Cape Town City and Swallows have played out a goalless draw in their MTN8 semifinal first leg at Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Both sides struggled to make use of their clear-cut chances in the opening stage of the first half.
The game began to gain more momentum as the half progressed, with Maswaiswai controlling possession – searching for an opener.
The visitors continued to look the more dangerous side, but let their efforts go to waste.
However, the hosts instead grew in confidence at the same rate at which ‘The Dube Birds’ energy waned, in the cold conditions, and to the extent that had their struggles in the final third continued.
‘The Citizens’ went on to mount pressure on Swallows when Khanyisa Mayo’s delivery found Abbukaker Mobara on the edge of the box, with his shot hitting the crossbar.
Brandon Truter’s boys were not discouraged, however, and they threatened again with five minutes of the half to play.
With all Swallows’ dominance, City tried to go into the half-time break with a lead as they created a scare in the dying minutes of the first half, but luck was not on their side.
The showdown went to the interval deadlocked.
After that initial cagey start of the first 45, both teams began to settle into a slower rhythm, but it was City who looked more alive in the second stanza.
Eric Tinkler’s troops held plenty of the ball possession, whilst the opponents were looking to execute counter attacking football.
City had Swallows pinned back towards the end of the match – clearing the ball, and kept coming back more dangerous.
The final whistle blown with no goals scored and it remains anyone’s game when the two teams meet again in the second leg of the MTN8 semifinal on the 29th of September 2021.
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By Mauwane Raophala