AmaZulu, Orlando Pirates miss the target in KZN stalemate
PSL / 20 August 2019, 9:40pm / MINENHLE MKHIZE at King Zwelithini Stadium
UMLAZI – It was another day of darkness for both AmaZulu and Orlando Pirates as they shared the spoils in a 0-0 stalemate in an epic Absa Premiership showdown at King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday night.
Usuthu are still winless in three league outings, having suffered two defeats in their opening two encounters against Polokwane City and Wits.
Pirates are also going through torrid times. The Sea Robbers haven’t tasted victory in their past four matches across all competitions.
Rhulani Mokwena is also yet to get off the mark after taking over the coaching reigns from Milutin Sredojevic, who vacated his position as the head coach of the club on Friday.
He got a baptism of fire in his debut match as the Buccaneers crashed out of the MTN8 at the expense of Highlands Park on Saturday.
On Tuesday night, Gabadinho Mhango fluffed a glorious opportunity to put Pirates in the lead after a fantastic work done by Vincent Pule on the right-hand side.
The Malawian fired his attempt over the bar.
Jabulani Ncobeni was the main culprit for Usuthu after he was dispossessed cheaply by Pule, who played a good cut-back to Mhango.
Usuthu were dealt a major blow before the start of the match as their No 1 goal-minder, Siyabonga Mbatha, sustained an injury during the warm-up.
He was replaced by Niel Boshoff, who was on his Premier Soccer League debut.
Siphesihle Ndlovu also made his debut for the Buccaneers.
The game was played at a frenetic pace. The Sea Robbers dominated the first 30 minutes and created better goal-scoring opportunities.
Xola Mlambo tested Boshoff from distance following a good passage of play in the middle of the park, and the newcomer was up to the task as he kept Pirates at bay.