Football: Black Leopards stun Ajax cape town

2011-08-01 00:00

BOTSHABELO — Newly promoted Black Leopards fired warning shots ahead of the new Premier Soccer League (PSL) season when defeated last season’s league runners up Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in the first semi-final of the 2011 Old Mutual Mangaung Cup at Botshabelo Stadium yesterday.

The Urban Warriors have themselves to blame after dominating the first stanza of the game in which they could have scored a couple of goal.

Leopards goalkeeper Azwinndini Maphaha kept his team in the game making some brilliant saves which saw him denying Tafadzwa Rusike and Khama Billiat.

Thabo Mongalo scored the solitary goal of the match after his skipper Mongezi Bobe did well to work his way past Thulani Hlatshwayo before sending in a brilliant cross which the former SuperSport United man gladly tapped into the back of the net.

Khethokwakhe Masuku, who gave the Ajax defence a torrid time with his educated left foot, kept the fans on the edge of their seats and it came as no surprise when he nearly doubled the lead.

After having done everything right and beating Ajax goalkeeper Sean Roberts all systems out, Masuku had to watch in agony as his goalbound curler was cleared off the line by Clayton Daniels.

Masuku was back again just before halftime to haunt the Cape Town outfit and this time his well taken shot was kept out by the crossbar.

The second half was virtually a sequel of the first half with Ajax coming back a more rejuvenated side in search of an equaliser, but found Maphaha in no compromising mood.

Making up from the earlier flaw which gifted Leopards the goal, Hlatshwayo hit the crossbar from the resulting corner with a header.

Despite the continued raids in the dying minutes by Ajax, the Lidoda Duvha defence stood to book a place in the semi-finals.

Right-back Nazeer Allie was voted man-of-the-match after his sterling performance at the back for Ajax and was presented with a kit that he has to donate to a school of his choice.

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