AmaKhosi hold Sundowns to goalless draw

Kaizer Chiefs survived a late assault from Mamelodi Sundowns to hold the Absa Premiership log leaders to a goalless draw at the FNB Stadium on Saturday.

A rather uneventful first half was followed by a thrilling second stanza, but for all the attacking action neither side could conjure a goal as the spoils were shared in Soweto.

Chiefs coach Steve Komphela boasted a clean bill of heath heading into the clash with Erick Mathoho returning to the starting eleven, but the list was spoiled as George Lebese was forced off after 10 minutes after appearing to tweak a groin.

Uganda international Sula Matovu took his place.

It was a rather cagey start by both teams with the hosts content in defending deep, welcoming the opposition on to them.

Both teams enjoyed spells of possession, but neither could find the killer instinct in the final third. Camaldine Abraw was the liveliest player on the park and proved to be the main attacking threat in the first-half.

His shot on 29 minutes was the first on target in the clash and the Togo international continued to press for the opener while opposite number Leandro Castro hardly had a sniff of the ball.

Pitso Mosimane introduced Mogakolodi Ngele for Themba Zwane after the break as he demanded more from his side in attack.

The first real chance of the match would fall to George Maluleka on 59 minutes.

Captain Siphiwe Tshabalala played a pin-point ball to send the midfielder through on goal and after a good first touch he looked sure to score, but somehow the former SuperSport United man scuffed his effort with only goalkeeper Denis Onyango to beat.

This set Sundowns in motion and following a poor clearance Khama Billiat almost handed the Brazilians the lead in the 72nd minute. The Zimbabwe attacker forced Reyaad Pieterse into a superb save before Hlompho Kekana directed the rebound over the crossbar.

Tebogo Langerman then went within inches of stealing all three points with five minutes remaining. The versatile fullback unleashed a shot from way out which dipped and swerved, leaving Pieterse rooted to the spot as the ball cannoned off the crossbar.

The result gives Bidvest Wits the opportunity to leap ahead of 'Downs with victory in Port Elizabeth tomorrow. Chiefs remain five points off the pace.

Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0

Mamelodi Sundowns (0) 0

Kaizer Chiefs: Pieterse, Gaxa, Gordinho, Mathoho, Masilela, Katsande, Tshabalala, Letsholonyane, Maluleka, Lebese (Matovu 10' [Ekstein 73']), Abraw (Manqele 90+2')

Mamelodi Sundowns: Onyango; Mphahlele (Mbekile 78'), Arendse, Nthethe, Langerman, Kekana, Zungu, T.Zwane (Ngele 46'), Dolly, Billiat, Castro (Laffor 86')