Arrows let Chiefs off the hook

The Golden Arrows camp will feel rather aggrieved at being held to a goalless draw at the Moses Mabhida Stadium tonight, especially after wasting numerous chances in the second half.

The point severely dents Arrows chances of making the MTN8, the competition that they won earlier this season.

For Chiefs, the result effectively ends their chances of bagging the league title. They now have 44 points with three matches left to play and it would take a miracle for them to claim the title from this position – especially considering SuperSport United won their match tonight.

After a dour opening 20 minutes of play in the first half, Arrows Njabulo Manqana rifled in a powerful low drive which Chiefs keeper Arthur Bartman grabbed at the second attempt. Seconds later, Knowledge Musona skipped clear from Arrows defence when he collected a poor Thanduyise Khuboni defensive clearance, but Arrows keeper Thulasizwe Khuzwayo came off his line quickly to deny the Zimbabwean striker.

Arrows midfielder Lindokhule Bengu broke down the right flank and sent in a low cross into the Chiefs danger area but Ntlantla Zothwane miscued his strike.

Chiefs' striker Musona rattled the Arrows upright a few minutes before the interval with a well struck shot.

Arrows should have had a handsome advantage had Thokozani Mshengu not been wasteful with the three clear-cut opportunities that came his way in the space of five minutes, minutes after the break.

Midfielder Zothwane tested the reflexes of Bartman in the 58th when he got onto the end of a threaded ball from Mzivukile Tom, but the keeper did enough to avert the danger.

Chiefs only effort on target in the second half came when Musonda made good contact with a strike from 20 metres out that required Khuzwayo to tip over his crossbar. Siyabonga Sangweni got a decisive touch when Abia Nale was bearing down on the Arrows goals in the 75th minute.

Richard Henyekane failed to make contact with a header when he had the Chiefs goals at his mercy a minute later, Thamsanqa Gabuza picked him out with an accurate cross.

The last chance of the match fell to Zothwane with four minutes remaining. Joseph Musonda launched a long throw which Gabuza flicked into the path of the midfielder.