Kaizer Chiefs‘ title ambitions suffered a knock as they could only afford to play to a 0-0 draw away to Cape Town City on Tuesday night.
Stuart Baxter and his team went into the encounter on the back of a 1-0 defeat to TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup.
And they were looking to bounce back and redeem themselves after being pressured to perform by their fans.
However, it wasn’t to be as they fired blanks for the second game in a row, and the result has dented their chances of catching Mamelodi Sundowns.
Baxter again benched out-and-out striker Samir Nurkovic while Leonardo Castro was left out of the traveling squad to Cape Town City.
Bernard Parker, Keagan Dolly and Khama Billiat led the Amakhosi attack while City had new signing Mogamat May upfront.
City made the first attempt at goal as Rhodes nearly caught Brandon Petersen off his line but his lobbed attempt went over the crossbar.
Last weekend’s villain Phathutshedzo Nange saw his shot go over the crossbar minutes later while Keagan Dolly couldn’t get his attempted shot past Craig Martin who timed his tackle well to block the attempt.
May then took Daniel Cardoso on before attempting to beat Petersen with a curler but the Chiefs goalkeeper made a brilliant save.
Njabulo Blom should have done better from the edge of the box just before the break but his half-volley went straight over Hugo Marques’ goal.
Amakhosi controlled the game at the start of the second half as they looked to find spaces behind the City defenders.
However, despite having speedy players in the final third, Chiefs’ entries into the City box were too slow and they weren’t able to threaten.
Dolly came the closest on the hour-mark as he hit the side netting following a pass from Ramahlwe Mphahlele from the right-hand side of Amakhosi’s attack.
Substitute Khanyisa Mayo brought some sense of urgency after coming on, and he made an immediate impact as he had two shots at goal.
His first attempt from outside the box sailed over the crossbar after being afforded acres of space by the Chiefs players.
Mayo’s second attempt saw him storm into the Chiefs box, drop a shoulder before curling his effort but Petersen was well-positioned to make an easy save.
Ultimately, both Chiefs and City settled for a share of the spoils with the visitors moving up to third on the log while Eric Tinkler’s men remained ninth on the standings.
CAPE TOWN CITY VS KAIZER CHIEFS: STARTING LINEUPS
Cape Town City XI: Hugo, Fielies, Fasika, Mkhize, Mashego, Mokeke, Mokhoune, Mdantsane, Rhodes, Martin, May.
Subs: Mpandle, Fisher, Molao, Morris, Cupido, Goedeman, Mayo, Sifumba.
Kaizer Chiefs XI: Petersen, Mathoho, Cardoso, Dube, Mphahlele, Frosler, Blom, Nange, Dolly, Parker, Billiat.
Subs: Bvuma, Manyama, Nurkovic, Baccus, Agay, Ngezana, Sekgota, Mabiliso.