No goals at the AmaTuks Stadium as team share a point in the Absa Premiership
University of Pretoria have been held to a 0-0 draw by Platinum Stars in their Absa Premiership encounter at the AmaTuks Stadium on Tuesday evening.
The result is perhaps a fair one, though both sides had opportunities to win the game in what was an entertaining match in the nation’s capital.
The home side welcomed back midfielder Thabo Mosadi after he underwent knee surgery at the end of last season, but coach Steve Barker otherwise fielded a settled line-up.
Platinum Stars made a number of changes to their team, Benson Mhlongo replacing the suspended Thabiso Semenya at centre-back, while former SuperSport United defender Tsepo Gumede was selected to partner him.
Luvolwethu Mpeta also got his first start at left-back, while there was a recall to the starting line-up for Malawian international Robert Ng’ambi.
Siphelele Mthembu had the first opportunity of the game, firing wide when well placed inside the box, while Joseph Molangoane put his free-kick wide.
Mogakolodi Ngele almost found the opener for the visitors as they continued their find start, but Washington Arubi forced his shot around the post.
AmaTuks had their first real chance when Lionel Mutizwa found himself in acres of space in the box and instead of picking his spot, rushed his shot and put it wide.
The home team were dealt a blow five minutes before halftime when they had to replace the in-form forward Mpho Maruping though injury, Dumisani Ngwenya taking his place.
Buhle Mkhwanazi powered a shot on goal just before the break that drew a good save from Siyabonga Mpontshane in the Stars goal.
Mthembu headed over the bar from a Molangoane cross on the hour-mark, while at the other end Mame Niang had a similar chance that he too put over the bar.
Both teams went in search of the win going into the final 20 minutes, with no signs that either side were settling for a draw.
Mthembu then had two opportunities in quick succession, his shot going wide and then a header that was easily saved by Arubi.
That was the last of the action, neither side could force a winner on the night and a point apiece was how it ended.
These two sides will be back in action on the weekend, AmaTuks making the trip to the Mother City to face Ajax Cape Town, while Stars host AmaZulu in Rustenburg. Both of those games are on Saturday afternoon.