Cosmos hold SuperSport

It is a fifth successive draw for Ezenkosi, and a third game without a win for Matsatsantsa. Ezenkosi remain bottom of the log, while United are fifth, now a full seven points behind leaders Mamelodi Sundowns.

The first half saw little goalmouth action as both teams struggled to find an attacking rhythm. The only notable chance was a 40th-minute free-kick from United’s Tebogo Langerman that forced a good save out of Cosmos goalkeeper Abisai Shiningayamwe.

Cosmos were dealt an injury blow at the end of the first half when veteran midfielder Mark Haskins was forced to withdraw with what looked like a hamstring strain, allowing for the introduction of promising youngster Broderick Burds.

SuperSport dominated proceedings after the break but their attack was strangely toothless, hardly testing Shiningayamwe. Coach Gavin Hunt attempted to rectify this when he introduced Sibusiso Zuma and Franklin Cale round the hour-mark.

Ironically it was defender Mario Booysen who almost broke the deadlock in Matsatsantsa’s favour in the 78th minute, sending a glancing header just wide of the far post from Sameehg Doutie’s corner-kick.

Just under 10 minutes later Cosmos almost scored a goal out of nothing, as a flick-on from Phethego Maebela almost looped over Ronwen Williams and into the net, but the ball drifted just wide of the far post.