Citizens scalp Chiefs; Ajax lose

2017-04-27 06:01
Cape Town City players in a celebratory mood after scalping Chiefs.

Cape Town City players in a celebratory mood after scalping Chiefs.

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Cape Town City head coach Eric Tinkler praised his side’s ability to secure a crucial 3-2 win over Kaizer Chiefs, in what could be a title defining fixture.

The Citizens, as the club is popularly know, have been performing well beyond expectations this season, leading the Absa Premiership by two points, ahead of Champions Mamelodi Sundowns and their win over Amakhosi reaffirmed their status as title favorites; in their first season in the South African top-flight.

Judas Moseamedi’s 93rd minute winner provided the home support at Cape Town Stadium a state of euphoria in a thrilling mid-week encounter, after Aubrey Ngoma and Lebogang Manyama’s goals were canceled out by Siphiwe Tshabalala and Joseph Malongoane.

“It was great for the fans, but not great for my heart. I thought first half we were very good,” Tinkler told reporters.

“Just a lapse of concentration after having scored, we allowed them back into the game.

“(Chiefs) really played well in the second half, they created a lot of chance and possibly deserved to go up 3-2 themselves but the boys showed good character.

“I thought the goal they scored, Shu-Aib (Walters) didn’t have to come off his line, if he stayed one his line he could have dealt with it. But we’ll take the three points and run.”

Tinkler and his side travel to the Harry Gwala Stadium on the May 1, for their next league outing against the unpredictable Maritzburg United.

Kick off is at 15:00.

Meawnhile

.Mamelodi Sundowns earned a valuable three points against Ajax Cape Town, on Tuesday night.

Two second half goals by Percy Tau and Themba Zwane, were the difference at the Loftus Versfeld Stadium, and the victory catapulted the Tshwane giants into second place on the Premier Soccer League (PSL) table.

It was a tightly contested affair on the night, as Ajax put on an impressive display. Following Sundowns’ victory, Masandawana coach Pitso Mosimane lauded his side’s experience, on the night.

“A very difficult game. A very important win for us,” Mosimane said post-match.

“We struggled a little bit, they did not respect us.

They pushed us in the first-half but we had experience to play this game, especially when you (saw) how we scored the goals. They pushed a high line and we managed to get behind them.

“But I think (Hlompho) Kekana and Lucky (Mohomi) showed some leadership and experience. This game, we won it by experience,” Mosimane added.

During the first half, the crowd began to get on the back of Tau for a disappointing showing, but Mosimane’s persistence with the youngster eventually paid off.

“You don’t give up on important players, and (Tau) is young,” he said.

“Everybody was a little bit on his back but he just needed that hand over his shoulder just to make him feel that he’s supported.

I told him that he must just relax, his goal will come, and the goal came for him,” Mosimane added.

Speaking of Sundowns current log standings, Mosimane was optimistic of his team’s title defence.

“It’s encouraging, what can I say it’s football,” Mosimane said.

“We had our slump, with five games where we drew three and we lost two. We got two out of fifteen points. It was very big for us, it was the biggest dent for us.

But you keep going, you keep playing and you play the way you always play.

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