Mamelodi Sundowns were frustrated by Chippa United in the DStv Premiership match which ended in a 0-0 draw at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The matchday two result left the Chilli Boys and Masandawana placed at the top and second respectively on the league standings – level on points (four).
Masandawana started the match brightly and they were pressing the Chilli Boys’ defence, which nearly committed a mistake just seven minutes into the encounter.
Peter Shalulile ran onto Riaan Hanamub’s poor pass back to goalkeeper Ismail Watenga, but the ball narrowly escaped the Sundowns striker and the Chilli Boys survived a scare.
The Chilli Boys, who are under the guidance of tactically astute coach Gavin Hunt, looked solid and compact at the back, which forced Masandawana to try their luck from range.
Haashim Domingo was afforded space and time on the edge of the hosts’ box in the 28th minute and he unleashed a shot that was well blocked by Roscoe Pietersen.
Sundowns continued to dominate possession as the half-time break approached, moving the ball through the channels looking to create chances, but Chippa stood firm at the back and the score was 0-0 at the interval.
Masandawana continued to control the match after the restart and they were finally able to seriously test Watenga just four minutes into the second-half.
Mothobi Mvala delivered a good cross for Shalulile, who rose highest in the box and forced Uganda international Watenga into a great save with a header.
Thapelo Morena and Kermit Erasmus were introduced in the 59th minute and the Sundowns substitutes combined well, before the former played a dangerous cross which was intercepted by Watenga.
Sundowns kept pushing for the opening goal, but Watenga was proving to be a stumbling block as he made a good save to deny Lyle Lakay from a deflected free-kick in the 68th minute.
Watenga made another save with 13 minutes left on the clock and this time he was denying Gaston Sirino and the Chippa star’s goalkeeping heroics ensured that the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
Chippa: Watenga, Mdunyelwa, Hanamub, Pietersen, Seabi (Mkhize 54′), Mokhele, Ngele (Maloisane 87′), Mdlinzo, Dinge (Eva Nga 57′), Zulu, Lebitso.
Sundowns: Onyango, Mudau (Morena 59′), Lakay, De Reuck, G.Kekana, Mvala, Domingo (Vilakazi 85′), Coetzee, Modiba (Erasmus 59′), Maema (Sirino 59′), Shalulile (Safranko 68′).© Backpage TXT