Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates played to a goalless draw in an Absa Premiership encounter at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon. Amakhosi continue to be on top of the league log with 51 points from 22 matches, which means they have managed to collect 77% of the available points; 5% behind the record breaking 72% of Mamelodi Sundowns with their record breaking 65 points.
Siphiwe Tshabalala become the player with the most appearances in a Soweto Derby, since the introduction of the PSL – 23rd cap, when he return to the starting line up.
Kaizer Chiefs’ George Lebese was brought down by Pirates defender Siyabonga Sangweni, but the referee waived play on.
The best early chance came for Eric Mathoho in the 32nd, when Tshabalala’s excellent cross from the left got to the Amahosi defender, but his header went over the cross bar. Then came Tshabalala’s long range shot was well saved by the Brighton Mhlongo.
Chiefs started the second half well, trying to put early pressure on the Buccaneers whenever in possession of the ball.
Yeye Letsholonyane released a powerful shot from outside the box in the 57th minute, but a deflection off Jele sent it bouncing off the crossbar back into the field.
Man of the match Sifiso Myeni’s shot left Itu Khune for dead but came off the upright and headed out for corner by Masilela.
Amakhosi got another great opportunities to open the score around the 80th minute, the best coming for Gaxa. However, the Pirates goalkeeper made himself big and made a timely stop.
Towards the end the game was flowing up and down, with chances arriving for both sides.
It was a fascinating second half to watch, even though no goals were scored.
Steward Baxter who maintained his unbeaten record in the Soweto derby, said that the supporters got their money’s worth and that he was happy with a point.
Kaizer Chiefs 0- 0 Orlando Pirates
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune, Gaxa (Moleko 91’), Mashamaite, Mathoho, Masilela, Masango (Maluleka 89’), Letsholonyane, Katsande, Lebese (Mthembu 70’), Tshabalala, Parker
Orlando Pirates: Mhlongo, Jele, Mahamutsa, Sangweni, Matlaba, Makola (Bacela 85’), Sarr, Ntshumayelo (Rakhale 70’), Myeni, Manyisa, Majoro (Erasmus 62’)