Platinum Stars holds ‘Downs on goalless draw

Platinum Stars held Mamelodi Sundowns to a goalless draw when the two teams met in their first Absa Premiership encounter at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Saturday night.

It was Mamelodi Sundowns that took the game to Platinum Stars, putting them on the back foot.

Going to the half hour mark Platinum Stars started getting into the game and it was Masibusane Zongo who displayed entertaining football for his side.

In the 39th minute Bongi Ntuli almost found a lead for Stars but his ground shot missed the target just inches away.

In the dying minutes of the first half, Sundowns came back hard on Stars as they were attacking in numbers.

In the second half it was Stars that started on a high note, dominating the match as they kept Sundowns on their toes.

In the 57th minute ‘Downs caught a wake up and started attacking again, but Platinum Stars goalkeeper Mbongeni Mzimela was well alert.

Khama Billiat also tried his luck, pulling a shot to Mzimela’s first pole but the KZN keeper took a dive and made a stop.

Abduol Razak, who had not found his break yet in this match, attempted with a header but it went over the crossbar.

In the additional minutes Sundowns came close to stealing the full points, but Mzimela made a brilliant save to ensure that both teams claimed a point each.

Platinum Stars: Mbongeni Mzimela, S'boniso Gumede, Siyabonga Zulu, Isaac Nhlapo, Vuyo Mere, Letladi Madubanya, Masibusane Zongo (Mduduzi Nyanda 79’), Sibusiso Msomi, Mahlatsi Makudubela (Tlou Segolela 63’), Ndumiso Mabena, Bongi Ntuli (Eleazar Rodgers 63’)

Mamelodi Sundowns: Kennedy Mweene, Thabo Nthethe, Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Themba Zwane (Cuthbert Malajila 77’), Mzikayise Mashaba, Bongani Zungu, Fiston Razak Abdul (Anthony Laffor 83’), Teko Modise, Hlompho Kekana (Mogakolodi Ngele 64’), Khama Billiat, Asavela Mbekile