KwaDukuza United beat Ajax CT in Nedbank Cup

2017-03-22 06:02
Underdogs KwaDukuza United beat Ajax Cape Town on penalties on Saturday to advance to the next stage of the Nedbank Cup. Photo: supplied

Underdogs KwaDukuza United beat Ajax Cape Town on penalties on Saturday to advance to the next stage of the Nedbank Cup. Photo: supplied

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KWADUKUZA United caused an upset in their Nedbank Cup encounter against Ajax Cape Town at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium on Saturday when the local underdogs beat the Absa Premiership side 4-3 on penalties to advance to the next stage of the cup tournament. 

In the early stages of the first half, Ajax was the first team to register its name on the scoreboard, but minutes later United equalised with a goal from Lungelo Zondi. 

The two sides went into the half-time break with a goal each. 

In the second half, the Cape Towian team once again took the lead, but at around 65 minutes of the final half, United once again levelled the scoreline with a goal scored by Brown Khumalo.

Ajax and United went into extra time 2 - 2 until the game went to penalties to decide the winner of the day. 

Ajax missed two penalties while United missed one ending the game at 4-3 to United who advanced to the round of 16 in the Nedbank Cup. 

United's captain Khayalethu Mjoli (24) said the game was very challenging and competitive. 

"But we managed to rise up to the challenge. The large crowd that came out in our support also motivated us a lot," he said. 

Mjoli said United's players are very pleased with Saturday's result. 

"Currently we are focusing on our [ABC Motsepe] league games and we want to improve our position there," he said. 

The captain said on Wednesday United will take on KwaMashu All Stars in the ABC Motsepe League at Stanger High School at 3 pm. 

"As a team, we would like to thank the mayor of KwaDukuza and the community at large for the amazing support that they showed us ahead of the game and during the game.
“We urge them to continue showing their support because judging by Saturday's game it is obvious that their support has a positive impact on the team," Mjoli said. 

He also urged the community of KwaDukuza to support the side even in their league games, not only in their Nedbank Cup conquest. 

 

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