The Soweto derby might have not been as thrilling as one would have expected after Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs played to a goalless draw in an Absa Premiership clash at the FNB Stadium on Saturday, but both coaches were satisfied with the efforts by their players and were happy to share the spoils.
With 18 shots at goal, but with only four on target, Amakhosi coach Steve Komphela said his side had the edge over the Buccaneers when it came to creating chances, but were just unfortunate not to have scored.
“I thought both set of players applied themselves well,” said komphela. “And typical of us, we tried to play a constructive game. The only one thing we couldn’t get to was quickly getting behind the defence. But even in scenarios where Pirates had possession, I had the feeling we were not as quick on transition. In terms of chances, we did have some.”
“But I had a feeling we might have an edge with regards to chances created. In the back of my head there was one towards the end of the match from Manqele, where he drifted inside. I thought that was a wonderful opportunity, because matches of this nature are all about small margins.
“There was one again at the end of the first half from Hendrick Ekstein but it went over the bar, there was one again from Sphiwe Tshabalala and Brighton Mhlongo made a good save.”
Meanwhile, Bucs coach Muhsin Ertugral was pleased with his team, especially when they were without skipper Oupa Manyisa and Luvuyo Memela, who are both suffering from food poisoning.
“I have to applaud my boys for the hard work they put in. I think the passion and the willingness was very important because we had some problems in the build- up for the game. We had two key players out, but the ones who came in did a pretty good job,” said the Bucs coach.
“We observed Chiefs’ patterns and it was very important to keep them in front of us.”
With the point earned, Amakhosi have accumulated 14 points in seven games, while Pirates are on 10 points after six games.