Barren restart for Gabadinho's Pirates

Gabadinho Mhango, Orlando Pirates

Malawi national team forward Gabadinho Mhango's South African Club, Orlando Pirates played to a barren draw in their first match against Mamelodi Sundowns as the Premier Soccer League action returned after a five-month break.

Mhango, the current league top scorer with 14 goals failed to extend his lead despite having a gallant performance with coach Josef Zinbauer trusting him to take most of the corner kicks and some free-kicks.

The former Nyasa Big Bullets star proved his worth by maintaining his tempo which did not appear affected by the lockdowns in the Rainbow nation due to the coronavirus disease.

With the point, Pirates only managed to secure third-place after dislodging Supersport United.

Before the match, Pirates and Supersport were equal on 40 points.

Sundowns cemented their second spot while reducing the points difference with leaders Kaizer Chiefs to three.

Chiefs lead with 48 points from 22 games similar to Sundowns.

Mhango was looking forward to extending his scorers chart since he scored past Sundowns' goalkeeper in the 1-0 victory in the first round. He has not scored in at least four matches.

Statistics favour Pirates to have dominated the match as they enjoyed the highest 52 percent dominance and had 10 shots against Sundowns' four on goal.

Out of the shots, two were on target for Pirates and one for their opponents.

They also enjoyed the 84 percent pass accuracy against Sundowns' 77.