City drop valuable points in title bid

Cape Town City dropped valuable points in their quest for a maiden Absa Premiership title as they were held to a 0-0 draw by fellow league contenders Polokwane City at Cape Town Stadium on Friday evening.

The hosts squandered several chances throughout the 90 minutes on what could prove to be a pivotal night in the race for this season's league crown. City drop to fourth as a result, with Bidvest Wits having claimed a 4-2 win away to Bloemfontein Celtic at the same time.

Rise and Shine, who remain three points behind City and six behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns, are now six games unbeaten.

City threatened early through Chirs David in the 16th minute. David, who was the hero in the club's memorable win over the Brazilians earlier this month, took aim from range but George Chigova was well positioned to deny the midfielder with 16 minutes on the clock.

The visitors were content in sitting deep and welcoming the hosts - who are arguably the best counter-attacking team in the country - to attack as they set their sights on what would be a valuable point on their travels.

Much of the same followed in the second half as the in-form Kermit Erasmus fired a shot over the crossbar before Siphelele Mthembu saw his effort well saved by Chigova in the 70th minute.

Both teams, who have been a hot scoring form throughout the campaign, fancied their chances at netting a late winner, but it was not to be for either side as both teams ultimately settled for a share of the spoils.

Cape Town City (0) 0

Polokwane City (0) 0

Cape Town City: Leeuwenburgh; Mkhize (Links 81'), Fielies, Dove, Seedat, Mokeke, Modise, Norodien (Martin 64'), Ralani, David (Mthembu 60'), Erasmus.

Polokwane City: Chigova; Hlongwane, Motloung, Mvelase, Mbonani, Manaka, J.Maluleke, Phiri, Tlolane (Mashumba 70'), Booi (W.Maluleke 86'), Anas (Seabi 88').