Kagiso Madiene of North West challenged by Senzo Sithebe of Kwa Zulu Natal
Monday Jul 14, 2014. 18:52
KwaZulu Natal held the North West province to a goalless draw in a tactical and physical 2014 SAB Under-21 National Championship clash at the North West University Sports Grounds in Mafikeng
Following impressive wins in their first games of the tournament it was no surprise that the final clash of day 2 was dubbed the tie of the tournament thus far.
It might not of rained goals, but the strategic battle was fascinating to watch with both teams trying, ultimately without any success, to unlock the oppositions defence.
The first chance of the match fell to Kwanele Hlongwane, the KZN midfielder made a driving run towards goal before unleashing an effort which was well saved by Tshukudu Koketso in the 13th minute.
KZN continued to create the better of the chances with Mondli Ndlovu heading just wide eight minutes later.
With the crowd spurring them on, the hosts were always going to prove a threat and almost found the back of the net on the half-hour mark.
A curling free-kick from 25 yards by Mogomotsi Ratshwene pulled the best out of Anton Lungwase, who got down well his right to keep the game scoreless.
The best chance of the half fell to Reaname Fazel on the cusp of half-time.
A tame effort was parried by Lungwase , Fazel was the quickest to react but his turn an shot could only manage to find the top of the crossbar.
Chances continued to be a rarity in the second with both teams reluctant to push bodies forward in search of the opener.
In the 59th minute Ringane Kagiso's powerful free-kick from range was deflected rather fortunately into the path of Madiehe Kagiso who could only manage to poke his effort wide of goal.
With 10 minutes to play and having already made their three substitutes, the North West were reduced to 10-men following an injury to captain Serache Lebogang.
Sensing an opportunity, the KZN head coach urged his players forward, but the hosts held on to secure a valuable point.
North West: 0
KwaZulu Natal: 0
Koketso; Tshepo, Fazel (Temoso 74'), Rankoko, Mogwera, M. Kagiso, Matshego, Lebogang, Ratshwene, Omphemetse (Geroge 55'), Phelane (R.Kagiso 51')
Lungwase; Nyawu (Morris 45'), Hlongwane, Sithebe, Mnguni (Ngubane 66'), Michaels, Abrahams, Mazubane, Xulu, Mkhize, Ndlovu