Amakhosi and Jomo Cosmos seemed to have ran out of ideas in their ABSA Premiership stalemate on Tuesday night.
Ezenkosi came into the game after three straight losses and hadn’t won this season yet, so they should settle for a draw against the PSL champions.
Chiefs are unbeaten in the league but have lost too many points with draws against lesser teams.
Steve Komphela has drawn five of their seven matches, not the type of form expected from a South African giant.
Cosmos just two clear-cut chances in the first half – a close-range header which was directed wide by central defender Pilot Mthembu, while Charlton Mashumba wasted the best chance of the first period when his shot hit the side netting after he had rounded off Chiefs goalkeeper Riyaad Pieterse on the half-hour mark.
Mashumba hardly saw the ball and was hardly given any space by Amakhosi’s central defensive pair of Mulomowandau Mathoho and Ivan Bukenya, who is now establishing himself as a regular starter in the Chiefs rearguard.
Mashumba, Cosmos’s top scorer in the National First Division last season, had three more chances in a much better second half, two of which were brilliantly saved by Pieterse and another which went wide over the bar from close range.
Cosmos were struggling to get the goals upfront, but at the back they had men eager to stop the Amakhosi attack.
Their goalkeeper, Sherwyn Naicker, pulled off the save of the game when he came off his line to get a touch on Edward Manqele’s shot four minutes into the second period.
Manqele had a goal ruled out for offside towards the end of the first half and was hoping to give his side the lead they so desperately wanted.
George Lebese, Siphelele Mthembu and George Maluleka were introduced by Komphela in an attempt to snatch three points, but Cosmos somehow held on for a point even after Chiefs struck the upright twice in stoppage time. Jomo Sono would have been pleased with the performance of defender Thato Lingwati, a player he lashed out at after his errors in a 2-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Lingwati played at right-back, not in central defence this time, and he was solid.