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Ajax, Sundowns share spoils

Posted: 12 December 2007 Time: 19:39

A late equaliser from Terror Fanteni helped Ajax Cape Town to a 1-1 draw with Mamelodi Sundowns in an Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium in Cape Town.

1 min: And we're underway with Ajax kicking-off ...

2 mins: Surprise Moriri has the first shot of the night, but it goes high and wide from 30-yards.

3 mins: Sameehg Doutie forces a fine save from Calvin Marlin after he reacts quickest to the lose ball in the penalty area. Lively start from both teams.

7 mins Terror Fanteni, looking for one goal to become the club's all-time joint-top scorer with Brent Carelse on 32, tries an effort from 20-yards that fails to make Marlin work.

9 mins: Should have been 1-0. Russel Mwafurlirwa is put through one-on-one with keeper Marlin, but his first-time shot is brilliantly palmed around the post. He should have backed himself to take the ball round the keeper. Ajax have made by far the better start.

14 mins: Sundowns have come more into it in the last five minutes, but have yet to carve out a real chance.

19 mins: Eduardo Ferreira sends his free-kick for Ajax over Marlin's bar.

21 mins: Marlin is forced into more smart work as the impressive Mwafurlirwa breaks free on the right and tried to pick out a cross for Fanteni. Marlin gathers at the second attempt.

25 mins: Ajax are bossing the midfield and Enoh has a shot charged down as the hosts press for the opener.

31 mins: GOAL! Against the run of play, Peter Ndlovu beats the offside trap and easily rounds keeper Vonk to give the visitors the lead with their first real effort on goal.

34 mins: Ajax look a little shell-shocked to be behind after all their possession and shots on goal, but I guess that's why Sundowns are champions.

39 mins: Esrom Nyandoro gets a YELLOW CARD for a late challenge on Mfundo Shumana. He can have no complaints.

42 mins: Josta Dladla gets behind his marker to head Moriri's cross from ddep, but his effort goes wide.

44 mins: Marlin makes an excellent stop from Fanteni, who spins away from his marker but can't beat the keeper.

HALFTIME: Ajax will wonder how they have gone into halftime behind after dominating the possession and goal chances. But for the keeping of Marlin they would have had some reward but as it stands they are headed for two defeats in a row.

46 mins: We're underway with the second half ... no changes at the break from either coach.

49 mins: Some sloppy play from Ajax at the back gives Sundowns a corner, but it leads to nothing.

51 mins: Ndlovu gets free of his marker, but his shot from 25-yards is always going wide. Seconds later he tries a volley from about the penalty-spot which is brilliantly tipped over by Vonk.

52 mins: Ferreira heads over from the corner when he might have at least hit the target.

54 mins: Enoh, who has been oustanding today, gets a YELLOW CARD as he clatters into Moriri.

56 mins: Grandwald Scott comes on for Jonathan Fransman as Ajax make their first change.

57 mins: Dikilu Bageta gets a YELLOW CARD for an ugly challenge on Ndlovu.

60 mins: Nazeer Allie comes on for Doutie. Presumably Bryce Moon will switch to rightwing from the fullback position.

65 mins: The game has become a bit disjointed with Ajax showing plenty of urgency, but no end product.

71 mins: Sundowns bring on Jorge Acuna for Moriri, while Ajax replace Mwafurlirwa with Nathan Paulse.

73 mins: Moon's corner-kick comes back off the woodwork and is cleared behind. Second time round Ferreira gets his head to the ball but Marlin saves.

78 mins: Fanteni goes down in the area and the crowd bay for a penalty, but referee Lwandile Mfiki is having none of it and says play on. Interestingly he fails to produce a card for simulation, so presumably he thought it was an accidental clash.

80 mins: Goalscorer Ndlovu is replaced by Shakes Ngwenya for the last 10 minutes.

85 mins: Paulse hits the upright as his looping header beats Marlin and Vuto Mere clears off the line from the resulting corner. That's twice the Urban Warriors have hit the woodwork.

88 mins: GOAL! Fanteni gets his record-equalling goal after a terrible slip by Oscar Ntwagae puts him clear on Marlin, who cannot keep him at bay. It may have been a terrible defensive error, but Ajax deserve that equaliser for their second-half display.

90 mins: Paulse almost wins it for the home side but his header is well saved by Marlin.

92 mins: Vonk turns the ball over from Benson Mhlongo's header.

95 mins: And that's it. Sundowns should view this as a point gained, rather than two lost after weathering the Ajax storm in the second half. They have at least halted their run of four defeats against the Urban Warriors, but it hasn't helped their title bid much.

By Nick Said in Cape Town

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:58 pm
Wow!. Tha Cape Tonians are really something. Whats it with the boys down there? They seem to be so fast and really can harass your life. As for Gordon, i guess this is the end of the fairytale. Your service is sure no longer needed. By morning tomorrow you will be dead and buried in football language.
Anonymous
posted: 10:16 pm
I have nothing against Oscar Ntwagae, as a matter of fact, he is my favourite player at Sundowns, but look bro, stomping on somebody's foot is a mistake, but giving away the ball like that, THAT IS DELIBERATE MFANA. You had all the time in the world to clear that ball, only one person knows what you were trying to do and that's YOURSELF, hope you learnt your lesson. Its up to you if you want to take what happened as a defeat or as a challenge.
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 pm
A DRAW.. SIES MAAN.. & that Clueless Coach Gordon is going to say "WE GAINED A VALUEBLE AWAY GOAL & WE PLAYED A GOOD FOOTBALL"..SIES MAAN.. i am sick & Tired of that Clueless Coach Gordon.

