Black Leopards were held to a 0-0 Absa Premiership draw by AmaZulu at Thohoyandou Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The result leaves Leopards in ninth place on the log standings while a point is enough to move Usuthu up to 14th place and out of the relegation zone for the time being.
In a game of few chances, the first fell to Mario Booysen in the 14th minute. The towering defender lost his marker at a corner-kick, but could only succeed in guiding his resulting effort straight at Jonas Mendes in the Leopards goal.
Robet Ng’ambi had the ball in the back of the AmaZulu net in the 26th minute, but the assistant’s flag chalked off his strike, although replays suggested that the midfielder was well onside at the time of the decisive pass.
The game continued to ebb and flow, but with little penetration in the final third, with the same following after the break.
The deadlock was almost broken in the 78th minute with delightful run from Talent Chawapiwa setting up a chance for Bongi Ntuli, but Mendes was quick off his line to thwart the danger.
Lidoda Duvha then conjured a late chance of their own, but reigning golden boot holder Mwape Musonda was unable to beat Neil Boshoff as the two teams ultimately had to settle for a share of the spoils.
Black Leopards (0) 0
AmaZulu (0) 0
Black Leopards: Mendes; Matlaba, Zulu, Katjiukua, Gyimah, Mokoena, Ng’ambi (Bereng 88′), Phala (Mhlongo 66′), Ndlovu (Ngele 78′), Kapinga, Musonda.
AmaZulu: Boshoff; Darpoh, Booysen, Mabiliso, Xoki, Sithebe (Magaqa 75′), Maduna (Sikhakhane 89′), Ncube, Ncobeni (Chawapiwa 65′), Majoro, Ntuli.