Amazulu and Orlando Pirates share spoils

AmaZulu FC and Orlando Pirates played to a 1-1 draw in the DStv Premiership match at the Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Saturday night.

The result sees Usuthu and the Buccaneers begin their 2020/21 league campaigns with a draw.

The Buccaneers were under pressure in the early exchanges with Usuthu pressing the visitors in the first 15 minutes of the match.

However, Pirates were awarded a penalty after Sibusiso Mabiliso was adjudged to have fouled Siphesihle Ndlovu in the box.

Frank Mhango then stepped up and beat AmaZulu goalkeeper Siyabonga Mbatha from the spot-kick to make it 1-0 to Pirates 18 minutes into the game.

Usuthu continued to attack and they were also awarded a penalty after Luvuyo Memela was fouled by his former Pirates teammate Fortune Makaringe in the box.

Pirates keeper Wayne Sandilands denied Lehlohonolo Majoro from the spot-kick, but the AmaZulu striker fired home from the rebound to make it 1-1 in the 33rd minute

Both teams launched attacks with the halftime break fast approaching and the hosts had an opportunity to take the lead in first-half stoppage time.

Sandilands failed to handle a long ball from Siyethemba Sithebe, but he reacted quickly and denied Andre De Jong with a great save and the score was 1-1 at the interval.

The Pirates shot-stopper was the busier of the two keepers after the restart as he made a great save from Majoro’s lobbed effort four minutes into the second-half.

Sandilands then pulled off a fantastic save from Majoro’s dangerous curling effort just before the hour-mark as Usuthu applied pressure on the Buccaneers.

Mbatha was finally tested seven minutes after the hour-mark and he made a comfortable save from Makaringe’s attempt as Pirates looked to restore their lead.

It was end-to-end stuff in the closing stages of the match as Vincent Pule’s backheel effort was well-saved by AmaZulu captain Mbatha.

Sandilands then made a great save to deny Memela from close range in stoppage time and ultimately, the match ended in a 1-1 draw with AmaZulu and Pirates sharing the spoils.

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