Cape Town - Free State Stars had to settle for a point after being held
to a goalless draw by AmaZulu at Goble Park on Saturday night.
It proved to be a game of attrition as both sides cancelled
each other out had to settle for a point apiece.
Stars were the better side early on with Sinethemba Jantjie
firing in an early sighter that flew wide of the target.
Siphelele Mthembu was played through on goal on 24 minutes
before being called back for offsides, before Ovidy Karuru's low shot on 38
minutes was collected with ease by Badra-Ali Sangare.
Maxime Cosse forced a good save from Siyabonga Mbatha on 43
minutes before Mthembu fired just off target as the half drew to a close.
Ea Lla Koto were quickest out of the blocks at the start of
the second period, but were denied a couple of good goalscoring chances by a
narrow Usuthu defence.
And while Nhlanhla Vilakazi was wide with his shot, Harris
Tchilimbou forced another good save from the AmaZulu keeper on 56 minutes, as
he got down well to his left to make the save.
Siyabonga Nomvethe failed to hit the target with his effort
moments later, while Simphiwe was also off target on the hour mark.
Stars continued to press and a curling Jantjie corner caused
some problems for the visitors before a long range attempt from Cosse was
pushed behind by Mbatha.
Mbatha was again in the action in the dying minutes to deny
Stars from grabbing a late winner.