Cape Town City’s struggles in the Absa Premiership continued after they played to a goalless draw with Maritzburg United to stretch their winless run to seven matches in the league.
Coming into the encounter, the Citizens last tasted victory on the opening day of the season against SuperSport United, while the Team of Choice dropped points in the KwaZulu-Natal derby earlier in the week.
Gift Links had an opportunity to grab the lead for the Citizens in the 12th minute with a free-kick from the edge of the box, but his curling effort could not bend into the top corner.
Benni McCarthy’s charges were dictating terms for most of the early stages of the first half, but they were let down by their decision-making.
The Team of Choice, however, had a chance to break the deadlock midway through the half through Yannick Zakri’s hard low strike inside the box that was desperately parried away by City shot-stopper Peter Leeuwenburgh.
City were looking more dangerous going forward in the closing stages of the half and nearly went ahead before the break, but Maritzburg shot-stopper Richard Ofori did well to deny Thabo Nodada.
After a quiet start to the stanza, Siyanda Xulu came close to breaking the deadlock for the Team of Choice in the 63rd minute with a header from close range, but his effort sailed slightly wide of the upright.
The battle of the midfield was getting fierce 20 minutes before time as both sides were going at each other at full pace.
Benni McCarthy opted for a couple of changes as Surprise Ralani and Craig Martin were introduced to inject some fresh legs into the game.
Ralani threatened to snatch a winner in the final 10 minutes, but the City winger could only fire into the side-netting as time was running out.
In the end, neither side could find a winning goal, forcing them to settle for a share of the spoils.