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Bucs flop yet again - Ndulula earns AmaZulu vital point

By Mazola Molefe at Orlando Stadium | 2014-08-21 08:05:38.0 | COMMENTS [ 14 ]

IT COULD be another strange season for Orlando Pirates.

On the verge of a fifth cup final in a row later next month, the Buccaneers were held to a 1-1 draw at home against AmaZulu last night, putting further pressure on coach Vladimir Vermezovic as Pirates are yet to win an Absa Premiership match.


Having brushed off Bidvest Wits in the first leg of their MTN8 semifinal on Sunday, Vermezovic didn't tinker with his starting line-up and expected continuity as his men welcomed Usuthu to Soweto.


AmaZulu spent much of the first half absorbing the pressure until former Pirates forward Bongani Ndulula was hacked in the box by Rooi Mahamutsa, whose attempt at a pass in the penalty box went horribly wrong. The defender couldn't recover and was too late in his tackle on Ndulula, who got up to convert the spot kick in the 27th minute and give Craig Rosslee's men a shock lead.


It was utility defender Thabo Matlaba who again bailed Pirates out, finding the equaliser on the hour mark. Like he had surged forward against Wits days earlier, the left-back finished off a well- orchestrated attack started by substitute Sifiso Myeni.


Ndulula had hoped to spoil the party. He put the knife in during a league opener between the two clubs last season at FNB Stadium, setting up a roller-coaster tenure for then coach Roger de Sa, who was replaced by Vermezovic in February. In August last year, Ndulula only had one chance and buried it.

He was hard done-by seconds before the halftime break when referee Lwandile Mfiki did not award him a second penalty. Only ever a threat in patches, Ndulula took out two Pirates defenders and just when he had made space to shoot, was brought down - yet again by Mahamutsa. Mfiki blew his whistle - to caution the striker for simulation. Pirates were let off the hook, but recovered superbly when their patient build-up ensured they drew level.


Vermezovic did finally give Lehlohonolo Majoro more than just five minutes for the first time this season, but the striker is quite rusty. He could have sealed victory in the 85th minute, but keeper Tapuwa Kapini was able to thwart him.


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Ayeye Bhakbhaka

2014-08-21 08:35:00.0 | 0 replies


Depend on defenders

2014-08-21 08:35:34.0 | 0 replies


It is tough, 3 gaames 2 points, beware Bidvest

2014-08-21 09:09:04.0 | 0 replies


Matlaba is a gem i tell you!!

2014-08-21 09:15:14.0 | 0 replies


I refuse to start scratching my head 3 games into a 30 game marathon however dropping points at home is a big NO!!NO!!!!!! This formation is starting to ork on my damn nerves!! Why must Bibo and Sarr be on the fied at once? @Mshove its not our fault if Bucs have natural born goal scores for defenders who takes responsibility but it is indeed a worrying fact that we not clinical upfront from a strikers point of view!! Either way wa bona na ke dula ke thabile Once and Always maaaaaaaaaaaaan

2014-08-21 10:48:08.0 | 1 replies


Ha!ha!ha! Bucs strikers are not perfoming their task they depend on defenders to do their job of scoring , Lets how long are they going to keep on scoring goals and defending at the same time On a positive note My home boy Matlaba from Mambisa is in a class of his own

2014-08-21 11:20:03.0 | 0 replies


Pie-Rats are not just dropping points but they are playing k@k football.... Anyway whilst they are busy testing combinations and complaining, Rena Makhosi we are collecting points

2014-08-21 11:23:16.0 | 1 replies


Awe Khosi Operation collect points while basaphethwe wubuthongo

2014-08-21 11:52:36.0 | 0 replies


Maybe they must play with 10 defenders so that they can score goals....It's simple, if you don't score goals you won't win matches & you won't go to the top.

2014-08-21 11:44:16.0 | 1 replies


They must bring back Mbesuma or We can loan them Mphela

2014-08-21 11:53:25.0 | 1 replies


ahahahahahaa Yoh @Mshove..WA HAFA MARA!!We don`t want Killer simply because his not killing anything currently !! @Kebatla...Bosso i hope Bucs and Khosi survive this weekend to simply remind you who EZINYAMA is in the final...ka papao you will brought down to earth mzala...

2014-08-21 13:39:26.0 | 2 replies


We cant wait for the final , We dont fear fearless

2014-08-21 13:58:31.0 | 0 replies


Dankie....we Amakhosi don't have to survive this weekend, we going to FNB to MOER Marikana FC again. you on the other hand will have to survive bcos you're struggling to score goals. ATLEAST WE SAVED YOU THE EMBARASSMENT OF BEING MOERED BY PLATINUM STARS IN ANOTHER FINAL

2014-08-21 14:20:59.0 | 0 replies


Our defenders are always free to attack because the opposition always sits on their half of the field hence our goals are comming from defenders. UP THE BUCS

2014-08-21 14:27:45.0 | 0 replies