Pirates, Wits draw a blank


Following their 1-0 defeat at the hands of Golden Arrows in the opening round of League fixtures, it at least arrested a run of two defeats after Bucs lost 2-1 to SuperSport United in the MTN 8 quarterfinals as well.

It was the first time these two teams had featured in a 0-0 draw since August 1999 – some nine years – but it wasn’t for a lack of attacking threat from both sides, more a lack of composure in front of goal.

Wits should have taken the lead in the 12th minute as a driving run from Clifford Mulenga ended with Sibusiso Mahlangu collecting the ball 10 yards out.

But instead of trying to place his shot, the midfielder blasted it wide of Moeneeb Josephs’ goal.

The Clever Boys’ Brazilian midfielder Fabrice Rodrigues went narrowly wide with an excellent 30-yard free-kick that had the beating of Josephs, but also slipped just past the post.

Lehlohonolo Seema had Pirates’ best chance of the half when he slipped his marker at the corner, but he put his free header over the bar when he should have at least hit the target.

Lindokuhle Mkhwanazi flashed a long-range effort wide just before halftime as the home side finished the opening half the stronger.

Rudzani Ramudzuli had a wonderful chance to score just minutes into the second half when he was put clear on goal, but he seemed in two minds whether to chip or shoot past Energy Murambadoro, and in the end did neither as the ball floated harmlessly over the bar.

Murambadoro then missed a floating free-kick at his back post, but once again Seema wasted the header opportunity.

History was made in the 66th minutes when new Bucs signing Adriano Peres became the first player from the Cape Verde to feature in the South African top flight as he replaced the ineffective Ramudzuli.

The sting went out of the game late on, though Pirates did have a shout for a penalty in injury time, but referee Daniel Bennett ruled the foul on Teko Modise had been committed just outside the area. Modise wasted the free-kick opportunity.