Even on the night Kaizer Chiefs striker Samir Nurkovic was on target twice, the football gods just refused to make anything count for Amakhosi in their opening CAF Champions League group match on Tuesday night.
This time, Chiefs were held to a goalless draw by Horoya AC. It was clear that the Guineans were at FNB Stadium for a draw.
The stalemate summed up what has been the story for Amakhosi so far this season – the wins have been few and far between for new coach Gavin Hunt since he took charge in September.
Chiefs were hoping to snap a run of five games without a win on the domestic front, but this continental fixture just added to the frustrations for Hunt.
It was the third CAF match at home without a win and a goal for his side having only scrapped through by odd goals away from home in the preliminary rounds.
After a rather patchy opening half, Amakhosi returned with more purpose after the break when Nurkovic eventually scored but both his efforts in the space of four minutes were ruled offside.
Chiefs might argue otherwise but the striker was marginally offside when he headed in Reeve Frosler’s cross in the 48th minute.
Likewise, the match officials were also on point to flag Nurkovic in the 52nd minute.
Substitute Njabulo Blom also had a crack at goal five minutes from regulation time but his shot was smoothed by Horoya goalkeeper Moussa Camara.
Apart from these attempts, Chiefs were playing with a sense of urgency in the second half but they couldn’t break an opponent that was content to sit back and defend in large numbers.
Horoya, though, were still able to launch a counter-attack or two whenever they were comfortable to do so.
One such moment – in the opening half – almost caught Chiefs unaware when Dramane Nikièma directed his effort slightly off target, with goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune way off his line.
Khune showed a flash of his shot-stopping ability when he denied Horoya in stoppage time.
There was still some time left for drama in the end but Lebogang Manyama’s well-executed free kick was saved by Camara to confirm that it was not to be for the beleaguered Amakhosi.
The result from Nasrec means Horoya still head Group C.