Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates, March 7, 2015

Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates, 2014/15 Absa Premiership football match, was a 155th Soweto Derby which took place Saturday March 07, 2015 at FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa.

Soweto Derby 155, March 7, 2015 - Mandla Masango and Happy Jele
Competition 2014/15 Absa Prem
Administrator Premier Soccer League
Season 2014-2015
Home Team Kaizer Chiefs
Away Team Orlando Pirates
Date March 07, 2015
Time 15:30 (South Africa)
Venue FNB Stadium
City Johannesburg, RSA
Attendance 80,000
Weather Partly Cloudy
23°C (73 °F)
78% humidity

Match

Half-time Score 0-0
Full-time Score 0-0
OPFC Goal Scorer N/A
KCFC Goal Scorer N/A

Match Officials

Referee Zolile Mthetho
Assistants Zakhele Sibella
Moses Phale
Fourth Official Thando Ndzandzeka
Commissioner Ian McLeod

The Kaizer Chiefs vs Orlando Pirates held on March 7, 2015 at FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Soweto, Johannesburg in Gauteng province, South Africa marked the 155th official meeting between these Soweto rivals.

Kaizer Chiefs went into an 155th Soweto Derby on the back of three consecutive victories, a defeat and a win – in all competitions.

They had defeated Township Rollers 2-1 in the first leg of the CAF Champions League Preliminary round.

They followed up with a 2-0  defeat by Supersport United; the loss marked Kaizer Chiefs first defeat of the 2014/15 season in the Absa Premiership.

Kaizer Chiefs next faced Edu Sports in the 2015 Nedbank Cup and went on to win 4-0.

They later traveled to Gaborone, Botswana for the second leg of the CAF Champions League Preliminary round; there they emerged triumphant with a solitary goal against Township Rollers.

Prior to the 155th Soweto Derby Kaizer Chiefs faced Ajax Cape Town at FNB Stadium and won 1-0.

Orlando Pirates went into an 155th Soweto Derby on the back of a draw and four consecutive wins.

The four consecutive victories marked their best run of the 2014/15 PSL season in the Absa Premiership.

They returned to action after the festive season and the 2015 Orange CAF African Cup of Nations break and registered a 2-1 victory against the beleaguered Durban outfit, AmaZulu.

Orlando Pirates next faced the relegation threatened Phokeng side Platinum Stars, and won 2-0.

They took a break from the Absa Premiership to face the ABC Motsepe League side, Tornado FC, from the Eastern Cape in the 2015 Nedbank Cup and won 4-0.

The fourth victory came when the defeated Polokwane City 3-1 in the Absa Premiership.

Ahead of the Soweto Derby Orlando Pirates was held to a 1-1 draw by Free State Stars.

Throughout the 2014/15 PSL season, Orlando Pirates had struggled to find consistency particularly against teams considered smaller and teams that have traditionally given them hard time.

Kaizer Chiefs had embarked on their best Absa Premiership campaign in recent years having gone beyond fifteen league matches without defeat before being put to the sword by Supersport United on February 17, 2015 at Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane, Limpopo.

 

 

Recent Meetings

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs last met on December 6, 2014 in the Absa Premiership match where Kaizer Chiefs extended their dominance of the Soweto Derby as they emerged 2-0 victorious.

Prior to the December 6, 2014 match these two Soweto giants had met in the 2014 MTN 8 final played on September 20, 2014 at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban where Kaizer Chiefs defeated Orlando Pirates 1-0.

 

 

Home and Away Team

Soweto Derby 155 SupportersKaizer Chiefs was the home team and the match was played at the same club’s official home ground, FNB Stadium, in Nasrec, Soweto in the city of Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

As per practice of the recent years both Absa Premiership Soweto Derby matches are played at FNB Stadium. The December 6, 2014 match which was Orlando Pirates‘ home match was played at that venue (FNB Stadium, Nasrec, Soweto in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa).

 

 

Kit

Soweto Derby 155 George Lebese and Thabo MatlabaKaizer Chiefs wore their 2014/15 PSL season home colours; gold shirts with black numbers and a prominent black strip in front down from the shoulder, black shorts with gold numbers and a prominent gold strip down the side.

Orlando Pirates wore their 2014/15 PSL season away colours which are predominantly red; red shirts and red shorts with white numbers and a touch of black  and white on the edges of shorts and edges of sleeves.

 

 

 The Match

Orlando Pirates started strong with Sifiso Myeni making a quick run down the right only to have his cross cut off by defensive maestro and Kaizer Chiefs captain Tefu Mashamaite.

In the fourth minute the advancing George Lebese of Kaizer Chiefs was fouled by Orlando Pirates central defender, Siyabonga Sangweni, which resulted in the appeal for a penalty but it was not given although the defender was adjudged to have committed a foul.

In the 7th minute Thandani Ntshumayelo of Orlando Pirates fouled Mandla Masango and the resulting free-kick was a wasted opportunity; Kaizer Chiefs had began advancing and showing intent early on.

