Spurs draw 1-1 with Pirates at Mbombela


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I guess I am not trying hard enough not to bore you with technical jargon and mindset in my observation of the matches. For a long time I always wanted to see the game from a fan’s point of view, just to watch the match and enjoy the entertainment. I have failed dismally and I apologise. Yesterday, and in particular, the Highlanders vs Bloemfontein match, I failed to blow the vuvuzela in my hand and started shouting instructions. That is synonymous with the whole stadium. The difference is the quality of the shout. Enough about that.

Tottenham Hotspur were seeking to make amends for the 0-1 loss to Kaizer Chiefs last weekend but started off far pedestrian than expected. Orlando Pirates did not help the case as they also strolled for the lengthy periods they had possession. At one moment, it seemed Chiefs broke ‘the code’ by beating Spurs and the Bucs were not about to do it. Not that there was any gentleman’s agreement not to win, but the Barclays Premier League team had a match a few days ago after flying from England and Pirates have a match a few days later, tomorrow to be specific, against Amakhosi, in a must win encounter in Port Elizabeth.

The match took a soft turn after a dubiously awarded foul resulted in a Rafael van der Vaart‘s top drawer trademark free-kick put Spurs ahead early on from the edge of the penalty box. The Brazil patient build ups of Pirates saw the Happy People pull-off a stunning Happy Jele thunderous bolt squaring matters up. The officials were clearly not interested in Pirates win as they frustrated the stylish and superior Bucs.

Gareth Bale broke down the left wing peeling off from his man in his ‘set, ready, go’ style and blasted the ball over the bar from a tight angle. Bale nearly duplicated van der Vaart’s free-kick from about the same spot the goal was scored. The suspect goalkeeper was equal to the task, tipping the curler over the bar in acrobatic fashion.

The Buccaneers were surprising not interested in testing the pace of the Spurs’ back four as at no occasion did they try to set up the flying Tlou Segolela, who was eventually substituted without receiving a through ball. The referee increased his suspicious activities by disallowing a genuine goal by Segolela for offside on the 45th minute. Daine Klate saw his effort also being ruled out by the confused linesman.

The rest of the exhibition was the tsamayas, shibobo, show me your numbers and the tsipas. The real deal will be tomorrow as the South Africans square up and seek the chance to play the English on the Saturday’s Vodacom Challenge.

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