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Clever Boys held to 0-0 draw at Emirates Airline Park

Bidvest Wits were held to a 0-0 draw by Orlando Pirates on the Absa Premiership’s return to Emirates Airline Park (Ellis Park) on Saturday evening.

The result leaves the Clever Boys in fifth place on the log standings ahead of our match at home to Golden Arrows at FNB Stadium on Tuesday.

Both teams had a catalogue of early chances to break the deadlock in the first-half, the best of which fell to Vincent Pule in the 33rd minute. The ball fell at the winger’s feet following a mix-up between Lorenzo Gordinho and Ricardo Goss, but with an open goal to aim at he could only manage to drive his attempt into the side-netting.

The Clever Boys came within inches of breaking the deadlock after the interval with Haashim Domingo unlucky to see his attempt canon off the woodwork before Keegan Ritchie had his follow-up attempt cleared off the line.

Bidvest Wits dominated play thereafter with Pirates forced to defend deep inside their own half and when they finally got an opportunity at the other end, Gabadinho Mhango squandered a glorious chance to give his side the lead.

The Malawi international broke through the heart of the Clever Boys defence in the 69th minute but Goss pulled off a superb save to deny his former teammate.

Both teams had chances to win the game following Mhango’s chance, but neither were able to find the back of the net as the game ultimately ended with a share of the spoils.

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Orlando Pirates: Sandilands; Mako, Maela, Jele, Nyauza, Mlambo (Dlamini 54′), Motshwari, Makaringe (Mntambo 65′), Memela (Zungu 65′), Pule (Monyane 86′), Mhango.

Bidvest Wits: Goss; Hlanti, Gordinho, Hlatshwayo, Macheke, Alexander, Nange (Eva Nga 66′), Ritchie, Domingo (Monare 66′), Hotto (Sekgota 79′), Dzvukamanja (Human 46′) [Mathebula 90+3′].


Date Time League Season
15th Aug 2020 6:00 pm ABSA Premiership 2019/20