Orlando Pirates and Tshakhuma Tsha Madzivhandila played out to a 0-0 draw at the Orlando Stadium on Saturday afternoon, which gave the Soweto giants a third-place finish.
The Sea Robbers came into the game looking for exactly that finish while Baroka were safe and looking for a strong ending of the season.
The Buccaneers pushed for an early goal and threatened with Gabadinho Mhango and Thembinkosi Lorch getting behind the Tshakuma defence, but they were unable to hit the target and test Washington Arubi.
Pirates had firm control of the ball as they dominated the tempo, but were struggling to break down the well-drilled Bakgaga side, while also not producing quality delivery when awarded set pieces.
The scoreline read 0-0 at the break, with Pirates seemingly in control but not able to find the opener.
After a slow start to the second half the game almost sparked into life in the 57th minute when Mhango’s shot deflected into the path of Deon Hotto, whose acrobatic effort was on target but easily kept out by Arubi.
Dzvukamanja came on as a substitute and almost grabbed the opener but was unable to keep his strike on target after getting on the end of Kabelo Dlamini’s cross.
The encounter’s final score was 0-0 at Orlando Stadium as the Soweto giants clinched third spot to secure continental football.
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