Updated: 05/31/2014 02:40 | By Agence France-Presse

Draw for New Zealand and South Africa

New Zealand and South Africa played out a scoreless draw on Friday, with the visitors dominating possession but failing to capitalise.


Draw for New Zealand and South Africa

South Africa's midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane controls the ball during a football match on June 11, 2010 at Soccer City stadium in Soweto - by Omar Torres

South Africa, ranked 66 in the world to New Zealand's 111, created the bulk of chances but could not finish off the dogged All Whites.

Both teams are rebuilding after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil and fielded teams weakened by high-profile withdrawals from the fixture, which falls outside FIFA's international window.

The stakes were high for both coaches, with South Africa's Gordon Igesund's contract up in July and New Zealand's Neil Emblen looking to take over permanently after taking on the role temporarily late last year.

Neither would have been happy with a match in which neither team managed to shine.

New Zealand looked bright early but the best chances fell to South Africa when Ayanda Patosi had a free kick saved then sent a shot into the side netting minutes later.

Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane was unlucky when his thundering long-range shot rattled the crossbar, with New Zealand's Marco Rojas shooting just wide before half time.

South Africa emerged from the break full of attacking intent as Thuso Phala shot wide and Tokelo Rantie beat the defence but failed to score.

"Bafana Bafana" (The Boys), who played an insipid 0-0 draw again Australia on Monday, continued to look the better team but New Zealand's defence held firm.

Latest Photo Galleries on xinmsn

NEWS VIDEOS

MORE NEWS VIDEOS

facebook recommendations

LIVE NEWS RADIO STREAMING

  • 938 Live

    938LIVE is Singapore's only English news and talk station which transmits round the clock with an engaging and enticing spread of programmes on current affairs, health, business and lifestyle as well as news every half hour until midnight.

  • Capital 958


    95.8FM城市频道的前身是"第三广播网"。上个世纪30年代末,新加坡就有中文广播,一路走来经过不少政治,社会局势的改变,中文广播在本地一直扮演举足轻重的角色。