Bloemfontein Celtic were held to a goalless draw by AmaZulu in an Absa Premiership encounter at Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium on Sunday afternoon
AmaZulu forward Nkosinathi Mthiyane played in a dangerous cross into the Celtic box. Siwelele defender Musa Bilankulu did well to clear the ball away in the fifth minute.
In-form Celtic midfielder Gabadinho Mhango did well to find some space behind the AmaZulu defenders in the 17th minute. Unfortunately, the referee blew the whistle for off-side just when he was about to test Usuthu goalkeeper Philani Zikalala.
Siwelele's Botswana international Mogogi Gabonamong nearly broke the deadlock in the 34th minute. The midfielder found himself unmarked inside the AmaZulu box, but his header went wide of the goal.
It was 0-0 at half-time, with both sides struggling to convert their goalscoring opportunities. The home side were awarded an indirect free-kick inside the Usuthu box just one minute into the second half. Malawi international Mhango's strike from the set-piece was cleared off the goal line by Usuthu defender Bonginkosi Macala.
In the 70th minute, Celtic speedster Joel Mogorosi played a good pass inside the Usuthu box. The pass found Siwelele substitute Vuyani Ntanga, who tried to chip the ball over Usuthu keeper Zikalala. However, Zikalala brilliantly parried the ball away for a corner-kick.
Five minutes later, Usuthu defender Marc Van Heeden nearly found the back of the net from a well-taken set-piece. The left back was just unfortunate as his strike from 25 yards out narrowly missed Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb's upright.
Celtic substitute Ntanga missed another glorious opportunity in the 82nd minute. Siwelele striker Lerato Lamola played in a good cross into the Usuthu box from the left. The cross found Ntanga unmarked yet again, but the nippy forward's attempt went inches wide of the target.
It ended 0-0, and AmaZulu moved to position five on the Absa Premiership standings.