Pirates & Arrows Draw In KZN
Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw away against Golden Arrows in their DStv Premiership match at the Princess Magogo Stadium, while AmaZulu came from two goals down to force a 2-2 draw away against Stellenbosch on Saturday afternoon.
Golden Arrows 0-0 Orlando Pirates
Pirates interim co-coach Mandla Ncikazi was facing his former team for the first time since leaving Arrows at the end of last season, who have former Pirates defender Lehlohonolo Seema now in charge.
Pirates showed their intent from the start, as they looked for an early goal. Kwame Peprah forced a save out of Nkosingiphile Gumede in the third minute, while Fortune Makaringe went close as his shot in the 9th minute struck the upright.
Collins Makgaka went wide in the 12th minute, while Gumede had to get down to make a save from a Deon Hotto a minute later.
It was a fast paced first half, and while Arrows , and Nduduzo Sibiya in particular, were also probing, they weren’t really testing Siyabonga Mpontshane, who only made his first save in the 23rd minute.
Pirates were awarded a dangerous free kick in the 41st minute, and Hotto went close, but his shot struck the crossbar and went over. At half-time though, despite a lot of action, it remained goalless.
Hotto was off target again in the 66th minute, while Gumede made a save from Makaringe in the 77th minute.
Seeking the winner, Pirates brought on their teenage Diski Challenge star Boitumelo Radiopane for his debut, but while both teams continued to penetrate, they weren’t threatening the goals with shots.
In the end both teams had to settle for a point, as it ended goalless.
Stellenbosch 2-2 AmaZulu
AmaZulu denied Stellenbosch a win after a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw in the DStv Premiership at Danie Craven Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
AmaZulu could have broke the deadlock through Lehlohonolo Majoro, but his shot on goal was saved by Sage Stephens in the ninth minute, before Ashley Du Preez’s shot went over the post in the 15th minute.
Stellenbosch went close again after Usuthu’s huge mistake, but Veli Mothwa was in the right position to deny Stanley Dimgba’s effort in the 27th minute.
Usuthu had the second notable chance when Majoro attept’s sailed past the Stephens’post in the 29th minute. And the two teams tried to pounce into each other boxes, but with no luck to find a goal.
Stellies found the opener just in the 58th minute after the break as Dimgba took a powerful shot from inside the box, after a bounced ball from a corner kick.
The home side put more pressure on Usuthu as Du Preez doubled the lead in the 69th minute, but Steve Barker’s men could not celebrate more than five minutes as Benni McCarthy’s boys pull one back through off the bench Sphesihle Maduna in the 73rd minute.
The game’s pace changed and AmaZulu continued to attack Stellies box until Keagan Buchanan found an equalizer after a corner kick, before Devon Titus received a red card in the dying minutes.
Stellenbosch FC remains second in the table, while AmaZulu occupied eighth spot.