Matsatsantsa oust Ajax in Telkom Knockout

2013-10-06 14:00

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History again repeated itself when Ajax Cape Town bombed out of the Telkom Knockout, going down to SuperSport United – the same side that sent them packing in last season’s first round of the same competition.

United booked themselves a place in the quarterfinals in style, coming back from a goal down to win 2-1, courtesy of Sibusiso Khumalo and David Mathebula, who made Lance David’s goal for Ajax a rather meaningless one.

Davids fired through a thunderous strike from outside the D line as early as the fourth minute, with the ball deflecting off Edwin Gyimah into the back of the net.

Ajax’s excitement was short-lived when a quick counterattack by Mathebula found Khumalo to bring the home side back into the game barely 10 minutes after the Urban Warriors had taken the lead.

It was Mathebula who again exposed Ajax’s defence with a grass cutter that deflected off Thulani Hlatshwayo, making its way into the net past out-of-sorts Finnish goalkeeper?Anssi Jaakkola.

Midway into the second-last stanza, Matsatsantsa a Pitori seemed satisfied with the 2-1 lead, substituting defender David Nkausu with the highly rated Thabo September but, from then, it was Ajax all the way in search of the equaliser.

A red card to Edwin Gyimah with about 10 minutes remaining made matters worse for United, but Ajax still could not level matters.

As always, yesterday’s soaring heat proved to be too much for the Cape side, who are bad travellers.

The triumph will boost United’s confidence in their quest to maintain their top-of-the-log status with an away Absa Premiership fixture against Maritzburg United on October 23.

Muhsin Ertugral’s Ajax charges, who are languishing at the bottom of the table, face a tough task when they host Free State Stars on the same day.

»?Other results: Free State Stars 2, AmaZulu 0; Bidvest Wits 2, Golden Arrows 3.

»?Meanwhile, Arrows coach Manqoba Mngqithi quit his position after guiding his side to a victory over Wits on Friday night. He follows Polokwane City’s Duncan Lechesa, who quit last month.

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