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Durban Voyage Yields Draw for Buccaneers

After a 1-1 draw with AmaZulu at Jonsson Kings Park Stadium on Wednesday night, Orlando Pirates returned to Durban with a point.

The Buccaneers were looking for their first win against KwaZulu-Natal opposition this season after claiming all three points the last time they were on the road.

The home side, on the other hand, had the first clear-cut chance of the game, with Siphelele Mthembu going one-on-one with Siyabonga Mpontshane, who left his line to make a stunning stop in the opening minutes.

After a lengthy sparring session between the two teams, Andre De Jong's effort to connect with Tercious Malepe from close range in the 15th minute failed to deliver the intended outcome.

The Buccaneers didn't receive their first clear chance until the 29th minute, and they took advantage of it when Collins Makgaka masterfully teed up an unmarked Deon Hotto, who made no mistake in finishing past Veli Mothwa with a powerful left-footer to put his side ahead.

With minimal goalmouth action in the final moments of the first half, the visitors appeared to be on their way to a narrow lead at halftime, until some sloppy defending allowed Tshepang Moremi to equalize on the stroke of halftime.

In the second half, the Pirates were quicker out of the blocks, and only a whisker separated them from taking the lead again in the 52nd minute when Paseka Mako lay the ball for Makaringe from wide, but the Bucs midfielder missed the target by a whisker.

A minute later, striker Kwame Peprah sped towards goal, but only managed to win a corner after forcing a save from Mothwa.

Usuthu also had chances, mostly through De Jong, who shot wide before forcing a scramble from Mako, which prevented an almost certain goal.

Bucs talisman Thembinkosi Lorch was called on for his first league appearance of the season in the final ten minutes of the game, and was almost a key factor, with his cross into the box failing to meet the vital touch from a teammate to make it 2-1.

In injury time, he was back in the thick of things, shooting at goal only to be denied by Mothwa from close range.

When the final whistle blew, the Buccaneers had recorded their second consecutive league tie, while Usuthu had made it five draws in their last five games.

Mpontshane, Nyauza, Ndah, Mako (Dlamini 90'), Shandu (Makhubela 46'), Motshwari, Mabaso, Makaringe, Hotto, Makgaka (Lorch 79'), Peprah. Pirates XI: Mpontshane, Nyauza, Ndah, Mako (Dlamini 90'), Shandu (Makhubela 46'), Mo

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