Pirates squandered clear cut chances as they played to a 0-0 draw against AC Leopards at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night
Orlando Pirates knocked the ball around nicely and put their opponents under pressure in the opening minutes of the game, but the Congolese side did well to keep them away from their goalkeeper Lawrence Ngome.
Rudy Ndey had a chance to break the deadlock a few minutes later, but the Leopards striker’s shot sailed over the bar.
Daine Klate got a chance in the 10th minute of the game, but the midfielder’s first touch was too heavy.
The visitors kept Pirates at bay for the better part of the first half, and forced the Buccaneers to play long balls forward.
The visitors were under pressure towards the half-hour mark, and Pirates created two half chances, but failed to convert.
Pirates won a free-kick outside the box in the 37th minute, but Klate could not keep his efforts on target from the resultant free-kick.
The Buccaneers squandered a chance to break the deadlock in the 41st minute when Sifiso Myeni entered the Leopards box, but he could not direct his cross to any of his teammates.
Myeni should have given Pirates the lead on the stroke of half-time after a long ball from Oupa Manyisa, but his header hit the wrong side of the net as the score remained 0-0 after the first 45 minutes.
Lennox Bacela nearly gave Pirates a breakthrough inside the opening five minutes of the second half, only for AC Leopards to clear off the line.
Myeni played a free-kick inside the Leopards box, but Bacela failed to connect despite rising above the visitors’ defence.
Bacela wasted another clear cut chances in the 63rd minute after he was picked inside the box by Myeni, but the former Bloem Celtic shot straight into the keeper’s hands.
The home side should have at least hit the target with 15 minutes to go after a well played cross by Myeni from the right hand side, but Manyisa failed to connect with a bicycle kick.
Manyisa wasted another golden opportunity to put Pirates in front in the 83rd minute, but credit must go to AC Leopards Ngome who came off his line to make a fine save.
Pirates were never threatened by their Congolese opponents, but the home side played for possession as they failed to at least make the Leopards keeper make saves in the last five minutes.
The Soweto giants will have themselves to blame looking at how many clear goalscoring opportunities they wasted, and the return leg will certainly be not easy for Bucs.