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Eduardo Ferreira opened the scoring for the Urban Warriors.

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Urban Warriors regain top spot

Posted: 7 May 2008 Time: 21:13

Ajax Cape Town moved back to the top of the Absa Premiership following their comfortable 3-0 win over AmaZulu at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday evening.

Eduardo Ferreira, Franklin Cale and Sifiso Vilakazi scored for the hosts.

The Urban Warriors made their intentions clear from the start, creating their first chance in the seventh minute when winger Franklyn Cale put in a good low cross from the left flank, but Usuthu skipper Belux Kasongo put the ball over his own crossbar from inside the six-yard area, with Ajax striker Nathan Paulse in close attendance.

However, the hosts went ahead from the resulting corner when Eduardo Ferreira rose highest to head home Cale’s corner.

Vilakazi went close to extending Ajax Cape Town’s lead in the 15th minute when he was put clear by strike partner Paulse, but the former Free State Stars man sent his effort into the side-netting.

The visitors rarely threatened Hans Vonk’s goal and found themselves 2-0 down in the 32nd minute, albeit under dubious circumstances, when the Usuthu defence failed to clear a low pass by Nazeer Allie, who appeared to have handled the ball twice in the build-up, for Cale to score with a low shot.

The score remained 2-0 at half-time.

Craig Rosslee’s side continued their dominance in the second half and threatened just two minutes after the restart when Clifford Ngobeni latched onto a poor clearance by Belux Kasongo, but the midfielder’s shot from the edge of the area flew straight at AmaZulu keeper Kalililo Kakonje, who punched the ball clear.

However, the Urban Warriors were not to be denied and went 3-0 up in the 53rd minute when Vilakazi scored at the far post following a superb cross by Mkhanyiseli Siwahla.

Vilakazi wasted a glorious chance a minute later when he latched onto a header by Ferreira, but the striker put his effort over the bar from inside the six-yard area.

AmaZulu launched a rare attack in the 63rd minute, but Bulelani Matross sent his effort from a tight angle high over the bar.

Nathan Paulse should have made it 4-0 in the 69th minute when he was put clear on goal by Siwahla, and although Kakonje could only parry the lanky striker’s initial effort, the Usuthu keeper reacted fast to deny Paulse a second time.

Cale went close in the 85th minute hitting the crossbar with a right-footed volley, as the hosts continued to pile on the pressure. In the end Ajax Cape Town cruised to a comfortable win, moving two points clear of title rivals Supersport United, who meet Moroka Swallows at the Super Stadium on Saturday.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 09:24 pm
Hard luck to the team from my Province, I did mention that it was going to be hard without Ngwenya and Mkhwanazi but it did not even cross my mind that things would be this bad.
Anonymous
posted: 09:49 pm
S@#t this is not good news for us sundowns that number 2 spot might end up being just a dream
Anonymous
posted: 10:05 pm
Ajax r playin gud soccer even though i can bet my last cent & put my head on d block Ajax wont win d league i'm saying this evn they r 2 games 2 go u cant embarsse bucs & go with it n as 4 Sundowns evn if Ajax was beaten they wont get d second spot they wud finish d log on d log mark my words.
Anonymous
posted: 10:05 pm
Wai... Amazulu... paraffin steam...
Anonymous
posted: 10:07 pm
Sundowns wud finish d log on d fourth spot they r jst lucky bt they depend 2 much on d ada teams 2 do dem favour
Anonymous
posted: 10:09 pm
GUYS U CN BLIVE IT OR NOT BT I'M TELLING U COSMOS WONT B RELEGATED IF U KNW JOMO U WUD KNW BY NW WAT I MEAN UNLESS U R NEW 2 DIS GAME
Anonymous
posted: 10:25 pm
Hebe uSuthu
Hebe uSuthu better luck next time

Nobody is doing Sundowns any favours but themselves by winning the games on the field
THE SKY IS THE LIMIT
Anonymous
posted: 08:03 am
HARDLUCK MAZULU AKITHI!!!
Mabhiza
posted: 11:34 am
There is no way uSuthu could win that game since 5 regulars were not there, but anyway let us upset Swallows next week.
Anonymous
posted: 06:14 pm
Congratulations Bucs for a wonderful win against Ajax.Our match on the 19th has suddenly become oh so very important.It's status has sky rocketed to that of TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH!!!Brazilians let's go to invade Coca Cola Park in large numbers. To inspire the boys in our efforts to reclaim our title back from our rivals SSU.
Anonymous
posted: 06:24 pm
Great win! the start of road to win the championship title.
DTC until Chips win CAF Champions League
posted: 07:13 pm
Thanx to Krol for being a good listener. About 95% of Bucs' fansd in the BUCS' CORNER (www.orlandopiratesfc.com) were complaining about the use of the ineffective Oupa Manyisa. Thanx that he was completely dropped. Same applies to Makonese. Congradulations to Jele, for a wonderful game on the right. This was a team effort. Goodluck against Sundowns. Hope Kamwendo will play. MaBhakaniya we have the new John Moeti in Andeile Jali. Nothing more can be said to Thwala and Mahamutsa in defence (they are ever reliable and they take no prisoners).
Anonymous
posted: 08:19 pm
Bonga, which Rooi Mahamutsa were you watching? he is like the new Seema!
I am tired of Pirates wasting one opportunity after another, the Bucs must close the deal.Mahoota, Shaka Zulu and Mhlongo pissed on opportunity after another and towards the end Ajax put so much pressure this game could easily have been a draw at best
Anonymous
posted: 08:53 pm
Join me on my private Orlando Pirates Fantasy League where a lot is stake :-4972459960419
Anonymous
posted: 09:29 am
Welldone Mabhakabhaka good fight. Welldone Krol good job, I wish the best of luck, I respect you as a person I think if you really listen to the Bucs family country-wide you will go far, we have known this team long enough, believe me we know when you are going offline. Very few coaches have won their league openers in the Bucs ship. I stand to be corrected the last one that did that was Papic who went on 17 games unbeaten a record not even a single can try to close in this league.

Congrats coach and your players.
Anonymous
posted: 02:14 pm
I dnt see us(bucs) wining anythng ths season with these tactics used by d coach, 1. Mahamutsa in central, 2. Legwati leftback. 3. Modise leftwing not efective, why not put him behind forwads. 4. Not substituting, had ajax scored in last minutes, why cnt u gv othr plyrz sm run. 5. He(coach) keep on signing midfldrs whl w ned defenders. Its onother papic gud futbal wth no cups.
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