We need fresh & new players.. our players most of them r old & very SLOW...

Mr Motsepe please get rid of DEAD WOOD @ Downs..No Man.... this is unacceptable no way..SIES MAAN.

WAY FORWARD: GET RID OF GORDON NOW & GET NEW & FRESH PLAYERS
Anonymous
posted: 01:12 am
South African fans must learn that football is a sport where you can never win all the games or even win always.Patience as and when the results are not coming is key.We can not always point a finger at the coach alone,the players need to be more focused and consistent in their game.In South African football a team hardley wins atleast ten games in a row.Once a team loses three games then "the coach must go",what are we saying about our own players who are not showing both consistency and commitment?Motsepe do not be fooled,let Gordon stay.
Anonymous
posted: 08:32 am
I agree with Simon, stupid mistakes like the one of Ntwagae last night shouldn't be blamed on the coach. We cannot judge Gordon by that. According to me we played well, held Ajax down at their home. Beleive you me, Sundowns' back!
Anonymous
posted: 08:39 am
He masandawana kwenze njani?
Gordon does not look like the coach that wanted to win yesterdays game ,playing one striker ,knowing clearly that we have not been winning game recently.
PRESIDENT PLEASE LET GET SOMEONE ELSE WITH NEW IDEAS AND NEXT TIME WE GO TO THE MARKET ,LOOK AT YOUNG LEGS BECAUSE OUR COMPETITORS ARE USING SAME STRATEGY NOT THAT WE ARE COPYING THAT HOW IT SHOULD BE DONE LOOKING FORWARD.
Anonymous
posted: 08:48 am
I Disagree with u SIMON 100%.. i mean Gordon should have bought fresh & new players beginning of the season.. & he did'nt.. know himself knows why?

U cannot play two seasons in a row with the same players.. no ways plus Downs was playing in teh Champ Leg so those players r worned out.

Hence we r playing so TERRIBLE & Since we play the same OLD PLAYERS.. Teams in the PSL knows how to close us down.

Please do not say we must be Patient.. Patience does NOT win the Leg my brother..ONLY POINTS.. & we r not getting those...

Downs need new players & fresh & new Ideas... look @ what Chiefs & Pirates have done.. they have new & fresh Players & new Ideas...they r doing pretty well.
& what does Downs have?.. OLD PLAYERS & OLD IDEAS...SIES MAAAN..

ENOUGH IS ENOUGH....
Anonymous
posted: 09:42 am
How does one justify blaming Igesund for Ntwagae 's mistake? Players should realize that they also contribute in coaches' sacking .Ntwagae is one of my fav players but he should own up to his error .I appeal to the fans to be patient .Igesund said they will bolster the squad next month with new signings
Anonymous
posted: 10:04 am
Yes you don’t have to blame Oscar why the other player never stopped the ball before that long pass, I blame Gordon because he is like Downs players you started to believe you are Champions and no team can stop you:1.went to Africa and lost with big margins 2.he played the same team he believed is the best 3.you can not open the field and play long passes without a pace 3.downs strikes have qualities of Middlefield 4.he plays Chelsea strategy using Mhlong like they do with John Terry and other coaches are not stupid. Playing long passes to Dlhadhla and Mhlongo runs in the middle.
Haaaaaaaaa Bafana ba stayela just have faith this is what soccer will do to you. You can’t win them all
Anonymous
posted: 11:40 am
Gordon please do me this favour bench Ntwagae for sometime and give other players chance to play stop this favourism you dividing the players where is Sapula?
Anonymous
posted: 12:34 pm
What Im concerned about is the fact that we have lost our culture. Not once did the writer or commentator say "Downs knocks the ball around patiently " = waiting for a gap. Our tradition is all we have. Now its history becoz of Igesund.DAMMIT! We r NOT comparable to Brasil's style anymore. i WANT A Brazilian coach.
Anonymous
posted: 01:13 pm
Robin and Wandile, I respect your views but I have to quickly disagree........I am a Chiefs fan and love my diski........I do not particulaly like Sundowns, but you guys have the best coach in the country and you want to thow him to the dogs cause of a string of bad luck........it is disappointing to hear these comments of coaches going cause of lack of luck........I am not sure if you have noticed a trend.......Chiefs, Pirates, Supersports and Ajax had the same situation in the past and what do they all have in common........they play like this right after the campaign in the African competitions.......be patient.......besides, Sundowns have been doing well in the second half of the season......why panic now.
Anonymous
posted: 04:34 pm
Guys Godown..oops..Gordon is really taking us down the league table with his pathetic lineups,stupid tactics & baffling substitutions.how can u replace Moriri with Acuna?i have said this before that Godown has long passed his sell by date & we need fresh ideas & young personel to do the job.we are currently flirting with the dreaded axe & it will be extremely difficult 2 collect points in the second round as many teams will be fighting 4 dear life.pls Mr Motsepe spare us the embarassment & give Godown his package 2gether with his Assistant & our back 4 plus Carelse & Apataki before its too late.FRESH LEGS & FRESH IDEAS tswetswe.
Anonymous
posted: 01:28 pm
where in the world leagues have u seen reigning champions
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