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Golden Arrows v Orlando Pirates Match Report, 20/11/21

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Golden Arrows 0-0 Orlando Pirates: Inconsistent Bucs drop points in Durban
9:47 PM IST 20/11/21
Abel Mabaso, Orlando Pirates & Pule Mmodi, Golden Arrows, November 2021
The Buccaneers had a chance to leapfrog their archrivals, but they failed to take their chances against Abafana Bes'thende

Orlando Pirates were held to a 0-0 draw by a stubborn Lamontville Golden Arrows side in a Premier Soccer League match which was played at Princess Magogo Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Ntsikelelo Nyuaza made his return to the Pirates starting line-up as he replaced Thulani Hlatshwayo, who had a poor game in Bucs' 2-1 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs on November 6, while free-scoring reserve team striker Boitumelo Radiopane was named among the substitutes.

Pirates' interim co-head coach Mandla Ncikazi was facing his former side for the first time since he left Arrows in July this year. He had a successful campaign with Abafana Bes'thende in which he was nominated for the PSL Coach of the Season accolade.

The Buccaneers started the match brightly with Fortune Makaringe seeing a lot of the ball in the middle of the park and Nkosingiphile Gumede was the busier of the two goalkeepers with Abafana Bes'thende under pressure.

Gumede, who has dethroned Sifiso Mlungwana as Arrows' first-choice keeper, produced two fine saves to deny Kwame Peprah and Deon Hotto. However, Gumede was beaten by Makaringe's thunderous shot which hit the upright and Abafana Bes'thende survived a scare. 

The hosts grew into the match as it progressed and they began playing their usual enterprising football which unsettled the Pirates defence. Nduduzo Sibiya had two chances inside the Bucs box, but the skilful midfielder failed to keep his shot on target on both occasions. 

Pirates came close to scoring just before half-time after they were awarded a free-kick on the edge of the Arrows box. Hotto's attempt from the set-piece beat Gumede, but the crossbar came to the hosts' rescue and the score was 0-0 at the interval.

The Buccaneers controlled the game after the restart and Arrows coach Lehlohonolo Seema made a double substitution as he introduced Lindokuhle Mtshali and Velemseni Ndwandwe as the former Pirates captain looked to mastermind Bucs' downfall.

Siyabonga Mpontshane, who was merely a spectator for much of the opening half, had to be well-positioned after Michael Gumede's shot took a wicked deflection and the Pirates shot-stopper made a comfortable save. 

Ncikazi and his fellow interim co-head coach Fadlu Davids responded by introducing debutant Radiopane, Ntsako Makhubela, Terrence Dzvukamanja and Kabelo Dlamini, who are all attackers by trade.

However, neither side was able to create any other clear cut chances in the closing proceedings with both teams defending very well and ultimately, the game ended in a 0-0 draw.

Therefore, Pirates missed a chance to leapfrog sixth-placed Chiefs on the league standings as the Buccaneers remained seventh, while Arrows climbed up to ninth spot after drawing at home. 

Pirates will be in action on Wednesday as they take on Stellenbosch FC in the Western Cape, while Arrows are scheduled to host Baroka on November 28.