MATCH CENTRE

SAT 29 OCTOBER 2016, 15:30, FNB STADIUM

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Soweto giants flatter to deceive again

by BackPageTXT

Sat October 29, 17:29

For the umpteenth time in recent history the Soweto Derby match between Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs failed to live up to expectations, with the two South African giants playing to a 0-0 stalemate in an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Both teams had chances to break the deadlock throughout as 90 000 fans watched on, but neither could do just that as the two teams left the 2010 FIFA World Cup final venue with a point apiece.

Riyad Norodien was a late inclusion into the starting XI by Muhsin Ertuğral and eager to make an impression, the former Ajax Cape Town man turned on the style in the 23rd minute to set up Thabo Rakhale.

But, with time and space the wing-wizard's poor first touch let him down as the experienced Itumeleng Khune rushed off his line to gather at Rakhale's feet.

Norodien then decided to take matters into his own hands as he sent a rasping attempt over the crossbar moments later.

The best chance of the half, though, fell to Hendrick Ekstein in first-half stoppage-time, the midfielder unable to capitalize on a pin-point cross by Ramahlwe Mphahlele - guiding his volley attempt over the woodwork.

Gift Motupa had a chance to put Pirates 1-0 up in the 49th minute, but he too was unable to hit the target with the goal at his mercy.

Chiefs were the better side in the closing exchanges with Siphiwe Tshabalala forcing Brighton Mhlongo into smart save in the 76th minute of the match - the midfielder eager to impress in his 28th Soweto Derby appearance.

As it turned out the Glamour Boys would have the last chance of the match, but Issa Sarr was alert to block Edward Manqele's powerful drive.

Chiefs return to the top of the standings despite the draw, unbeaten Pirates move up to fourth.

Orlando Pirates (0) 0

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0

Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo; Nyauza, Gyimah, Jele, Matlaba - Sarr - Norodien (Makudubela 79'), Makola, Motupa (Morrison 67'), Rakhale - Ndoro (Gabuza 81')

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Mphahlele, Mathoho, Gordinho, Khumalo - Katsande - Twala (Tshabalala 67'), Buchanan, Lebese (Parker 85') - Ekstein, Katsvairo (Manqele 58')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
ORLANDO PIRATES GOALS KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 2
ORLANDO PIRATES STARTING LINEUP KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
4
Defender
3
34
26
Defender
8
Defender
73'
2
Midfielder
33
Defender
32'
3
Midfielder
67'
38
Midfielder
85'
17
Midfielder
18
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
6'
5
Midfielder
10
Midfielder
79'
26
Midfielder
58'
8
Midfielder
25
Midfielder
31
Forward/Striker
81'
7
Midfielder
67'
7
SUBSTITUTIONS
Bernard Morrison
Forward/Striker
67'
12
Edward Manqele
Forward/Striker
58'
22
Mahlatsi Makudubela
Midfielder
79'
37
Siphiwe Tshabalala
Midfielder
67'
14
Thamsanqa Gabuza
Forward/Striker
81'
31
Bernard Parker
Forward/Striker
85'
25
CARDS
Mpho Makola
Midfielder
6'
5
Sibusiso Khumalo
Defender
32'
3
Ramahlwe Mphahlele
Defender
73'
2
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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