AmaZulu and Aces stalemate
Posted: 7 February 2010 Time: 17:49
AmaZulu were held to a 0-0 draw by Mpumalanga Black Aces at Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday.
The first half was a stop-start affair as both teams failed to inject any fluency into their play. However, Amazulu’s strikers had successive shots at Aces goals as early as the second minute.
First, Ayanda Dlamini’s strike was blocked by defender Buti Sithole which sat up nicely for Bradley Ritson but his effort kept out by keeper Energy Murambadoro long legs.
Ritson was in a goal scoring position yet again in the 20th minute but this time he hit the Aces upright with a header.
Four minutes later, Gilbert Mushangazike fashioned the visitor’s first crack at goal when he let rip with a firm drive from the edge of the Amazulu penalty area. Mbongeni Mzimela parried the effort to safety with the help of his crossbar.
Mzimela spared his captain Pere Ariweriyai’s blushes four minutes before half-time by diving full length to keep-out the defenders cushioned header. Mushgazike got a shot on target, seconds before the interval, but it was directed straight at the AmaZulu keeper.
The less than one thousand spectators that turned up for this fixture would have thought that they were in for a better showing from their favourites in the second half when winger Thabo Mabaso went on a surging run into the Aces goal area which he ended with him firing off target.
But it was not to be, the second half was far less eventful.
Aces Lindokhule Mbatha’s shot that was slipped through Mzimela’s grasp and went for a corner in the 75th minute and Dlamini’s attempt that was kept out by Murambadoro’s boot, three minutes later, were the only significant moments in a dour second half.