The Soweto giants dominated the game which took place at Orlando Stadium, but they could not take their chances
Orlando Pirates were frustrated by a resilient Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila in their final PSL encounter of the 2020/21 season which ended in a 0-0 draw on Saturday afternoon.
The Buccaneers were looking to end the campaign on a winning note having claimed a come-from-behind 2-1 victory over Baroka FC away on Wednesday.
Fortune Makaringe was recalled to the starting line-up as coach Josef Zinnbauer made one change to the team which faced Bakgaga Ba Mphahlele in Polokwane.
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While Vhadau Vha Damani were hoping to avenge their 3-0 loss to Pirates in the first round clash after securing safety from relegation by drawing 0-0 with Chippa United on Wednesday.
Coach Dylan Kerr named an attack-minded team with six attackers starting, including Thabo Mnyamane, Meshack Maphangule and Joseph Molangoane.
Pirates started the match brightly with Thembinkosi Lorch looking lively for the hosts as he looked to link the midfield with the attack while operating as a playmaker.
Lorch played a through-ball for Vincent Pule, who was fouled by Tebogo Thangwane, but match referee Thokozani Mkhize surprisingly waved play on.
The Buccaneers continued to create goalscoring opportunities as Vincent Pule’s effort narrowly missed the target, before Frank Mhango’s shot was blocked by Alfred Ndengane in the box.
TTM had a chance to take the lead, but Thembisani Nevhulamba scuffed his shot and goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands snatched the ball before Maphangule could pounce and score just before half-time.
Pirates continued to search for the opening goal after the restart, but they were let down by some poor finishing as Mhango’s shot was blocked by Thangwane and keeper Washington Arubi made a comfortable save from Deon Hotto’s effort.
Innocent Maela’s effort was bravely denied by Arubi from close range and Aluwani Nedzamba made an important goal-line clearance from Vincent Pule’s corner-kick which was curling into the bottom right corner.
The last chance of the game fell for Terrence Dzvukamanja, who had grabbed a late winning goal against Baroka, but the 27-year-old forward failed to keep his free header on target, and ultimately the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
The result saw Pirates secure a third-place finish in the PSL standings for the second season running and they qualified for 2021/22 Caf Confederation Cup, while Vhadau Vha Damani finished their debut season in 12th spot.