swallows, who have played an extra game.

Champions League finalists Bucs are on four points, having only honoured three Premiership fixtures due to their commitments in CAF's premier club competition.

Pirates pressed in the early stages of the Soccer City showdown, with Rooi Mahamutsa drawing a save from Amakhosi goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune with a useful shot six minutes in.

A minute later Mahamutsa had to make a crucial cover tackle to deny Nkhatha an opportunity to pull the trigger, while Chiefs midfielder George Lebese dragged an effort wide moments later.

However, Bucs took the lead soon after, as Erasmus clinically steered in a left-wing cross from the overlapping Thabo Matlaba.

Erasmus should have done better midway through the stanza but he ballooned his effort from the edge after the area after being teed up by Khetokwakhe Masuku.

Glamour Boys attacker Siphiwe Tshabalala threatened soon after as he squeezed an attempt just wide of the post from range.

Nkhatha, however, hit back at his critics when he tapped in a Tshabalala cross from close range in the 41st minute, putting Chiefs 1-0 up at the recess.

Stuart Baxter's men started the second period brightly, with Nkhatha drawing a block from Senzo Meyiwa with a speculative strike in the
53rd minute.

A minute later Bucs hitman Lennox Bacela's curling effort on the angle triggered a sharp stop from Khune.

Tempers flared around the hour-mark as players from both sides got into a mass pushing contest after a midfield scrap turned ugly, but control was soon restored.

Pirates winger Tlou Segolela nearly set up fellow substitute Sifio Myeni with an inviting cross from the right in the 74th minute, but the latter was unable to convert at full stretch.

Boths teams struggled for ideas in the latter stages, as the match fizzled out as a spectacle.

Livefyre comments on this story...

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-26 14:04:20

Great defending by Nkatha so far......

@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-26 14:05:12

Just need Myeni,tlou, maselesa to finish off these dead zebras

posted: 2013-10-26 14:09:36

We look too relaxed now, we donder this baboons to give them full 90 minutes perspiration. buccaneer for life till I become PRO

Bucaneer 2.0
posted: 2013-10-26 14:10:15

Why r we on a defensive mode against undergods?

posted: 2013-10-26 14:12:32


@Bongz # Bucs
posted: 2013-10-26 14:12:54

Clear offside yet again

posted: 2013-10-26 14:13:52

That's the only way to beat Pirates, offside goals!

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-10-26 14:14:39

you can't silence critics by scoring in offside. that was a clear offside Mr ref.

posted: 2013-10-26 14:15:47

Ai that one is offside...khosi for life though

posted: 2013-10-26 14:17:19

Brown Envelope I detest it big time. How on earth can that be considered as a goal?

DaSheppy Wadawana
posted: 2013-10-26 14:19:10

Watching the match on TV. That was a big Oooooooofside by miles

congo brazaville
posted: 2013-10-26 14:19:30

one of the best derby in the world?2-3 meter offside? come on south Africans.u cant fool the whole world.

posted: 2013-10-26 14:21:10

deezle  Dankie Khosi...

New age blogger
posted: 2013-10-26 14:24:15


Poetic Galaxy
posted: 2013-10-26 14:24:40

Wow, ref in play again.

Glamour Boy
posted: 2013-10-26 14:25:38

Nkatha can say that we talk too much but he was offside, he still need to work little bit harder to convince us.

Jim Jones The Pirate
posted: 2013-10-26 14:27:12

brown envelope goals are back. Those of us who have been watching the derby for longer than 20 years are familiar with this sight.  Mr molefe and Mr bobby motaung's cell phone records need to be scrutinised.

my bone is white,blood red,skin black true baccane
posted: 2013-10-26 14:27:53

Offiside official to chiefs,but 6 -1 believe it or not

Poetic Galaxy
posted: 2013-10-26 14:28:54

I have seen this sights before as well.

What a spectacular goal by Nkatha and the ref.

posted: 2013-10-26 14:29:16

 that's an offside,blame the linesman #KhosiIRemain

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