Ajax get lucky let-off against AmaZulu

2011-04-30 00:00

CAPE TOWN — Ajax Cape Town kept their title hopes alive with a 2-1 win over AmaZulu at the Athlone Stadium last night.

The result takes Foppe de Haan’s side top of the log, though Orlando Pirates can reclaim their position if they beat SuperSport United tonight,

Despite enjoying most of the ball possession, Ajax had to come from a goal down to ensure parity at the break.

AmaZulu took advantage of a somewhat lethargic Ajax defence early on, scoring after Tangeni Shipahu had burst down the right and squared the ball for Goodman Dlamini, whose shot was fumbled by Vonk, allowing Ayanda Dlamini to pounce.

To an extent the goal spurred Ajax into action, but they found it hard to penetrate the Usuthu defence, who protected their keeper well.

But the Urban Warriors got the breakthrough they were looking for on 30 minutes, Khama Billiat bursting into the box to header home Thulani Serero’s cross.

The remainder of the half saw the teams evenly matched, with no notable chances on goal; 1-1 at half time. Ajax made a double change at half-time – but it was AmaZulu who came out firing and Vonk had to make a good save to deny Bongani Mbhele in the 48th minute.

When AmaZulu failed to deal adequately with a 53rd- minute corner kick, central defender Clayton Daniels showed the touch of a striker with a measured volley from a corner kick.

Following the goal, the game remained evenly balanced, with Ajax probing, without reward, and AmaZulu looking dangerous at times with quick attacks.

Indeed, there was a lucky let-off for the home side when Bukasa Kasonga crashed a long-range rocket into the bar as the KZN side ended the game camped out near the Ajax box.

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