Absa Premiership

Chiefs frustrated by Celtic at home

2018-02-24 22:45
Itumeleng Khune (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs missed the chance to move to within a single win of Mamelodi Sundowns following their 0-0 with Bloemfontein Celtic at the FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

The first half was a cagey affair, with little in the way of clear chances. The second half saw more goalmouth action, but neither goalkeeper was particularly busy and both kept clean sheets. 

There was some good news for Amakhosi ahead of kick-off as Mamelodi Sundowns were held to a 1-1 draw by SuperSport United, meaning that Steve Komphela's side had the chance to move within three points of the top. 

They had plenty of possession in the first half, but struggled to break a dogged Siwelele down. The most Patrick Tignyemb had to do in the opening 45 minutes was get down to parry a Leonardo Castro strike from the edge of the box in the fifth minute. 

Celtic's best chance of the game came in the 59th minute, when Deon Hotto was left in space on the right and picked out. However, his close-range effort was saved by Itumeleng Khune at the near post. 

Tignyemb had a trouble-free second half until the 74th minute, when he had to beat away a fierce long-range strike from Ryan Moon. A minute later, Daniel Cardoso had him beaten with a header from a corner, but was denied by the crossbar. 

Ultimately, the visitors clung on to claim a deserved point. Chiefs remain five points behind Sundowns, but Orlando Pirates now have the opportunity to leapfrog them into second place should they win against Chippa United on Sunday.

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