Bucs off to a bad start

Orlando Pirates

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.