Swallows FC's struggles in the DStv Premiership continued after playing to a goalless draw with Chippa United on Sunday afternoon.
Result: Chippa United 0-0 Swallows FC
Date: 24 October 2021
Vemue: Sisa Dukashe Stadium
Musa Nyatama and Vuyo Mere came into the side in place of Givemore Khupe and Tebogo Langerman.
Meanwhile, Ayanda Mtshali, Zuko Mdunyelwa, Sandile Mthethwa, Roscoe Pietersen, Sammy Seabi, Mokgalogodi Ngele and Bienvenu Nga were drafted into the Chippa starting lineup.
The home side started the stronger of the two teams, with Pietersen the first with a chance on goal with a deft header from a Riaan Hanamub delivery, that Swallows stopper Jody February needed two attempts to keep out.
Ngele then smashed a deflected effort onto the Swallows crossbar with February beaten as Chippa continued to press forward.
Gavin Hunt's team remained the dominant side, with Brandon Truter's men limited to attacking on the break but without threatening debutant stopper Mtshali.
Eva Nga was wide with a header from a pinpoint Riaan Hanamub's cross as the half drew to a close but not before Roscoe Pietersen saw his header blocked in front of the line by Thabo Matlaba.
Swallows though were much more attack-minded as the second half got underway, as Mwape Musonda saw his shot well saved before Thabo Matlaba fired high of his intended target.
The home side responded though, with Ngele and Seabi both coming close with efforts that flew inches wide.
February was forced to tip an Aboubacar Sangare header over his crossbar before Pietersen was narrowly off target with a neat flick, as he latched onto Thabiso Lebitso's delivery into the box.
Chances were arriving with more regularity as both sides searched for a win, with Swallows' Kagiso Malinga seeing his 66th minute drive saved, before Sangare was well wide from range at the other end.
February did well to come off his line and stop Eva Nga from powering his way through to goal one last time, as Matlala Makgalwa forced Mtshali into a fine stop.
Both sides continued to press for a winner, but it was not to be, with the result leaving Swallows in 13th place with seven points from eight games, and Chippa a place and point worse off in 14th position on the league standings.
Here's how they started:
Chippa: 16. Mtshali, 29. Mthethwa, 4. Hanamub, 2. Mdunyelwa, 11. Ngele, 5. Pietersen, 6. Seabi, 26. Sangare, 14. Mkhize, 9. Eva Nga, 28. Lebitso.
Subs: 19. Watenga, 3. Jodwana, 17. Sekotlong, 21. Dinge, 20. Mdlinzo, 10. Mokhele, 27. Lentjies, 24. Zulu, 8. Maloisane.
Swallows: 31. February, 8. Mere, 34. Sait, 5. Letlabika, 28. Sasman, 27. Matlaba, 15. Nyatama, 21. Margeman, 42. Matlou, 12. Gamildien, 20. Musonda
Subs: 17. Thela, 2. Sibiya, 41. Khutlang, 47. Wambi, 33. Khupe, 44. Langerman, 3. Mahlatsi, 35. Makgalwa, 26. Malinga.