In the fourteenth minute Eric Mathoho was adjudged to have fouled the captain of Orlando Pirates, Oupa Manyisa, and the resulting free-kick was cleared by Bernard Parker.

Towards the 20th minute Orlando Pirates have found their rhythm as they had pushed Kaizer Chiefs back to their half and continue to probe but failing to clean up their final touches.

In the 21st minute Sifiso Myeni’s cross nearly saw Orlando Pirates score as it was headed over the crossbar by Mpho Makola.

Orlando Pirates continue to press forward as Lehlohonolo Majoro is incorrectly called off-side.

Kaizer chiefs regroups and take the game to Orlando Pirates in an almost mirror situation when Eric Mathoho heads the ball over the crossbar.

The game finds some balance towards the end of the first half as the likes of Reneilwe Letsholonyane (KCFC) and Thandani Ntshumayelo (OPFC) are among those taking shots for goals none amount to a threatening effort.

The half-time comes up and neither side has been able to breach the defense of the other.

The second half gets underway with George Lebese and Bernard Parker orchestrate a move against the defense of Orlando Pirates only to have Thabo Matlaba take the ball off Parker’s feet.

Kaizer Chiefs starts the second half the better of the two side as the advancing George Lebese goes down in the box after Orlando Pirates right back, Happy Jele, cut off his attack.

In the 51st minute Lehlohonolo Majoro is shown a yellow card for a clumsy challenge, it’s the first booking of the match.

In the 55th minute Sifiso Myeni probes but he is no match for the Kaizer Chiefs central defense duo Tefu Mashamaite and Eric Mathoho.

In the 57th minute Siphiwe Tshabalala fires a shot but it takes a deflection off Thabo Matlaba’s head to hits a crossbar.

In the 65th minute Sifiso Myeni is able to beat Itumeleng Khune with a shot from range after it deflected off Eric Mathoho but it balloons off the crossbar.

Sifiso Myeni is becoming a problem for the Kaizer Chiefs defense but he is unable to score.

The sense of urgency is setting in for both teams as Kaizer Chiefs seek to put their Absa Premiership title hopes beyond doubt and Orlando Pirates seek to strengthen their position on the log; no defense is breached.

In the 84th minute Orlando Pirates goalkeeper, Brighton Mhlongo, does well to deny Kaizer Chiefs right back, Siboniso Gaxa.

After 3 minutes of stoppage time the referee, Zolile Mthetho, puts an end to the 155th Soweto Derby and the final score is a goalless draw (0-0).

 

 

Man of the Match

Sifiso Myeni-Man of the Match-Soweto Derby-155Sifiso Myeni of Orlando Pirates was named man of the match after troubling the Kaizer Chiefs defense for a good part of the match.

He (Sifiso Myeni) finds his place in the Orlando Pirates starting line-up more certain now than its ever been due to the departure of interchangeable duo; pacey winger, Tlou Segolela, who was sold off to Platinum Stars during the transfer window of January 2015 and Daine Klate who was loaned off to Supersport United in the same transfer window.

It is worth noting that though Sifiso Myeni’s performance since joining Orlando Pirates from BidVest Wits has been less than expected but in the 155th Soweto Derby he seemed to find a good rhythm.

 

 

 

 

 

Kaizer Chiefs Logo New Orlando Pirate Logo

Starting XI

32. Itumeleng Khune 16. Brighton Mhlongo
05. Siboniso Gaxa Substituted 90′ 04. Happy Jele
24. Tsepo Masilela 28. Rooi Mahamutsa 75′
04. Tefu Mashamaite (C) 21. Siyabonga Sangweni
03. Eric Mathoho 08. Thabo Matlaba
31. Willard Katsande 11. Sifiso Myeni
06. Reneilwe Letsholonyane 20. Oupa Manyisa (C)
22. Mandla Masango Substituted 88′ 71′ 18. Issa Sarr
17. George Lebese Substituted 69′ 05. Mpho Makola Substituted 84′
14. Siphiwe Tshabalala 06. Thandani Ntshumayelo Substituted 70′
25. Bernard Parker 45. Lehlohonolo Majoro Substituted 61′ 50′

Coaches

 Stuart Baxter Eric Tinkler

Substitutions

 All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order
16. Brilliant Khuzwayo 40. Siyabonga Mpontshane
83. Morgan Gould  25. Thabo Rakhele Substituted 70′
10. Siyabonga Nkosi 95. Kermit Erasmus Substituted 61′
12. George Maluleka Substituted 88′ 34. Ntsikelelo Nyauza
30. Ivan Bukenya 17. Lennox Bacela Substituted 84′
18. Kgotso Moleko Substituted 90′ 12. Lehlohonolo Masalesa
20. Siphelele Mthembu Substituted 69′ 32. Tsepo Gumede 

Match Statistics

 43% Possession 57%
1 Corners 4
6 Shots 7
2 Shots on Target 2
11 Fouls 13
0 Offsides 1
1 Yellow Cards 2
0 Red Cards 0

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