Absa Premiership

FS Stars, Usuthu in stalemate

2014-10-22 20:09
Tom Saintfiet (Supplied)
Cape Town - AmaZulu were held to a goalless draw by Free State Stars in an Absa Premiership match at Charles Mopeli Stadium on Wednesday.
 
Stars settled the quicker of the two teams and threatened an early goal through attackers Moeketsi Sekola and Richard Henyekane, though neither was able to unduly trouble AmaZulu goalkeeper Aubrey Mathibe.
 
The visitors gradually came into the game, with the lively Nkosinathi Mthiyane proving a thorn in the side of Stars’ defence, but he was not able to get the better of Glenn Verbauwede from numerous attempts in the first 45 minutes.
 
Bafana Bafana striker Bongani Ndulula probably had Usuthu’s best effort on goal in the first half, with his 34th minute shot forcing Verbauwede into a sharp save in which he could only parry the ball away from the target.
 
Ea Lla Koto opted for a change in midfield at the start of the second half, with former Black Leopards and Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder coming on as a substitute for Katlego Mashego to make his league debut for the Free State side.
 
The teams continued to trade scoring chances, with Madondo notably denied by a fine save from Verbauwede early in the second stanza, while Mabunda and Henyekane went close with long range shots that weren’t far off the mark.
 
Usuthu enjoyed a strong period of dominance with about a quarter hour remaining of regulation time, as both Madondo and substitute Philani Shange were denied by fine saves from Verbauwede.
 
Teams:

Free State Stars: Verbauwede, Mkhwanazi, Angula, Shabalala, Thlone, Mashego (Mabunda 46’), Masehe, Mdluli (Abdul-Basit 66’), Thebakang, Sekola (Abraw 81’), Henyekane
 
AmaZulu: Mathibe, Mwedihanga, Nyadombo, Johannes, Hlanti, Mthiyane, Madondo (Mwape 83’), Arwuah (Shabalala 71’), G. Dlamini, A. Dlamini (Shange 68’), Ndulula

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