Chiefs and Pirates share spoils

Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs drew 2-2 on Saturday as the highlight of the South African season focussed attention on Durban ahead of Sunday's 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™ Preliminary Draw.

The league match was broadcast live in Europe for the first time and the 45,000 crowd at Absa Stadium included former superstars Franz Beckenbauer of Germany and Michel Platini of France.

African Football Confederation president Issa Hayatou of Cameroon was also present ahead of the 2010 World Cup qualifying draws in the Indian Ocean city Sunday.

Chiefs were ahead within 19 seconds as striker Mabhuti Khenyeza shielded a throw in from former Charlton Athletic striker Shaun Bartlett and turned to hammer the ball into the far corner of the net.

Excellent Walaza, one of the brightest hopes in a country short of rising football stars, equalised with a 34th-minute header off a Bennet Chenene cross as Pirates' territorial dominance reaped dividends.

Walaza struck again seven minutes after half-time, tapping in a rebound off goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune after Pirates carved open the middle of the Chiefs defence. But the lead lasted just seven minutes before former Buccaneers midfielder Arthur Zwane headed home at the far post after a Pirates defensive mix-up off a throw in.

The result moved each club one place up the standings with Pirates lying eighth, seven points adrift of leaders Ajax Cape Town, and Chiefs back in tenth having played ten of 30 fixtures.