Kaizer Chiefs were let down by some poor finishing during their Premier Soccer League match against AmaZulu FC which ended in a 0-0 draw at FNB Stadium on Saturday evening.
Yusuf Maart walked straight into the Chiefs starting line-up after serving his two-match which includes the Soweto giants' win over Stellenbosch FC in an MTN8 match last weekend. Amakhosi were determined to return to winning ways in the league after losing to Cape Town City last week Tuesday.
The Glamour Boys were up against an AmaZulu side that was coming off a win over Cape Town City in an MTN8 clash last weekend. However, Usuthu were also looking to bounce back to winning ways in the PSL having suffered their maiden loss of the campaign when they lost to Lamontville Golden Arrows last week Wednesday.
Chiefs got off to a bright start - attacking the AmaZulu defence with speed which saw Mbongeni Gumede handle the ball in the box while attempting to stop the hard-running Kgaogelo Sekgota and the hosts were awarded a penalty. Dillon Solomons fired wide of the target from the penalty spot with goalkeeper Veli Mothwa diving the right way.
Mothwa then produced a magnificent diving save to deny Khama Billiat who had dribbled past his marker before shooting at goal. The visitors improved gradually towards the half-time break with Njabulo Ngcobo putting his body on the line - blocking Frank Mhango's goal-bound shot, while Zitha Kwinika nearly scored an own-goal with a miscued clearance and the score was 0-0 at half-time.
AmaZulu threatened first after the restart with Augustine Chidi Kwem being denied by keeper Itumeleng Khune at the near post. Chiefs then pilled pressure on the visitors with Mothwa becoming a busy man - parrying away a thumping shot from Sifiso Hlanti, before positioning himself well to gather a cross which had deflected off Abubaker Mobara.
Keagan Dolly and new signing Bonfils Caleb Bimenyimana were introduced by coach Arthur Zwane with Chiefs hoping to snatch a late winning goal. However, Mothwa and his defence stood firm in the closing proceedings, and ultimately, the match ended in a 0-0 draw.
Despite the draw, Chiefs moved up to the 10th spot on the league standings ahead of their encounter against Marumo Gallants on September 11. AmaZulu climbed up to second place on the log, and they are scheduled to face Chippa United on September 10.