Onyango’s Mamelodi Sundowns held by Orlando Pirates

DAVID GOMBE

Onyango’s Sundowns was held by Orlando Pirates to a goalless draw at Loftus. The Ugandan custodian’s side was facing off with former Cranes tactician Micho Milutin Sredjovic’s side.

Jeremy Brockie had a golden chance to fire Sundowns into the lead in the first minute when a delicate Andile Jali pass split open Pirates defence.

Brockie’s shot with only Pirates custodian Siyabong Mpontshane to beat went horribly wide. Lyle Lackay also tried his luck with a rasping long range shot in the 12th minute that just fizzed narrowly over the bar.

The first half saw Pirates the better side in Possession though they didn’t trouble Ugandan custodian in opening half.

Pirates came back strong in the opening minutes after recess and had three shots from Thembinkosi Lorch and Vincent Pule but not perfect enough to test Onyango.

Phakamani Mahlambi skinned Pirates defence for pace in the 62nd minute but his shot was miraculously saved by Mpontshane.

Uruguayan Gaston Sirino was lucky not to be sent off for to dangerous tackles on Pirates midfielder Xola Mlambo.

The home side manhandled Micho’s skillful side and ironically had the better chances in the game.

The two rivals had to settle for a point each in a contest that didn’t produce goals to appease the large crowd that braved the oppressively hot conditions at Loftus.

Pirates stay to p of the ABSA Premiership table with 23 points garnered in 13 games. The reigning champions remain unbeaten this season and are fourth on the log with 18 points but 3 games less the pacesetters.

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