Bloemfontein - Despite
playing to a 0-0 draw against Bloemfontein Celtic at the Dr Molema Stadium,
Cape Town City returned to the top of the Absa Premiership table on
draw sees the Mother City moving to the top with 39 points from 21 matches
in their campaign.
opening stages of the tie saw both Premier Soccer League sides battling for
Lakay produced a brilliant set piece for the hosts in the 25th minute aiming to
beat City goalkeeper Shu-Aib Walters on his right corner, but it went inches
over the cross bar.
the crowd singing on the stands, the hosts displayed good football moving
forward and Lantshene Phalane's long range shot forced a wonderful save from
Walters in the 38th minute.
three minutes to the tunnel, Eric Tinkler's side were awarded a corner kick and
Manyama played it short to Roland Putsche whose disappointing shot sailed over.
was 0-0 at the break.
their return, Phunya Sele Sele's Moeketsi Mvula was set free in a quick counter
attack in the 60th minute, but the speedy winger failed to hit the target and
rushed his shot which went wide.
both sides pushed to break the deadlock, Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb was
forced to leave his posts in the 71st minute to stop the pacey Bhongolwethu
Jayiya in the penalty area.
minutes later, Manyama also came close to bag a winner when he received a
wonderful pass from the right flank, his effort beat Tignyemb but hit the cross
bar and was cleared.
seven minutes to go, Tshegofatso Mabaso outpaced the City defence and beat
Tshepo Gumede in the box yet he failed to lead his curler into Walters' far
corner as the keeper parried it away.
was end to end stuff in the dying minutes of the tie, and Mabaso once again
came close to finding the back of the net, but he failed to lower his shot in
the 90th minute.
will be disappointed to have lost two points as they remain at number 13 on the
log with 19 points from 20 league matches.