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Mabhuti Khenyeza netted the winner

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Posted: 11 January 2009 Time: 17:32

Mabhuti Khenyeza scored his 14th goal of the season to lift Ajax Cape Town back to the top of the Absa Premiership with a 1-0 victory over Thanda Royal Zulu at the Mpumalanga Stadium on Sunday.

The Cape side were superior in the opening 45 minutes, but they had to be at their best defensively in the second half as Thanda fought hard to try and salvage a point.

Khenyeza showed his intentions early on when after four minutes he struck a shot goal-wards from the right hand side of the box, but Aubrey Mathibe was well positioned to make the save.

Katlego Loke enjoyed Thanda's first opportunity in the eighth minute, but was off target with his free kick from the edge of the area.

Ajax's Frankly Cale threatened in the 23rd minute, but failed to find the back of the net from 12 yards out on the left hand side of the box.

Six minutes later the Cape side were in front when Khenyeza continued in his rich vein of scoring form when he put the ball into the bottom corner of the net with a shot from inside the box.

Thanda took until the 39th minute before they had the opportunity to muster a reply - Sibusiso Hadebe had the chance to score from Felix Obada's cross, but failed to hit the target.

On the stroke of half time Ajax nearly doubled their lead when Sameegh Doutie unleashed a shot from the edge of the area, but Mathibe pulled off a fine save to keep his side in the game.

Thanda were given an early chance in the second half to equalise when Obada was afforded space to shoot inside the box, but Ajax keeper Andre Petim was up to the task.

Clement Mazibuko then had two opportunities for the home side to level matters, but his 20-yard shot in the 63rd minute flew over the bar, while in the 69th minute he dragged a 12 yard effort wide of the goal.

Khenyeza enjoyed a rare chance for Craig Rosslee's side in the second half, but failed to increase Ajax's lead when he shot over the bar in the 79th minute.

Thanda continued to work hard as they searched for an equaliser. Veteran striker Peter Ndlovu had two chances in the final six minutes of the game, but shot over the bar from 18 yards in the 84th minute and then did likewise in the 88th minute, but this time from only 12 yards out.

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