Siphelele Ntshangase (c) of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Keagan Buchanan (l) and Siyanda Xulu (r) of Maritzburg United during the Absa Premiership 2018/19 match between Maritzburg United and Kaizer Chiefs at Harry Gwala Stadium, Pietermaritzburg on 17 August 2018 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Friday Aug 17, 2018. 21:58
Kaizer Chiefs poor start to the 2018-19 Absa Premiership continued as they were held to a goalless draw by a 10-man Maritzburg United outfit at the Harry Gwala Stadium in Pietermaritzburg on Friday evening.
Siphesihle Ndlovu received his marching orders after 15 minutes following a nasty challenge on Siyabonga Ngezana.
Despite being a man down, it was the team of choice to register the first attempt on goal as Deolin Mekoa fired his attempt inches wide a few minutes later following a defensive mistake by Willard Katsande.
Chiefs kicked into motion soon after as Khama Billiat squandered a golden chance before Hendrick Ekstein guided his attempt onto the woordwork with 26 minutes on the clock.
The Amakhosi continued to struggle in their attempts to break down a depleted Maritzburg outfit following the break as the rain continued to fall in the KwaZulu-Natal province.
Siphiwe Tshabalala rose off the bench in the closing stages and came close to finding the back of the net in the 80th minute. Richard Ofori forced into a top save to deny the midfielder; Siyanda Xulu was then in hand to clear the rebound as Maritzburg put their bodies on the line.
Despite a frantic finish to the encounter, Maritzburg were able to hold on as they registered their first point of the campaign.
Maritzburg United (0) 0
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 0
Maritzburg United: Ofori; Sanoka, De Reuck, Xulu, Tlhone, Buchanan (Farmer 78'), Shandu, Ndlovu, Mekoa, Makgalwa (Kunene 65'), Fileccia (Mokate 54').
Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Mphahlele, Ngezana, Cardoso, Ntiya-Ntiya (Tshabalala 76'), Katsande, Mahlasela (Moon 59'), Ntshangase, Ekstein, Billiat, Castro (Parker 87').