Orlando Pirates continue winless run in Absa Premiership

Orlando Pirates continue winless run in Absa Premiership
Thabo Qalinge of Orlando Pirates tackled by Limbikani Mzava and Nkanyiso Cele of Golden Arrows during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Orlando Pirates and Golden Arrows at Orlando Stadium, Soweto South Africa on 21 November 2017 ©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Tuesday Nov 21, 2017. 21:43

Orlando Pirates have gone six matches without a win in the Absa Premiership after a 0-0 draw against Golden Arrows on Wednesday night at Orlando Stadium.

The hosts had a number of chances upfront, but now sit at sixth spot in the league with 15 points from 11 matches in their campaign.

Despite good touches from the hosts in the early stages of the contest, they could not test Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede in the first 10 minutes.

However, three minutes later Thabo Matlaba had his powerful left-footed effort saved by Gumede.

In the 27th minute Thabo Qalinge dribbled past four Arrows defenders into the box, but was let down by his final shot at goal which went straight at Gumede who cleared the danger.

Just after the half-hour mark Pirates lost the ball in the midfield and allowed Kudakwashe Mahachi to make a dangerous run into the box, only to see his final touch swallowed by keeper Jackson Mabokgwane.

Arrows resorted to long range efforts and Mabokgwane was called to produce a fine save to deny Zolani Nkombelo in the 41st minute.

It was 0-0 at half time.

With both sides coming from the tunnel energised, it was Clinton Larsen's men who wasted a glorious chance to score when Mutizwa's shot was saved by Mabokgwane after beating his marker in the box.

In the 62nd minute, Pirates intensified their probe for a goal and saw a Musa Nyatama effort saved by Gumede - the rebound fell for an unmarked Justice Chabalala whose effort sailed over the cross bar from close range.

The Soweto giants tried to pull out all their tricks in search of a winner, but were unable to break the deadlock.

For the visitors, Arrows now sit at the second spot on the log table with 16 points after 11 games in the league.

Orlando Pirates: 0
Golden Arrows: 0

Orlando Pirates: Mabokgwane, Chabalala, Shitolo, Van Heerden (Memela 69'), Nyauza, Matlaba, Nyatama, Qalinge (Morrison 79'), Lorch, Makola, Gabuza (Kutumela 54')

Golden Arrows: Gumede, Mngwengwe, Mzava, S. Dube, Nkombelo, Cele, Shongwe (Bilankulu 58'), Sibiya (Fikizolo 46'), Mahachi (Lamola 71'), Magubane, Mutizwa

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