Chiefs, Pirates fail to dazzle

2013-03-10 10:00

With the game beamed live to many countries, the two teams should have done better.

It was not a good advertisement for South African soccer as both sides once again failed to come to the party.

A stalemate was probably a fair result considering the two teams struggled to play their normal game.

Moments of the match

Was it a penalty or not? This is the big question supporters were asking themselves as they left the stadium.

Instead of awarding Pirates a penalty, referee Lwandile Mfiki decided to book Tlou Segolela for simulation when it was clear that the speedy winger had been clipped by Siphiwe Tshabalala in the 76th minute.

This decision incensed the Pirates bench with coach Roger De Sa seething with anger.

This would have been the turning point of the match but as it was not given, it ended goalless.

Senzo Meyiwa’s heroics

The Bucs goalkeeper made amends for his previous mistakes as he single-handedly denied Chiefs three points.

He acrobatically saved Sthembiso Ngcobo’s shot late in the game, which deservedly earned him the man of the match award. It was an upshot from the poor form displayed in the lead-up to the game.

Heat factor

Statistics do not lie and a quick glance at this season’s factors will show that Chiefs have never won a day game, losing two and drawing as many.

It is clear that Amakhosi struggle in the heat as they lost to Mamelodi Sundowns in the MTN 8 game and also to Platinum Stars, their only league loss thus far.

Yesterday’s draw also meant they have played two stalemates against Pirates and another one against Free State Stars.

Tactical game

Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter started with five defenders and it took Pirates some time to figure out how to break their defensive wall.

But once they did, they managed to take the game to Chiefs but unfortunately could not score.

The return of Siyabonga Sangweni brought stability to the Pirates rearguard as he was solid and gave nothing away. Pirates conceded eight goals in the three games he was absent.

Big up to the supporters

Without a doubt both teams’ set of supporters deserved the accolades as they mingled with each other.

De Sa and Baxter had always said this was the only derby in the world where supporters sit together and it was the case here yesterday as they sat among each other.

The rivalry is only on the field of play for the 90 minutes.

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