Pirates slip up in home draw with Chippa

The Orlando Pirates’ quest to finish the season in second place has become a bit more difficult after their goalless draw by Chippa United in the DStv Premiership final at Orlando Stadium on Wednesday.

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Pirates are fourth on the log with 40 points, five points behind second-placed Royal AM with just four games remaining until the end of the season.

But it was a crucial point for the Chilli Boys, who want to collect as many points as possible to escape the relegation zone. They are in 12th place on the table with 26 points.

The Bucs had the best chance in the early half of the game during a scramble next door inside a Chippa box, but they could not count it as Chippa managed to clear the ball from danger.

The home side also got another chance through Bandile Shandu, but Chippa shot stopper Lloyd Kazapua was quick to come off his line to save with his foot and Ntsikelelo Nyauza’s header going over the bar.

The Eastern Cape suit was playing pretty deep, trying to capture the Buccaneers on counter – attack. They got a chance after breaking in with Andile Mbenyane, but his curler attempt did not stop Richard Ofori in the Pirates’ back just after half an hour.

In the second half, the Pirates had to make a forced substitute after midfielder Olisa Ndah was injured and replaced by Happy Jele.

Thembinkosi Lorch found himself with only a goalkeeper with a blow with just 15 minutes left, but Kazapua denied it, and at the other end Ofori directed Eva Nga’s header with his fingers before hitting the crossbar to keep the game goalless.

The Buccaneers will be looking to do better in their next game as they face another TS Galaxy – threatened relegation on Monday at Mbombela Stadium. Meanwhile, Chippa will host Mother City’s Cape Town club at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on May 4

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