Kaizer Chiefs got their CAF Champions League campaign underway with a goalless draw against Group C leaders AC Horoya on Tuesday evening.
Anthony Akumu Agay, who was a late entry against SuperSport United on Saturday in the DStv Premiershi, started in place of the injured Eric Mathoho while Kearyn Baccus came in for Njabulo Blom.
Chiefs started more promisingly early on with Leonardo Castro running frequently in-behind the defence before goalkeeper Moussa Camara got to work with a few smart blocks around the area.
The first shot in anger from the Glamour Boys though came before the closing period of the first half through Bernard Parker who took aim metres from the actual target.
Another glaring opportunity from a ball into the area went the home side’s way seconds later, but forward Samir Nurkovic couldn’t keep his header down.
Horoya nearly went to the break in front with an own-goal from a mistimed defensive clearance on 31 minutes by Agay, but fortunately the effort flew wide.
In the second half, Chiefs showcased the same energy and had the ball in the net through a header from Nurkovic but it was disallowed off for offside.
Nurkovic had the ball in the back of the net for the second time after 52 minutes following a tap-in inside the area, but he was once again flagged for offside. The frustrations for the Serbian continued a minute later as he dragged a clear header inches away from the net.
Gavin Hunt looked to the bench midway in the second half and called on Blom for Willard Katsande with Nkosingiphile Ngcobo removed for Lebogang Manyama.
Chiefs’ frustrations continued with a cross-cum shot from Reeve Frosler hitting the side-netting before Camara tipped Manyama’s late free-kick away from goal as it finished goalless in Johannesburg.
Chiefs: Khune, Mphahlele, Ngezana, Agay, Frosler, Katsande, Baccus, Ngcobo, Parker, Castro, Nurkovic
Subs: Akpeyi, Kambole, Blom, Sasman, Manyama, Zulu
Horoya: Moussa Camara, Alseny Camara, Doumbouya, Abou Camara, Nikiema, Djibo, Sylla, Agyei, Mandela, Barry
Subs: Odongkara, Traore, Coulibaly, Sebe, Soumah, Daouda Camara, Keita