10 Man Pirates Draws With Stellies
A ten-man Orlando Pirates drew 2-2 with Stellenbosch in their opening DStv Premiership match at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
All eyes were on the home team, in their first game since Josef Zinnbauer handed in his resignation, with assistants Fadlu Davids and Mandla Ncikazi leading the team.
But it was Stellenbosch who struck first, with Waseem Isaacs scoring a great goal from just outside the box in just the second minute, taking a deflection off Thulani Hlatshwayo to beat Richard Ofori. It was Isaacs first match since his return to the club, having left to join Cape Town All Stars last season.
Pirates were level in the 18th minute, and it was a fantastic goal from Deon Hotto that beat Lee Langeveldt, the Namibian scoring in the top right corner from a free kick.
Langeveldt had to make a good save to deny Kabelo Dlamini in the 24th minute, who also tried from range in the 30th minute, but this time it went high and wide.
Things got ugly in the 40th minute as the Stellenbosch players were furious after Ntsikelelo Nyauza fouled and stomped on Ashley Du Preez. Nyauza was shown a straight red card. From the resulting free kick Nathan Sinkala missed a chance, as he was unable to get his header on target.
Ten man Pirates were in the lead three minutes into the second half, as Goodman Mosele, having only just coming on as a sub, headed in from a corner.
Stellenbosch were level in the 55th minute, and it was another debutant, Judas Moseamedi, who got the goal, who dived well to head in past Ofori.
Stanley Dimgba was on target in the 60th minute, but his header went straight into the hands of Ofori, while two minutes later Sinkala was off target.
Terrence Dzvukamanja tried a shot from range in the 70th minute, but it went straight at Langeveldt, while Ofori saved from a Sinkala free kick attempt ten minutes later.
While Stellies pushed for a late winner, they were unable to take advantage of the extra man, and it ended in a draw
Meanwhile at the Princess Magogo Stadium in the KZN derby between Golden Arrows and Maritzburg United, Arrows came out 2-1 victors with Siboniso Conco and Spihamandla Sabelo scoring second half goals, before Maritzburg debutant Lelethu Skelem pulled one back.
While in action-packed match at the Makhulong Stadium, newcomers Sekhukhune United lost 1-0 to Gavin Hunt’s Chippa United, Veluyeke Zulu grabbing the goal in the first half.
Pirates XI: Ofori, Jele, Hlatshwayo, Nyauza, Tlolane, Mabaso, Mosele, Dlamini, Hotto, Shandu, Mhango.
Stellenbosch XI: Langeveldt, Kwinika, Jabaar, Van Rooyen, Sinkala, Msengi, Mendieta, Dimgba, Du Preez, Isaacs.