YESTERDAY’ Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates produced nothing else to write home but the usual missed opportunities that in the end produced a goalless draw, WRITES NAKAMPE LEKWADU
Despite the disappointing draw at the packed FNB Stadium, there was no dull moment in this fast flowing match and the fans were kept on their toes and entertained as both sides dished out their best performance.
Itumeleng Khune and his defence suffered a countless of first half night-mares as Pirates’ key men occasionally visited their goal-mouth with the likes of Riyaad Norodien who was included in the team shortly before the match to replace the injured Luvoyo Memela, Michelle Katsavairo, Mpho Makola and Thabo Rakhale as the main thorns to the Chiefs defenders.
Chiefs had their own moments, more so in the second half with the likes of George Lebese, Hendrick Ekstein, the late substitute, Simphiwe Tshabalala but goals did not come forth.
Said Chiefs coach, Steve Komphela after the match: “The boys really tried their best, but we were not lucky to get the results in the end. We prepared very well, and Pirates had a good game plan for this match as well. We need to give credit to the players for the effort in this match.”
Komphela’ sentiments were echoed by team captain, Itumeleng Khune who also blamed the scorching heat on the day to have contributed to the results.
Komphela’s counterpart, Muhsin Ertugral who was accompanied by the team captain and Man of the Match, Edwin Gyimah said he did his job as a coach and the players played accordingly as per the plan but goals did not come forth.
“This was a high contested match and even the standard was very high and it will be unfair to be judged by the fact that scored did not come forth. Players did their best and I can’t blame them for not turning those opportunities into goals because Chiefs had good defence on the day,” said Ertugral.
In another derby, the KwaZulu-Natal Derby on Friday night at the Harry Gwala Stadium, Maritzburg United played to a 2-2 draw against Golden Arrows.
Another derby is expected this afternoon when Baroka City and Polokwane City take on each other at the new Peter Mokaba Stadium in a Polokwane Derby, kick-off at 3.30pm.