AmaZulu and Pirates end goalless

Pirates showed no signs of leg-weariness after their successful exertions against SuperSport United in the Telkom Cup on Saturday night and started this match full of running.

The AmaZulu defence was on high alert from the start as their opponents ran at them at will. Daine Klate and Chiukepo Msowoya put some strain on the AmaZulu back-four in early exchanges.

But it was Msowoya who was the stand-out figure in the first half; the Malawian striker had some great chances to put the Buccaneers ahead but squandered the lot.

In the 17th minute the AmaZulu marking failed to pick him up but he directed his header from Mbuyane’s cross wide.

Msowoya could have made amends five minutes later instead he placed another header off the mark, on this occasion Happy Jele supplied the cross.

Mbuyane powered past Bukasa Kasongo on the right flank in the 36th minute and played a pass into the path of Msowoya.

The striker in turn shrugged off the attentions of defender Carlington Nyandombo and drilled a low shot, but Mbongeni Mzimela in the AmaZulu goals produced an outstanding one-handed save.

By this time Pirates were in a rampant mood and attacked their hosts at will. And from one scramble in the AmaZulu box, the ball broke to Pirates’ Clifford Ngobeni who was position some 25 metres away; the midfielder unleashed a powerful which didn’t miss the target by much, just before the interval.

In spite of still holding the lion’s share of possession in the second half, Pirates were not able to make any purposeful raid which would produce a goal, apart from a well hit strike from Klate that flew just past target in the 75th minute.

AmaZulu were content with absorbing the pressure from their guests and were not able to test Moneeb Josephs throughout this encounter.