Amakhosi, Bucs deadlocked

2013-10-26 18:03

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First-half goals by Orlando Pirates striker Kermit Erasmus and his Kaizer Chiefs counterpart, Kingston Nkhatha, sent the Soweto derby into a third straight league draw between the two Absa Premiership giants.

Erasmus finished off a move from Daine Klate and Thabo Matlaba to score nine minutes into the match, played before an almost capacity crowd at FNB Stadium today.

The strike was his second in as many matches after the SuperSport United marksman also netted against Golden Arrows in the Telkom Knockout Cup clash midweek.

Nkhatha’s equaliser was one of the many blunders referee Victor Hlungwani committed on the day as the Zimbabwean international’s effort was offside when he tapped home a Siphiwe Tshabalala cross five minutes before half time.

From a free-flowing first half, the game turned ugly in the second phase when players from the two sides exchanged blows, but the referee never issued a card for the fracas that halted the game for five minutes.

Even nasty tackles that followed went unpunished.

While Amakhosi missed out on moving out of the fourth position, the Buccaneers overtook Arrows at the bottom of the table by virtue of goal difference.

The match was only Pirates’ third league match – and their fourth point – as they are preoccupied with the CAF Champions League in which they have qualified for the final against Al Ahly.

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