POTCHEFSTROOM – Jomo Cosmos and Bloemfontein Celtic played to a 0-0 draw in an Absa Premiership fixture at Olen Park on Wednesday afternoon.
On the balance of play, it was a fair result as neither team offered anything constructive in attack.
There were early opportunities for Cosmos, with Sibusiso Khumalo and Micium Mhone missing chances. Play then swung from end to end as both teams went in search of an opening goal.
Pentjie Zulu had an attempt for Cosmos, while Celtic made their presence felt with efforts from Dumisani Zuma and Lyle Lakay. But, with chances few and far between, it was no surprise that the first half ended goalless.
Seven minutes into the second half, the same scenario played itself out, with half-chances accruing on both sides. Musa Nyatama tried his luck for the Free State side, while Linda Mntambo missed one for Jomo Sono’s men.
Ten minutes into the second period, Celtic substituted Lakay and brought on Vuyani Ntanga.
Cosmos followed suit and brought on Mxolisi Macuphu in place of Thabang Monare.
The changes kept coming as both teams looked for some form of inspiration off the bench to break what was a scrappy stalemate. For Cosmos, Denver Mukamba came on to replace Conrad Madolo, while, for Celtic, Lerato Lamola replaced Zuma.
But there was to be no late heroics and the match petered out to a tame goalless draw. While the point will please second-from-bottom Cosmos, they are still firmly mired in the relegation quagmire.