Orlando Pirates 0-0 Ajax Cape Town: Jonevret's men need a miracle to qualify for Top 8
Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town played out to a disappointing goalless draw at the Orlando Stadium on Wednesday

Orlando Pirates and Ajax Cape Town had it all to play as a place in the top eight spot is still up for grabs.

The Buccaneers, winless in three matches with their last victory coming in a 2-1 win over Chippa United at the end of last month, made one change to the side that drew away to Bloemfontein Celtic last week.

It was the same for the Capetonians, who handed Zambian youngster Rodrick Kabwe a start in the  for the suspended Mark Mayambela.

They were eager to set the record straight and get their first away win in the league over Bucs since December 2008 and cement their top eight spot.

The visitors went into the game as the team on form, having won their last three games without conceding a goal and were hell-bent on continuing that momentum with the game’s earliest attempts on goal.

Bucs looked threatening every time they played the ball behind Ajax's defence, but at times, lacked the killer touch.

They were presented with the half’s best chance when captain Oupa Manyisa blasted his shot over the bar with the goal at his mercy after being put through by Thabo Matlaba after 23 minutes.

Pirates needed nothing but three points to keep their top eight hopes alive, and at this stage of the game, it didn’t look like they were going to achieve that as they struggled to penetrate the Urban Warriors defence effectively.

This despite the fact that they enjoyed the bulk of possession, but couldn’t unlock the Urban Warriors high-defensive line deployed by Stanley Menzo.

Their start to the second half preceded that of the first 45 minutes after they pinned back the visitors with dangerous slow build-ups and wing-plays on either flanks.

They still battled to dismantle the disciplined Ajax defence marshalled by Bafana Bafana international Rivaldo Coetzee.

The Urban Warriors at the other end, looked threatening every time they were on the ascendancy and caught out Bucs on a few occasions but failed to make it count.

Defender Marc van Heerden produced the best out of Brendon Peterson with a stunning shot from range that forced the latter to punch it away from danger.

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Both coaches brought on fresh legs and offensive ones with the hope of changing the score-line, but nothing transpired from either side as the clash remained goalless.

Van Heerden once again drew the best out of Peterson with another pile-driver two minutes from time.

The result leaves the Capetonians in pole position to maintain their top eight spot, while Bucs, who slipped to 11th on the log, need a miracle to qualify for next season's MTN8 competition.

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