Bafana in goalless draw with New Zealand
Bafana Bafana have ended their two-match Australasian tour unbeaten.
JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana played to a goalless draw against New Zealand in Auckland this morning.
The result sees Bafana finish their two-game Australasia tour unbeaten, having also claimed a 1-1 draw against Australia on Monday.
It was a game of few chances for both sides as the opposing defences impressed over the 90 minutes.
The best chance to score for Bafana in the first half came from a free kick in the first ten minutes, however, Ayanda Patosi's tame effort was comfortably claimed by All Whites goalkeeper Glen Moss.
Bafana looked to be building up some momentum on the half-hour mark as Reneilwe Letsholonyane's ferocious shot hit the bar.
The first half finished off with chances for both Tokelo Rantie and Thulani Serero, but their efforts failed to hit the target as the teams went into the half-time break scoreless.
The second half began with long-range efforts going close from both sides, including a free kick from Hlompho Kekana that Moss parried away smartly.
Both sides continued to press but with time ticking on, neither side could find an opening to break the deadlock.
The end of the game saw several rough tackles flying in on Serero from the All Whites defenders, but the game eventually fizzled out as the game ended with no change to the score board.
Bafana's next fixtures will be their African Cup of Nations qualifying matches, while it remains to be seen if coach Gordon Igesund will be part of that qualifying campaign.
Igesund's job goes under the spotlight on Saturday, when the SAFA National Executive Committee meets to discuss various issues, including the coach's contract, which expires in July.