Kaizer Chiefs three-match revival came to an end when they were held to a goalless draw by Stellenbosch FC at the Danie Craven Stadium.
Chiefs went into the game on the back of three consecutive wins that saw them move from the relegation spots into the top half of the table.
With Stellenbosch FC stacking their midfield and defence, Chiefs were unable to execute the blazing counter attacks that caught the likes of Cape Town City and AmaZulu napping.
The result meant Chiefs remained in seventh place with 13 points after 13 matches with four wins, five draws and four losses.
With Orlando Pirates beating Maritzburg United 1-0 and moving into fourth position, the portents are shaping up nicely for the 30 January, Soweto Derby.
However, Chiefs have to navigate a tricky home fixture against bogey team Baroka FC while Pirates have a home time against the struggling TS Galaxy.
That said, Chiefs were marginally the better team in the first half with better cohesion in play, but no goals to show for their efforts.
While Samir Nurkovic had a tame 16th minute chance that was saved by Lee Langeveldt, Philani Zulu (25th minute) Nkosingiphile Ngcobo (34th minute) and Nurkovic (44th minute) all had varying chances that didn't quite threaten Langeveldt's goal.
Happy Mashiane came the closest to scoring in the 48th minute, but his chance was well saved by Langeveldt.
Stellenbosch FC's Lelethu Skelem also had a chance in the 51st minute, but that chance was blocked by Erick Mathoho.
After that early flying start to the second half, the game died down and except for late opportunities from Nurkovic and Siyabonga Ngezana in the 82nd and 84th minute that should have been converted, the game predictably petered out into the draw.