Even after the departure of their former head coach Josef Zinnbauer, things are still not going well for Orlando Pirates, as they consecutively drew against Marumo Gallants in their first away game at Peter Mokaba Stadium, on Tuesday evening.
The two teams came into the fixture aiming to secure their first win of the DSTV Premiership 2021/22 season, as Gallants previously lost in their opening fixture against Baroka meanwhile Pirates drew against Stellenbosch in their opening fixture. Pirates starting 11 was different from the one which locked horns with Stellenbosch.
In the first 45 minutes both teams couldn’t break each other’s defence they both couldn’t pass through the midfield and due to this Pirates resulted into taking chances from a distance, but couldn’t convert them into goals, Gallants also tried their chances, but Ofori came to the buccaneer’s rescue. In the 35th minute the referee called off the match to stop as lights went off at the Stadium. 2 minutes later the match went ahead as the lights went into operation again. The match went into half-time goalless.
Coming into the second half Pirates tried to isolate Gallants out of possession after Dzvukamanja came in as a substitute for Ghabadinho Mhango. The Sea Robbers created chances but couldn’t convert them not goals as they kept on hitting the crossbar. Following his yellow card on Saturday Hotto had a chance to give The Sea Robbers the lead but couldn’t beat Washington Arubi through his left foot.
Pirates kept on knocking at the doors of the Limpopo based team through Siphesihle who came in as a substitute following a pass from Dzvukamanja but Arubi was on sight. The Sea Robbers shared a point with Gallants as the game ended into a 0-0 draw.