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.