By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
At Peter Mokaba, Polokwane
SuperSport United (0) 0
Orlando Pirates (0) 0
THE drawn first leg of the MTN 8 between SuperSport United and Orlando Pirates could haunt the mighty Buccaneers in the second leg match.
Despite being reduced to ten men after Edwyn Gyimah was given his marching orders in the late minutes of the first half, Matsatsantsa A Pitori fought very hard in this match and it was mission accomplished when referee Thabo Nkosi blew his lungs out to signal time lapse with the score-board reading goalless, much to the relieve of the few faithful of United as opposed to the Pirates supporters who came in large numbers at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Limpopo’s capital, Polokwane.
This match which saw Collins “Ntofo Ntofo” Mbesuma making his debut in the Pirates colours was the beginning of the three series matches involving the two sides who meet in their second match on Wednesday night at the same venue in the Absa Premiership encounter with the second leg of the MTN 8 taking place at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday night. To add salt to an injury, Pirates’ Rooi Mahamutsa was given a red card after exchanging words with the middle-man at the end of the match.
In another semi final match last night, Mamelodi Sundowns came back from a 2-0 deficit to force a 3-3 draw at home (Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville). The two sides meet in the second leg at the Dobsonville Stadium in Soweto on Sunday afternoon.