MATCH CENTRE

SAT 09 JANUARY 2016, 20:15, FNB STADIUM

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Chiefs, 'Downs play to scoreless stalemate

by BackPageTXT

Sat January 09, 22:42

Bidvest Wits will have an opportunity to move top of the Absa Premiership standings on Sunday after Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns played to a goalless draw at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

The two South African giants came to life in the second-half in Soweto, but failed to convert chances at either side of the park as they shared the spoils.

A rather cagey opening 45 minutes was followed by an end to end battle after the break.

Camaldine Abraw was the only threat in the first stanza, but after George Maluleka missed a glorious chance just short of the hour, the game jumped into life.

The Amakhosi midfielder failed to convert with just Denis Onyango to beat after Siphiwe Tshabalala put him straight through on goal - the former Ajax Cape Town man seemed to be caught in two minds as he fluffed his effort with the goal at his mercy.

Maluleka was almost left ruing his blooper soon after as Khama Billiat forced Reyaad Pieterse into a smart save at his near post before Hlompho Kekana directed the rebound over the crossbar.

Tebogo Langerman nearly emerged as the unlikely hero with the fullback unlucky to see his stinging drive canon off the woodwork on 85 minutes. What looked a speculative effort, almost turned out to be the winning goal - Pieterse watched in disbelief as the ball crashed into the crossbar and away from danger.

The result leaves Chiefs 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')

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS MAMELODI SUNDOWNS GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
3
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP MAMELODI SUNDOWNS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
36
Defender
3
Defender
76'
78'
16
26
Defender
4
Defender
5
Defender
60'
2
Defender
24
Defender
6
Midfielder
10'
17
Midfielder
34
Midfielder
12
Midfielder
57'
8
6
Midfielder
7
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
31
Midfielder
46'
18
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
9
Forward/Striker
25
SUBSTITUTIONS
Matovu Sula
Midfielder
10'
0
Mogakolodi Ngele
Midfielder
46'
11
Hendrick Ekstein
Midfielder
73'
27
Asavela Mbekile
Midfielder
78'
5
Edward Manqele
Forward/Striker
90 + 2'
22
CARDS
Hlompho Kekana
Midfielder
57'
8
Thabo Nthethe
Defender
60'
2
Ramahlwe Mphahlele
Defender
76'
16
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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