Cape Town City and Kaizer Chiefs in goalless stalemate in the Mother City

Taahir Goedeman fights Kaizer Chiefs’ Ashley Du Preez for the ball during an earlier clash between the two teams

FILE - Taahir Goedeman fights Kaizer Chiefs’ Ashley Du Preez for the ball during an earlier clash between the two teams. Photo: Ayanda Ndamane/African News Agency (ANA)

Published Mar 30, 2024


Cape Town City FC and Kaizer Chiefs’ had a minor setback in their bid to qualify for the CAF Champions League when they played to a goalless stalemate at the Athlone Stadium in the Mother City on Saturday.

Both teams are looking to secure second place, but they didn’t do themselves any favours on a warm Cape Town afternoon.

While Chiefs would have been happy with a point on the road, Erik Tinkler was not happy, especially after his side dominated play in the opening 45 minutes.

The game started slowly, and Chiefs’ goalkeeper Bruce Bvuma had to be alert to prevent Cape Town City debutant Aprocius Petrus from breaking the deadlock midway through the first 45.

As the first half wore on, the action on the field moved from end-to-end as both sides looked to create an opening.

The home side looked the better as they have the lions’ share of the ball possession, but unusually, the first half ended without a goal being scored.

The second half started in frantic fashion as Chiefs looked to be quickest out of the blocks. Darren Keet made a save early on in the half, while Wandile Duba watched his shot sail past the upright a few minutes later.

For much of the second half, play was concentrated in the middle of the park as neither side was able to create any real opportunities.

In Saturday’s other game in the Western Cape, Stellenbosch FC took a massive step toward CAF Champions League qualification when they beat Royal AM 3-0 at the Danie Craven Stadium.

Goals from Devin Titus, Iqraam Rayners, and an own goal from Siphesihle Msomi ensured that Steve Barker’s men would keep all three points in the Cape Winelands, while Royal AM were unable to bag another win against a Cape side following their win over the Citizens two weeks ago.

In the KZN Derby, Steve Komphela’s revolution continued as Golden Arrows beat Richards Bay 2-1. Meanwhile, at the Old Peter Mokaba Stadium, veteran Ndumiso Mabena scored the only goal as Polokwane City beat Chippa United 1-0.

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