Result: Kaizer Chiefs 0-0 Bloemfontein Celtic
Date: 24 February 2018
Venue: FNB Stadium
Kaizer Chiefs failed to close the gap on Mamelodi Sundowns after they were held to a 0-0 draw by Bloemfontein Celtic at the FNB Stadium.
Leonardo Castro almost opened the scoring for Amakhosi in the fourth minute, after going through on the right side of the box, but Celtic goalkeeper Patrick Tignyemb produced a great save to stop his low strike.
Steve Komphela’s charges were enterprising going forward, with Siwelele seemingly happy to allow the home side to dictate the pace of the game.
However, there were no clear-cut chances created in the opening 25 minutes, as both sides were still trying to find their rhythm.
Siyabonga Ngezana almost broke the deadlock for the home side on 30 minutes with a header inside the box, but he could not find the target as the effort sailed wide.
Castro had a chance to find the breakthrough for the Soweto giants six minutes from the break, although he sent his volley over the crossbar from 12 yards out.
Celtic ended the half on a strong note although they lacked the killer pass to penetrate the Chiefs defence, as the sides went into the break scoreless.
Wiseman Meyiwa had a chance to break the deadlock for Amakhosi eight minutes into the second stanza, with a low shot from just outside the box, but Tignyemb produced a good save to keep the scores level.
On the hour mark, Deon Hotto almost got on the scoresheet for Veselin Jelusic’s men, after going through on the right side of the box but Itumeleng Khune was on hand to make a good stop at the near post.
Ryan Moon, who had been quiet this far, had his first chance in the 72nd minute for Amakhosi, unleashing a fierce strike from the right side of the box that was parried away by Tignyemb.
The woodwork proved a frustration for Chiefs with a few minutes remaining, when Daniel Cardoso's header crashed against the upright with Tignyemb well beaten.
That proved to be the final chance of the game, as Chiefs had to settle for a point that leaves them five points behind Absa Premiership leaders Sundowns.
Here's how they lined up:
Chiefs: 32. Khune, 4. Cardoso, 20. Ngezana, 2. Mphahlele, 22. Zulu (Tshabalala 81'), 23. Molangoane, 12. Maluleka, 38. Meyiwa, 27. Ekstein (Parker 67'), 29. Moon, 8. Castro (Ntshangase 75').
Subs: 16. Khuzwayo, 25. Parker, 14. Tshabalala, 3. Mathoho, 6. Jayiya, 5. Ntshangase, 35. Malope.
Celtic: 30. Tignyemb, 3. Pfumbidzai, 27. Rikhotso, 33. Motshegwa (Dlamini 46'), 13. Letsoalo (Maruping 85'), 2. Molekwane, 25. Gordinho, 35. Baloyi, 7. Hotto (Mashikinya 90+3'), 10. Mabena, 8. Phalane.
Subs: 34. Dambe, 26. Lubisi, 17. Mabasa, 18. Mashikinya, 45. Nyundu, 4. Dlamini, 6. Maruping.