AmaZulu, Tuks in dull draw

Chances were few and far between in a dull encounter, though the best chance of the match fell to Bongani Ndulula in the fifth minute. Marc van Heerden’s free-kick fell at the striker’s feet, but he was unable to convert from inches out.

The hosts controlled the opening exchanges, but AmaTuks looked more threatening as the half grew to an end. Their best chance of the first half fell to Lucky Mathosi on the stroke of half-time, but he scuffed his shot from Thabo Mosadi’s curling cross.

Chances were few and far between in the second stanza, with most of the action taking place in the middle of the park.

Ruzaigh Gamildien’s introduction in the 69th minute almost reaped immediate rewards with first Ndulula and then Goodman Dlamini going close.

First Ndulula failed with his attempt from close range after being picked out by Gamildien, before Dlamini blazed his effort over Washington Arubi’s crossbar after being set up by the former Bloemfontein Celtic midfielder.

The draw sees Usuthu move up to seventh as they kept their chances alive of finishing in the top half for the first time in five years, while the stalemate sees Tuks remain in 12th, six points off Platinum Stars in eighth.