This was the fourth match in a row in all competitions in which Masandawana have dropped points, while also failing to score in three of those matches
Mamelodi Sundowns’ league title hopes took a knock when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Golden Arrows at the Loftus Stadium on Wednesday evening.
The result means Sundowns are just one point clear of AmaZulu, who won 5-1 away at Cape Town City.
While the first half was largely a niggly affair with a lot of fouls and few clear-cut chances, it was Arrows who looked the more fluent and dangerous team going forward.
Sundowns though had the first opening of the afternoon, when Kermit Erasmus got to the byline and put in a dangerous cross, but Siphelele Mkulise arrived fractions too late to convert.
In the 12th minute there was a scare for Downs defender Mosa Lebusa, who nearly chested a cross from Divine Lunga into his own net, Lebusa having been credited with an own goal last weekend in the 2-1 defeat to Kaizer Chiefs.
On the half hour mark it was the turn of another home defender, Rivaldo Coetzee, as Pule Mmodi’s cross deflected off his head and just wide of Denis Onyango’s goal.
Sundowns’ only real first half effort on goal came in the 42nd minute when Thapelo Morena’s cross located Lebohang Maboe, who from 14-yards out volleyed narrowly over the crossbar.
Just before the interval there was another chance for Arrows, but Knox Mutizwa lacked conviction and Onyango was able to save the low shot comfortably.
Following the restart, Onyango did well to come out and dive at the feet of a goal-bound Mmodi, while at the opposite end, Arrows keeper Sifiso Mlungwana kept out Themba Zwane’s shot from range.
But following those couple of chances, there was little in the way of goal-mouth action – while both sides had their moments in trying to push forward and the game remained on a knife-edge, neither team could make things happen in and around the opposition box.
Credit though should also go to both sets of defenders, who were really on top of their games, while goalkeepers Mlungwana and Onyango also did well when called upon to deal with aerial balls.