Bucs drop points at struggling Baroka


OOrlando Pirates and Baroka FC could not be separated after playing o a goalless draw in their DStv Premiership encounter on Tuesday night.

The Buccaneers chased a third successive league win and had one change from their win over Sekhukhune United after Kwame Peprah dropped to the bench for Tshegofatso Mabasa.

There were no shortage of drama in the first five minutes with Mabasa closing in through a teasing header shortly after Manuel Kambala’s rasping strike put goalkeeper Richard Ofori to work.

Pirates began to take control and had the ball in the net near the half-hour mark through Goodman Mosele’s tap-in after Deon Hotto’s free-kick hit the post, but he was flagged for offside.

With the Buccaneers still on the ascendancy late in the half, Bakgaga Ba Ga Mphahlele made a substitution when Evidence Makgopa entered for the injured winger Train Mokhabi.

Bakgaga had a chance to go ahead in the final seconds to halftime through a glancing header by Ananias Gebhardt following a free-kick, but he fired wide of the mark.

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The host made a strong opening in the second half, as Sekela Sithole forced a good save out of Ofori with a free-kick.

Co-coaches Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi signalled for a substitution for the Buccaneers just over 60 minutes gone as Wayde Jooste replaced fellow wing-back Bandile Shandu.

Although, the Buccaneers' frustrations in the last third continued following the closing period as substitute Peprah directed a cross from Thembinkosi Lorch wide of the near post.

The match then had an interruption after the lights went out, before a collision between Ofori and Paseka Mako saw the latter leaving the field in an ambulance.

After the long delay, the referee opted to conclude the match shortly after Mako was taken off the pitch as the encounter finished all square.

Confirmed line-ups:

Baroka: Masuluke, Mphahlele, Gebhardt, Makume, Mokhabi, Sithole, Kambala, Masiya, Ndhlovu, Bobete, Farmer.

Subs: Chipezeze, Goldstone, Mbulu, Mgaga, Malivha, Shozi, Ngubane Makgopa, Maluleke.

Pirates: Ofori, Jele, Nyauza, Shandu, Mako, Monare, Mosele, Ndlovu, Dlamini, Hotto, Mabasa

Subs: Mpontshane, Peprah, Mabaso, Maela, Sam, Jooste, Makaringe, Motshwari, Lorch