Pirates outclassed by Cape Town City in home stalemate

Pirates stopper Brighton Mhlongo pulled off some incredible saves to spare his teammates from embarrassment.

Orlando Pirates fans at the Orlando Stadium. Picture: Leeto M Khoza/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - After making a positive start to the season in their opening two games of the season, that saw striker Tendai Ndoro fire in five goals, Orlando Pirates were touted as favourites to walk away with all three points in their backyard against a Cape Town City side that's still trying to find its rhythm.

That wouldn't be the case as both sides played out to a goalless draw in front of the Orlando Stadium crowd.

Although the scoreboard showed no winner on the night, it's fair to say that the men from the Cape were by far the better team, as they pinned coach Mushin Ertugral's charges down from the first whistle.

There were no clear cut chances for either side in the first half, but things turned sour for the Buccaneers in the second stanza as they found the going tough in defence, hanging on by a thin thread.

Goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo pulled off some incredible saves to spare his teammates the embarrassment of losing their first match at home and to their former coach, with whom they parted ways last season.

Mhlongo kept out Judas Moseamedi and Lebogang Manyama twice to ensure that the Sea Robbers kept their unbeaten start to the campaign intact.

Only one real shot on target could be mustered by Pirates in the 90 minutes in a match that coach Ertugral seemed to want to forget.

It's not about to get easy for the Turk and his gang as they next face the on-form Bidvest Wits this weekend, while Tinkler will be leading his men into battle against Cape Town rivals Ajax Cape Town, in the first Cape Town Derby of the season.