Marbella's slow start to the season continued on Sunday as they returned from Badajoz with just a point after a game in which they enjoyed several clear chances.
The first came courtesy of Mustafá who headed José Ramón's cross narrowly over the crossbar after a period of sustained pressure from the hosts in the opening half hour.
However, the tide threatened to turn in the 37th minute when, first, former Marbella man Francis Ferrón's freekick was saved by Wilfred, then, just a minute later, Ezequiel Lamarca was fouled to win a penalty.
Ferrón, however, stepped up and sent his 'Panenka' effort over the crossbar.
Badajoz continued in this vein in the second half but failed to manufacture clear opportunities.
Marbella, however, spearheaded by the lively Mustafá, homed in on the home side's goal on a number of occasions, but lacked the finishing touch, with several efforts missing the target or being thwarted by last-ditch tackles by the home defenders.
The Costa side currently sit eighth in the table, but despite just three wins from seven, are just three points off the play-off places.