Kurt Lentjies of Maritzburg United gets away from Travis Graham of Ajax Cape Town during the Absa Premiership 2016/17 football match between Ajax Cape Town and Maritzburg United at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 19 November 2016 ©Chris Ricco/BackpagePix
Saturday Dec 17, 2016. 17:59
Despite heading into the match in high spirits, Platinum Stars fired blanks when they faced Maritzburg United in their Absa Premiership tie which ended in a 0-0 draw at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The stalemate keeps Fadlu Davids' side at number eight on the log standings with 18 points from 14 league matches so far.
In the first 10 minutes, both camps exchanged good passes in the middle of the park, but both defences stood firm avoiding clear-cut chances.
However, the hosts came close to opening their scoreline when Robert Ng'ambi saw his header going inches over the crossbar from a cross on the right flank.
Although the match had no shots on target by the break, both sides enjoyed positive spells of ball possession in the heart of the park, with both goalkeepers enjoying an early holiday.
It was 0-0 at the interval.
The second stanza gave the hosts an opportunity to attack in numbers, as Ng'ambi came close to scoring when he unleashed a volley which sailed over Bongani Mpnadle's cross bar in the 62nd minute.
A minute later, Lebohang Maboe failed to hit the target when he received the ball unmarked in the box, his well taken shot went wide off the target with only goalkeeper, Mbongeni Mzimela to beat.
With 13 minutes to go, substitute Henrico Botes nearly made an immediate impact when he also tried a powerful long range effort from the d-line, but again it sailed wide over the posts.
Malawi international midfielder, Ng'ambi, once again came close to scoring the winner in the 88th minute when a rebound fell into his path which he failed to keep down.
As a result, Cavin Johnson's men occupy the 11th spot on the log with 13 points from the same number of league matches.
Platinum Stars (0)
Maritzburg United (0)
Platinum Stars: Mzimela, Sithole, Nhlapo, Mpeta, Mabule (Botes 75'), Mathe, Mere, Mabena, Tshabalala (Ntuli 60'), Ng'ambi, Shilongo
Maritzburg United: Mpandle, Fransman, Moyo (Sanoka 46'), Onyango, Weidlich, Shandu, Mekoa, Maboe, Lentjies (Shabalala 90'), Rusike, Mokate