A wayward Kaizer Chiefs outfit settled for one point after playing to a goalless draw against Bloemfontein Celtic in Port Elizabeth on Saturday night.
The fully packed Nelson Mandela Bay stadium witnessed the Soweto giants continue their unbeaten run to seven matches in the Premiership campaign and maintained their top spot on the log with 17 points.
Chiefs were relentless on attack, but they struggled to find the target as their numerous opportunities fell by the wayside.
George Lebese, Bernard Parker and Lehlohonolo Majoro all had chances in the first 11 minutes of the match, but they fired their efforts either wide or over the crossbar.
Celtic, who were outplayed for most of the game but held on doggedly, nearly took the lead in the 15th minute when Lerato Manzini’s shot was saved by Chiefs goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.
Amakhosi surged forward again, but Willard Katsande blasted a shot over the bar from the edge of the area after half an hour and Parker, looking for his seventh goal of the league campaign, drilled a free kick a metre wide to the left shortly before the break.
The Bloemfontein side had their only other real chance of the first half with nine minutes left in the opening period when Joel Mogorosi thundered in an attempt that sailed too high.
Clearly frustrated, Amakhosi showed even more intent in the second half, but they again fluffed multiple opportunities.
Tshabalala had an attempt shortly after the hour mark, but his tame strike was easily saved by Celtic keeper Patrick Tignyemb, who was on form throughout the match.
With 20 minutes left, Chiefs had perhaps their best chance of the game when Parker cleverly deflected a pass from George Lebese, but the striker hit the upright.
Seconds later Majoro was shut out by Tignyemb, and within the next five minutes, Tshabalala missed the target twice more.
Celtic nearly made use of the flailing Amakhosi strikeforce when Mduduzi Nyanda drew a superb save from Khune with nine minutes remaining.
And a late shot from Reneilwe Letsholonyane, as Chiefs continued their search for the winner, was kept out by Tignyemb, who produced a diving save to earn his side a valuable point.