The Brazilians had wrapped up the league title on Wednesday with a 3-1 win over SuperSport United which gave them an unassailable lead at the summit
Swallows FC and 11-time PSL title-winning Mamelodi Sundowns played to a 0-0 draw at the Dobsonville Stadium on Saturday evening.
The draw, Swallows’ 19 from 28 league matches this term, was a fair reflection of a game in which overall neither side was able to conjure up much in front of the opposition goal.
While Masandawana went into the game hoping to celebrate their winning of the league earlier this week, they were to be frustrated by a hard-working Swallows side, who kept their shape well, pressed quickly and generally made it hard for the visitors to play.
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The Brazilians were to enjoy plenty of ball possession in the opening stanza, but battled to turn that into chances on goal and Swallows keeper Sanele Tshabalala had very little to do.
At the other end, the Birds also failed to spark and their only moment of promise in a cagey first half came after 12 minutes when Kgaogelo Sekgota whipped in a dangerous cross, but Mothobi Mvala cut out the danger with a great defensive header.
The second half at least proved to be more entertaining as the Pretoria side enjoyed more openings in front of goal.
The first came in the 53rd minute when Aubrey Modiba turned on the edge of the box and sent a powerful shot goalwards, where he was denied by a fine fingertip save from Tshabalala.
Just after the hour mark, Swallows were arguably lucky not to have had Thabo Matlaba sent off – the former Orlando Pirates defender escaped with a yellow card after a nasty over-the-top stomp on Sibusiso Vilakazi’s ankle region.
There were more chances for Downs in the 65th and 71st minutes as Modiba flashed a shot wide and Rushine de Reuck went close with a looping header.
Soon after that Shalulile went clean in on the Birds goal, but was unable to make it count as he scuffed his shot, wary of Junait Sait’s recovery challenge.
In what was Swallows’ first clear chance on goal, they were unfortunate not to take the lead when Kagiso Malinga charged in to get on the end of Sifiso Hlanti cross, only to see his header glancing off the upright.
The Birds had a couple of half chances late on as they found another gear, although they also endured a couple of anxious moments in their own box before the full time whistle sounded.