Kaizer Chiefs who were the hosts and favourites following their 2-1 win over Mamelodi Sundowns surprisingly opted to be ultra-defensive against Orlando Pirates, who were eager to put a smile on their supporters’ faces following their 1-1 midweek draw against Platinum Stars.
Chiefs’ only attempt at goal came in the 28th minute when youngster, Siyabonga Ngezana’s header came off the upright from a set piece.
Qalinge was back in the Chiefs’ danger box when he did well and passed to Ngezana, who sent a strike which was saved by Khune just before the break.
Chiefs seemed to be running out of ideas on how to contain Qalinge when the pacey winger peeled off the defence in the beginning of the second half to sublimely hit a volley that had the beating of Khune who was saved by the woodwork.
‘Amakhosi’ could have stolen it right at the end from a set piece by veteran Simphiwe Tshabalala who was celebrating his 30th Soweto Derby experience. The experienced winger sent a delightful cross that met Zimbabwean midfielder, Willard Katsande, who’s header was saved by Wayne Sandilands.
Pirates continued piling on the pressure on the defense minded Chiefs and almost broke the deadlock again with Qalinge being the instigator with a brilliantly struck grounder that was parried away by Khune.
Both coaches were happy with the point saying it was a fair result on the day even though the fans walked away disappointed.
“We could have scored on so many occasions but I guess luck was not on our side. We had a plan with Qalinge which worked quite well but their keeper was just brilliant on the day. We will take the point and move forward to the next game” said Orlando Pirates coach, Milutin “Micho” Sredojevic.
Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela also echoed the sentiments of “Micho” saying it was a game of two halves.
“Pirates were good on the day as expected. They came in from a disappointing result hoping to get a win and that resulted in them pressing us high. We managed to contain them and could have caught them on the break on a number of occasions but it was not meant to be” said Komphela.