Usuthu and Pirates share the spoils

Sede Junior Dion of AmaZulu challenged by Tapelo Xoki of Orlando Pirates during the DStv Premiership 2023/24 match between AmaZulu and Orlando Pirates at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on the 24 October 2023 Β©Muzi Ntombela/BackpagePix

AmaZulu FC drew 0-0 with Orlando Pirates in a DStv Premiership encounter played at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Tuesday night.

The draw saw Usuthu climb up to the 10th spot on the standings – three points behind fourth-placed Moroka Swallows and they are scheduled to face Chippa United in Gqeberha on Saturday.

The Buccaneers saw most of the ball in the opening exchanges and they did threaten in the 15th minute with Thabiso Monyane forcing goalkeeper Veli Mothwa into making a decent save.

Pirates continued to push for the opening goal after the half-hour mark which saw Mothwa deny Evidence Makgopa who had attempted to score with a header and the score was 0-0 at half-time.

The second-half saw Bucs create more goalscoring opportunities, but they were wasteful as substitute Karim Kimvuidi’s acrobatic effort was gathered by a well-positioned Mothwa with 20 minutes left.

The last real chance of the game fell for Makgopa in the 76th minute, but the lanky forward failed to keep his header on target with the Usuthu defence exposed and ultimately, the match ended in a 0-0 draw.

AmaZulu 0
Pirates 0

AmaZulu: Mothwa, Jooste, Hanamub, Fielies (Zulu 22 Sikhakhane 42′), Mphahlele, Gumede, Motshwari, Brooks (Ngema 46′), Dion (Moremi 84′), Ekstein (Maluleka 84′), Mbanjwa.

Pirates: Buthelezi, Xoki, Ndah, Monyane, Hotto, Baloni (Ndlondlo 66′ Timm 85′), Monare, Maswanganyi, Lorch (Saleng 77′), Makgopa (Lepasa 76′), Erasmus (Kimvuidi 66′).