Pirates drop two more points being held by AmaZulu in Durban

24 October 2023 - 21:43
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Orlando Pirates captain Tapelo Xoki goes up for an aerial ball the DStv Premiership match agianst AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday night.
Orlando Pirates captain Tapelo Xoki goes up for an aerial ball the DStv Premiership match agianst AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday night.
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Orlando Pirates dropped another two crucial DStv Premiership points as they drew 0-0 against AmaZulu at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday night.

Pirates' second draw in six league outings keeps them in the bottom half of the table in 13th place with only eight points. They have dropped 10 points in total — hardly a sign they'll be able to catch log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns who have won all their first eight league matches. Bucs have only played six games to most teams' eight or nine, but their matches in hand are not being turned into points.

The match never lived up to any “Spanish” standards — both teams are led by coaches, Bucs' Jose Riveiro and Usuthu's Pablo Franco Martín, from Spain — and failed to deliver a spectacle or goals. Instead there were a lot balls played sideways and backwards, which turned the whole thing into an unwatchable fiasco. 

To show how poor this game was, by the 75th minute there was only one shot by Pirates on target out of eight attempts while the home side had only two off target. 

The better chance of the match fell to Evidence Makgopa, the gangling Pirates striker who should have given the visitors the lead on the 75th minute but headed wide when there was no Usuthu player pressing him.

Riveiro's side have another opportunity to climb the ladder when they host Polokwane City at Orlando Stadium on Friday.

But based on Tuesday's poor performance the Buccaneers might struggle to beat a Polokwane who showed their potential when they trashed SuperSport United 4-0 in their Carling Knockout Cup first round tie at the weekend. 

AmaZulu, who remain in 10th spot, will have have to improve their game if they're return with full spoils in their away league match against Chippa United in Gqeberha on Saturday. 


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