Polokwane City moved closer to securing their Absa Premiership status for next season after playing out a goalless draw at home to Moroka Swallows at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Tuesday evening.
The stalemate, combined with second-from-bottom Free State Stars’ 1-1 draw with Orlando Pirates, means the Limpopo side enjoy a two-point buffer to the relegation/promotion playoff spot (and a better goal difference) with just the final round to be played this coming weekend.
The teams struggled to get going in an attacking sense and the first notable effort at goal only arrived midway through the first half, with Thapelo Tshilo heading wide from a corner kick for the home team.
Polokwane had plenty of dead-ball situations with which to threaten the Birds’ defence, but they were unable to provide the quality of delivery to give their attacking players scoring opportunities.
The first half ended with the teams locked at 0-0. Polokwane City made the first change 12 minutes into the second stanza, with Thabo Rakhale replacing Thobani Mncwango in an attempt to liven up their wing play.
On 65 minutes Swallows created their first chance of the match, with defender Luvhengo Mungomeni shooting wide of the target from a Lefa Tsutsulupa free kick.
That was to be the last notable opportunity of the match, which fizzled out to a goalless draw.
Polokwane will finish the season away to SuperSport United on Saturday, while Swallows are home to Free State Stars.
Polokwane City 0
Moroka Swallows 0
City: Marumo, Molekwane, Tshilo, Mngqibisa, Molala, Lichaba, Maluleka, Mncwango (Rakhale 57’), Jembula (Moyana 84’), Tlolane (Nzimande 88’), Kanyenda
Swallows: Etafia, Isaacs, Mungomeni, Hendricks, Mokgothu, Bereng (Mabalane 72’), Nergadze, Tsutsulupa, Chabangu (Wana 90+4’), Obada, Nomvethe