South Africa, ranked 66 in the world to New Zealand's 111, created the bulk of chances but could not finish off the dogged All Whites. Both teams are rebuilding after failing to qualify for the FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil and fielded teams weakened by high-profile withdrawals from the fixture, which falls outside FIFA's international window.
The stakes were high for both coaches, with South Africa's Gordon Igesund's contract up in July and New Zealand's Neil Emblen looking to take over permanently after taking on the role temporarily late last year. Neither would have been happy with a match in which neither team managed to shine.
Midfielder Reneilwe Letsholonyane was unlucky when his thundering long-range shot rattled the crossbar, with New Zealand's Marco Rojas shooting just wide before half time. South Africa emerged from the break full of attacking intent as Thuso Phala shot wide and Tokelo Rantie beat the defence but failed to score.
Bafana Bafana, who played an insipid 0-0 draw again Australia on Monday, continued to look the better team but New Zealand's defence held firm.