Sarr swoops to save Pirates


JOHANNESBURG – Issa Sarr’s stoppage-time goal was enough to save Orlando Pirates in Wednesday nights 1-1 draw with Baroka FC, who came here desperately looking for a win.

Victory in this encounter for Bakgaga would have seen them move to 14th place with 25 points after 25 league matches.

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Issa Sarr of Orlando Pirates, who scored the equaliser, competes in the air with Nkosinathi Ogle of Baroka on Wednesday. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu, BackpagePixNkosinathi Ogle of Baroka tries to control the ball despite the challenge from Pirates defender Happy Jele. Photo: Sydney Mahlangu, BackpagePix

However, it was not to be as the Buccaneers ruined what could have been the start of them climbing their way out of the relegation dog-fight.

As it stands, Baroka remain rooted to the bottom of the Absa Premiership table, while Pirates also did not budge from their ninth position.

In the first period, Pirates struggled to contain Baroka, who were pushing forward in search for goals. The visitors created numerous chances, but lacked the required technique to finish them off.

Siyabonga Mpontshane, who has been the preferred choice between the sticks since Brighton Mhlongo was dropped after a 3-2 defeat against Free State Stars four weeks ago, put in a decent shift to save Pirates from conceding in the first half of the game.

In the second period, Pirates added numbers forward in search of an opener.

Thabo Rakhale unleashed a powerful shot just under a minute of the second half, but was unlucky as it went disappointingly over the bar.

But Pirates were to later regret the failure to use most of their scoring opportunities as Baroka found the back of the net through Victor Letsoalo with just 12 minutes to go before fulltime.

Letsoalo unleashed a powerful shot which proved too difficult for Mpontshane to handle between the sticks, as the ball slipped through his grip.

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