Swallows, Sundowns play to 0-0 draw

Swallows, Sundowns play to 0-0 draw
Aubrey Modiba of Mamelodi Sundowns challenged by Lebohang Mokoena of Swallows during the DStv Premiership 2020/21 match between Swallows and Mamelodi Sundowns at Dobsonville, Pretoria, on 29 May 2021 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Saturday May 29, 2021. 19:48

Swallows FC held 2020-21 DStv Premiership champions Mamelodi Sundowns to a 0-0 draw at Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday.

The match had the feeling of an encounter with little on the line for most part and despite a thrilling end, it ultimately ended goalless as Swallows played to a record-extending 19th stalemate of the league season.

The result moved Sundowns up to 61 points for the season while Swallows remained in fifth place on 43 points. Both teams have still only lost once this season with two rounds of fixtures remaining.

Musa Nyatama registered the only shot on target in the first-half with eight minutes on the clock. The midfielder, who scored a dramatic late equaliser in the reverse fixture, was allowed to shoot, but Reyaad Pieterse was well positioned to make an easy save.

Sundowns were forced into an early change with Themba Zwane having to make his way from the field five minutes into the second half after picking up an injury.

The Brazilians were not weakened by his absence and finally conjured a chance at goal in the 53rd minute. Aubrey Modiba created space for himself before finding the target with a powerful left-footed drive, but Sanele Tshabalala was up to the task.

Sundowns had a glorious chance to take the lead in the 72nd minute. Sibusiso Vilakazi sent Peter Shalulile through on goal and the Namibia international looked sure to score, but a timely challenge from Junaid Sait rushed the striker who duly skied his effort over the crossbar.

This sparked the hosts into life and four minutes later Kagiso Malinga almost had the desired impact off the bench. S’fiso Hlanti found the forward with a pin-point cross but Malinga could only succeed in directing his header attempt onto the woodwork from close range.

Moikhomotsi Thibedi then thumped another powerful shot straight into the grateful hands of Pieterse moments later before late penalty shouts at either end, but in the end the two teams had to settle for a point apiece.

Swallows FC 0

Mamelodi Sundowns 0

Swallows FC: Tshabalala; Hlanti, Sait, Ngcobo, Matlaba, Nyatama, Mokoena, Thibedi, Sekgota (Senwamadi 74′), Mbokoma (Basadien 74′), Gamildien (Malinga 74′).

Mamelodi Sundowns: Pieterse; Lakay, Lebusa, De Reuck, Mudau (Morena 82′), Coetzee, Mvala, Modiba (Domingo 82′), Maboe (Affonso 77′), Zwane (Vilakazi 50′), Shalulile.

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