Cape Town - Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns played to a
goalless draw in their Absa Premiership clash at Royal Bafokeng Palace Stadium
on Saturday night.
Sundowns came out the blocks flying and came close to
opening the scoring as early as the fourth minute with Ramahlwe Mphahlele’s
header failing to find the back of the net.
Bongi Ntuli, on loan from Sundowns, had a great opportunity
to score against his parent club after he was played in by a good pass from
Masibusane Zongo, but his shot was not strong enough to beat Kennedy Mweene in
goal for Sundowns.
Sundowns dominated possession for the better part of the
first half, but were let down by poor finishing, having created several
Khama Billiat also had a great chance in the 40th minute
after he was played in by Teko Modise, but his effort flashed in front of goal
with Dikwena’s goalkeeper, Mbongeni Nzimela, already beaten by the ball.
Nzimela nearly cost his side when unnecessarily rushed out
of goal, but Sibusiso Gumede and Vuyo Mere were on hand to prevent the danger
as Sundowns failed to capitalise on their dominance toward the end of the first
The second half started at a very slow pace, but Billiat was
very instrumental in attack for Sundowns, and tested Nzimela a number of times.
The two benches then reacted by bringing in attacking
players, with Platinum Stars introducing Tlou Segolela and Eleazer Rodgers.
Sundowns also brought on former Dikwena fan-favourite
Mogakolodi Ngele, who replaced Hlompho Kekana.
The chances were far and between in the second half, but
Rodgers was presented with the best chance to break the deadlock in 77th
minute, but Mweene was up to the task to stop the danger.
Ngele forced a good save from Mzimela with minutes to the
final whistle as Sundowns nearly stole it at the death.