Petro Atletico picked up their first point in Group C of the Total CAF Champions League after scraping to a 0-0 draw with Kaizer Chiefs in Luanda on Tuesday.
The point keeps their faint quarter final hopes alive as they are four points behind Chiefs and second placed Horoya with two matches to go. However, another drop in points in their next fixture, a home tie against Horoya will see their hopes dashed. Chiefs meanwhile moved to five points but are third behind the Guinean side on goal difference.
They face Wydad Club Athletic next before a blockbuster tie, a possible Group C final against Horoya in their last match.
Chiefs were always in search of victory against Petro, buoyed by their performance in the last game where they beat the Angolans 2-0 in Johannesburg.
Petro keeper Dominique Antonio made a good reflex save in the 11th minute to keep out the ball after a defensive header from Pedro Francisco off a Ramahlwe Mphahlele freekick bounced on his teammate and almost found its way into the net.
The home side didn’t have many chances in front of goal but came very close to minutes to the break but Tiago Leal headed against the side netting at the backpost off a well delivered Job Estevao cross from the left.
They had another chance six minutes after the break but Daniel Satonho’s effort with a volley from the edge of the box went wide.
Chiefs also had their chances with Lebogang Manyama twice going very close. In the 62nd minute, he curled a freekick beyond the wall but it went inches wide. With 20 minutes remaining the midfielder rounded the keeper but his chip at goal was headed behind for a corner by Joao Capemba.
Late in the game, Erick Mathoho who scored against the Angolans in the first leg tried his luck at another goal with an acrobatic shot off a corner, but the effort went wide.
Mateus Agostinho “Bodunha” – Petro Luanda coach
Obviously not the result we wanted but I’m happy with the boys’ display as there were the elements we currently working on and this is definitely the way for future success.
Gavin Hunt – Kaizer Chiefs coach
We knew Petro would be a difficult team to break at home and hence why we opted to counter. Both teams had fair share of chances which neither converted. Therefore, I think a draw was a fair result.