SuperSport Hold Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs began the new year with a 0-0 draw with SuperSport United at the Mbombela Stadium on Saturday night.
Chiefs got off to a promising start as Hendrick Ekstein combined with Gustavo Paez before firing just wide of the upright.
Siphiwe Tshabalala and Ekstein dictated play for the visitors for most of the opening 20 minutes of the half, as SuperSport midfield struggled to impose themselves in the middle of the park.
With 33 minutes gone in the half, SuperSport carved out the game’s first chance when Aubrey Modiba picked Sipho Mbule, who was denied by superb block by Daniel Cardoso.
Despite all of Chiefs’ possession, they struggled to bypass a resolute SuperSport defence, which was led by Morgan Gould.
That proved to be the trend for the rest of the half, as the sides went into the break goalless.
Shortly after the break, Chiefs squandered a glorious chance as un-marked Willard Katsande headed over from six-yards out.
Reyaad Pieterse came to SuperSport’s rescue in the 60th minute, as he produced a superb save to deny Joseph Molangoane who was through on goal.
Two minutes later, SuperSport had the ball in the back of the net but Jeremy Brockie’s strike was flagged offside.
With 15 minutes remaining, Steve Komphela opted to withdraw Gustavo Paez for Dumisani Zuma as they pushed for a winning goal.
Modiba went close to breaking the deadlock for SuperSport in the 84th minute, but Itumeleng Khune produced a fine save to keep out the winger’s curling free-kick.
Both sides pushed for a winning goal in the closing stages, but neither could fashion another clear cut chance as they settled for a share of the spoils.