Kaizer Chiefs’ stuttering start to the new season continued on Wednesday night at the FNB Stadium as they were held to a 0-0 league draw by TS Galaxy.
It could even have been worse for Gavin Hunt’s side had the visiting side converted a first-half penalty.
The result leaves the Soweto giants with four points from their opening three league games and they are yet to score a goal as their only win, against Chippa United, came via an own goal.
There were four changes to the Amakhosi line-up from the side which lost to Orlando Pirates last weekend, with Willard Katsande, Eric Mathoho, Kgotso Moleko and Bernard Parker coming in for Siyabonga Ngezana, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Kearyn Baccus and Leonardo Castro.
But although Amakhosi had shown good intensity early on, it wasn’t long before some errors crept into defence.
First, it was Philani Zulu, whose slip in the 25th minute allowed Tshegofatso Nyama in on goal. Nyama struck his shot well, but straight at Daniel Akpeyi, who made a sharp stop.
Two minutes later it got even worse when Daniel Cardoso missed a tackle on Lindokuhle Mbatha, who drove on into the Chiefs box and was then hacked down by Moleko, resulting in a penalty.
But fortunately for Moleko and the home side, Wayde Lekay’s nerves seemed to get the better of him from the spot and he fired his effort into the woodwork.
Galaxy did, however, continue to grow into the game and had another chance in the 39th minute when Karabo Tshepe played a one-two with Lekay before sending a powerful drive narrowly over the crossbar.
There was also another chance for Lekay, in first-half added time, but he was unable to squeeze a shot from a tight angle past an alert Akpeyi.
Although the Glamour Boys showed good focus and intensity after the restart, the Galaxy defence was not overly troubled and once more the Premier Soccer League (PSL) newcomers grew with confidence as the match went on.
Midway through the half and Chiefs did create some chances, but Leonardo Castro, on for an ineffective Manyama, went wide with a header, before Bernard Parker skewed a shot wide at the near post and then Baccus, also on a sub, had a shot blocked.
With Chiefs starting to run out of ideas, the game was there for the taking and Mokete Mogaila took things into his own hands with a breathtaking solo run in the 76th minute although he couldn’t make it count as Akpeyi’s partial save was cleared off the line by an alert Mathoho.
Chiefs pushed hard for a winner in the closing stages of the match but never really came close as it proved another frustrating night for them.
Next up for Amakhosi is a Soweto derby showdown on Sunday with Orlando Pirates in the second leg of the MTN8 semi-finals, Bucs having taken the first leg 3-0.