Soweto Derby Stalemate

The Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates Soweto derby Absa Premiership game ended in a 1-1 draw at FNB Stadium on Saturday.  The match started with Pirates winning a corner in the third minute but their opponents defended well.  George Maluleka took the first shot of the game but it ended up being high and mighty.

From there both teams tried to create chances with no success.  In the 18th minute Reneilwe Letsholonyane scored for Amakhosi but it was called offside.  Two minutes later Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross found Camaldine Abraws but his header was wide.

The Buccaneers continued defending as Chiefs tried their luck.  Steve Komphela’s boys finaly scored the first goal of the match in the 28th minute by Willard Katsande who won the ball from Eric Mathoho during a corner kick that was taken by Tshabalala.  The Sea Robbers had a few chances themselves, the obvious one being on the 38th minute when Thabo Qalinge took the free kick without waiting for the referee’s whistle and their goal was denied.

Eric Tinkler’s team started attacking but were found out offside on several occasions.  During the second half Tinkler’s troops came back with the aim to score and forced Itumeleng Khune to pull off a string of saves.  Thandani Ntshumayelo took a shot in the 57th minute but Khuna made a good save creating a corner kick.

Both teams worked very hard with Chiefs trying to stay in the lead and Pirates trying for an equaliser.  Sifiso Myeni came on replacing Lehlohonolo Majoro in the 65th minute, and three minutes later Thamsanqa Gabuza equalised for Pirates after receiving a long throw in.  The teams worked really hard with no success even after Khune was replaced by Reyaad Pieterse after he twisted his ankle.

The game ended in a 1-1 draw and afterwards Tinkler said he saw that his side did not play well in the first half, but during the second half they came back harder and deservedly scored the equaliser.

Photo credit: Nick Lourens