Posted: 14 March 2018
Cape Town City and Orlando Pirates are level at 0-0 at half-time in their Nedbank Cup last 16 clash.
Pirates came without Luvuyo Memela, who failed a late fitness test and was pulled out a competitive team.
It was a long-awaited return for Thabo Qalinge after a month on the sidelines, as Augustine Mulenga earned his debut start.
Zambian Justin Shonga got the first shot on goal, but it was straight at Sage Stephens in the opening exchanges.
Shonga unluckily struck the post after chasing down the Citizens back-four minutes later, while City responded with an attack of their own as Ayanda Patosi forced Siyabonga Mpontshane into a fine save,
Roland Putsche went close again after a header from a free-kick, but Mpontshane was able to keep it out, despite the pressure.
Taariq Fielies fired another shot from a free-kick for the home side, but like the previous others, it failed to trouble Mpontshane.
Zimbabwean-born Marshall Munetsi, deployed in an unfamiliar defensive role, found space in attack but was unable to find the target as the sides went into the break scoreless.
City: Stephens, Dove, Johannes, Fielies, Mkhize, Putsche, Modise, Lakay, Moseamedi, Patosi, Ralani.
Subs: Walters, Gumede, Mngonyama, Nodada, Choka, Msina, Akosah-Bempah.
Pirates: Mpontshane, Jele, Dube, Maela, Nyatama, Mlambo, Munetsi, Qalinge, Lorch, Shonga, Mulenga.
Subs: Mabokgwane, Shitolo, Sarr, Matlaba, Makola, Morrison, Foster.
Article by: Staff Reporter
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Author : Staff Reporter
Publish date : 2018-03-14 15:23:58