Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
1 minute read
9 Jan 2016
10:30 pm

Chiefs and Sundowns play to a goalless draw

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Kaizer Chiefs and Mamelodi Sundowns played to an uninspiring goalless draw in an Absa Premiership match at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.

Camaldine Abraw of Kaizer Chiefs challenged by Thabo Nthethe of Mamelodi Sundowns during the Absa Premiership match at the FNB Stadium. (Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix)

The much anticipated match-up between the two giants of South African football failed to live up to expectations as both teams looked to play it safe and avoid a defeat.

The last time the two met – in a Telkom Knockout final in Durban on December 16, 2015 – Sundowns ran rings around Amakhosi and annexed the cup with a 3-1 win.

But Saturday’s game was not as exciting as it was expected to be, although both teams had a few chances, there was not much to write home about.

After a dull first half, Chiefs could have taken the lead early in the second but George Maluleka fluffed a golden opportunity when he sent his shot wide when he found himself through on goal and with only the Downs goalkeeper, Denis Onyango to beat.

Sundowns also had a few chances as they piled on the pressure in the dying minutes looking to steal the three points.

The means Sundowns remain joint top with Mpumalanga Black Aces who beat Polokwane City 1-0 also on Saturday evening.