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Maritzburg, Celtic play to draw


Maritzburg United notched up another valuable log point when they drew 0-0 with Bloemfontein Celtic in a Castle Premiership match played at Harry Gwala stadium on Wednesday evening.

It was a game of two halves - with the first half belonging to Celtic and the second belonging to the home side.

'Phunya Sele Sele' almost took the lead in the first minute of the match when James Madidilane sent a powerful shot towards Maritzburg's goals, but his shot went wide.

Lebajoa Mphongoa also tried his luck with a long-range shot in the ninth minute, but his shot went narrowly past the upright.

Celtic captain John Maduka then brought the best out of United goalkeeper Aime Kitenge when he took a 20-metre drive towards goals in the 20th minute, but his shot was parried away for a corner kick by Kitenge.

The score remained 0-0 at half-time.

Maritzburg looked far the better side in the second half and should have taken the lead in the third minute of the second stanza when Collen Zimba put Sandile Ndlovu through on goals - only for the former Mamelodi Sundowns striker to shoot wide.

'The Team of Choice' thought they had found the opening goal in the 60th minute when Ndlovu scored from a David Makgale cross, but the goal was ruled off-side.

Maritzburg's woes were further compounded six minutes later when Luntu Mazana then missed a sitter six minutes later when he found himself unmarked just inside the Celtic penalty box, but he took a tame shot that was easily handled by Shoaib Walter, much to the dismay of the Maritzburg bench as the game eventually ended in a goalless draw.

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Sunday, January 28
Castle Premiership

Swallows v Premier United 
Kick-off: 3.45pm
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 20
Castle Premiership
Draw 0-0 v Pirates
Venue: Ellis Park

January 14
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v Silver Stars
Venue: Germiston Stadium

January 10
Castle Premiership
Lost 0-1 v Supersport
Venue:
 Loftus Stadium

Sunday, January 7
Castle Premiership
Draw 2-2 v Leopards
Venue:
Germiston Stadium

Wednesday, December 20
Castle Premiership
Won 1-0 v AmaZulu
Venue: Princess Magogo

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