Orlando Pirates scored an own goal, conceded another through a free header, and played like shit in the first 40 minutes of the Soweto derby. Whilst the referee Thando Ndzandzeka missed a red card, gave away a bogus free-kick that led to an Orlando Pirates goal, and was pretty much shite (with an ‘e’) too.
Orlando Pirates’ First Half
As getting comfortable in my seat and taking the first sip of my ice-cold beer, Orlando Pirates conceded the first goal. An own goal. *facepalm* Ntsikelelo Nyauza and Wayne Sandilands got their wires crossed. The captain on the day headed the ball over the advancing goalkeeper with only 45 seconds on the clock. I’m as pessimistic an Orlando Pirates supporter as they come but even I didn’t expect that.
Rhulani Mokwena started the game with no recognizable center back. Happy Jele was suspended and he doesn’t seem to fancy Justice Chabalala or Alfred Ndengane. Kaizer Chiefs, as they always do, started the game with the attacking trio of Khama Billiat, Leonardo Castro and Samir Nurković. The latter duo aren’t the best technically but are excellent aerially, and height wasn’t something the Orlando Pirates back four was blessed with.
Around the 20th minute, a cross was played into the box from the right, Nurkovic leaped over right back Abel Mabaso for an effort towards goal but the ball went over the bar. That’s when I then turned to my girlfriend and said “Kaizer Chiefs are going to score their next goal with a header” Five minutes later my prophecy was fulfilled. Leonard Castro found himself free in the box and nodded the goal home from a corner. *bang my head against a wall*
Orlando Pirates were handed a lifeline when the referee gave them an undeserved free-kick in the 38th minute. Pule found the back of the net from a tight angle. Orlando Pirates were on the ascendancy from then on forward.
Orlando Pirates’ Second Half
The second half came around and they hit the crossbar on two occasions. They finally got their equalising goal thanks to Gabadinho Mhango. Pirates leftback Paseka Mako gave a dead on their feet Kaizer Chiefs a chance to win the game after his idiotic tackle on Bernard Parker from behind in the 18-area. The penalty was given, the penalty was scored by Daniel Cardoso. 3-2 Kaizer Chiefs. *tie a noose around my neck and hang myself*
Orlando Pirates didn’t deserve to lose the game. They played the better football and created the most chances. BUT… football isn’t about how many you missed, it’s about how many you convert. Kaizer Chiefs ground out 3 points with their back against the wall.
The officiating of the game
I never like talking about the officiating but this Thando Ndzandzeka guy was pretty bad. Here is a list of his bad decisions:
1. Willard Katsande attempted breaking Fortune Makaringe’s leg in half but got away with just a yellow.
2. A foul was given against Daniel Cardoso after winning the ball which led to the Orlando Pirates goal.
3. The Orlando Pirates free-kick goal was signaled an indirect but Pule took it directly and scored, the goal should have not stood.
4. A scuffle broke out in the last moments of the game in which Abel Mabaso and Eric Mathoho had a shoving match. Mabaso got a yellow card and Mathoho got a straight red for reasons unknown.