PSL: Goals were hard to come by at Moses Mabhida
Early season rust was evident as both teams failed to impress as they were forced to share the points.
JOHANNESBURG – Goals were hard to come by at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban where AmaZulu hosted Ajax Cape Town.
Early season rust was evident as both teams failed to impress as they were forced to share the points in a dull goalless draw.
At the Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein Celtic and MP Black Aces also shared the points.
Tendai Ndoro put the visitors ahead on the stroke of half time, but just eight minutes into the second half, Joel Mogorosi equalised for the hosts.
That’s how it ended as neither side was able to find a winner.
Two goals from Chippa United puts them on top of the table after the opening round thanks to a superior goal difference.
Moroka Swallows, Wits, Kaizer Chiefs and Polokwane City are level on points, but one goal adrift.
It was a poor start to the season for Orlando Pirates, Free State Stars, Supersport United, University of Pretoria and Platinum Stars who all recorded losses in the opening round.
After warning his side in previous matches of their inability to score goals, Pirates coach Vladimir Vermezovic (VV) was proved right after his team were beaten.
“The law of football is if you miss the chances you lose the game.”
Goals from Lantshane Phalane and Lerato Chabangusaw the Dube Birds to a victory.
The Buccaneers’ only goal came from Oupa Manyisa who converted from the penalty spot in the first half.
Swallows coach Zeca Marques believed that his team played the game in the exact manner he had sent them out too.
“We came with a mission to leave Orlando Stadium with a point and we got it. From a tactical point of view the team was spot on and the discipline was there.”
While VV did not want to get carried away with the loss, he is aware that his side must be careful about being too relaxed in their performances.
“We have 29 games ahead and they must be smarter when they play. They are good players and they know where they made mistakes.”
OTHER LEAGUE RESULTS
In other league news, Platinum Stars were beaten 2-0 by Chippa United at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.
Goals from Andile Mbenyane and David Zulu ensured the win for Chippa.
A second-half penalty from Sthembiso Ngcobo secured a 1-0 win for Bidvest Wits over SuperSport United on Saturday evening.
Also last night, George Lebese scored the winner as Kaizer Chiefs beat Free State Stars 1-0 win
Puleng Tlolane’s first-half strike handed Polokwane City a hard-fought 1-0 win over the University of Pretoria in their season opener in Pretoria.