Pirates and AmaZulu end goalless

Pirates goalkeeper Moeneeb Josephs was hardly tested throughout the match and probably struggled to keep himself awake.

Fortunately he did not fall asleep deep into referee’s optional time because this is when AmaZulu had two of their best chances on goal.

Substitute Kagiso Senamela almost broke Pirates hearts during the four minutes of injury time, but overall Usuthu were outplayed by the home side and Roger Palmgren’s men will be very happy to go home with a point.

After 18 minutes Pirates winger Sameehg Doutie had ball in the back of the net, but he was incorrectly called offside and then booked for playing on after the whistle.

Referee Phillip Tinyane did not recover from this mistake and made some poor decisions throughout the match, often leaving the coaches perplexed on the touchline.

In the 22nd minute Lucky Lekgwathi’s headed goal was ruled out for an infringement on the goalkeeper, which to Tinyane’s credit, looked like the correct call.

Andile Jali unleashed a stinging drive in the 32nd minute, which had the beating of Mbongeni Mzimela, only to thunder off the goalkeeper’s crossbar.

In the 55th minute, Thulasizwe Mbuyane couldn’t keep his header down from a good position after he got onto the end of Klate’s cross. A good opportunity missed.

This underpinned an evening in which Pirates lacked composure and correct decision making inside the final third of the field.

With just under fifteen minutes to go, Mbuayne was guilty of missing a very good chance. Klate beat his man on the left and whipped in an inviting cross, but Mbuyane, although he did well to dive towards the ball, the direction was totally off and will go down as a bad miss.

Kagiso Senamela went very close in referee’s optional time, against the run of play, but his powerful attempt flew just over the bar.

Senamela was making his Usuthu return while Stanley Kgatla was on debut for Usuthu. Both came on as second half substitutes. They were signed as free agents after Platinum Stars had released them.