Sibisi wins it for Ajax
Posted: 4 November 2009 Time: 21:49
Jomo Cosmos stick to the bottom as Diyo Sibisi got Ajax Cape Town the points, scoring just before half-time on Wednesday.
Cosmos could feel hard done by as they had a good penalty shout turned down in the second half and were unfortunate not to have found the back of the net at least once in the second half, which they dominated.
Ajax seemed to fall in line with Cosmos’ defensive mindset, content to sit back for the first half. Once they did decide to change tack it bore immediate dividends.
On 26 minutes Ajax caught the Cosmos defence flat-footed when Franklin Cale worked space in their 18 yard area and laid the ball from the left to the right, for Diyo Sibisi to shoot from eight yards out, but Cosmos keeper Avril Phali dived to his left to make a crucial stop.
With half-time approaching, Cosmos midfielder Daniel Gabarone needlessly lost the ball deep in the Ajax half to George Maluleka who, after exchanging passes with Cale, looked up and saw Diyo Sibisi unmarked at the far post and sent the ball over towards the striker.
As it came to him, Sibisi threw himself at the ball and spectacularly headed it beyond Phali to give Ajax a 41st minute lead.
Cosmos came out in the second half looking for immediate redemption. Bongani Theletsane spelt out his team’s intentions by going close with an effort from distance two minutes after the restart.
The home team could feel hard done by as they had a legitimate call for a penalty on the hour turned down, when Camara’s back flick seemed to strike Ajax defender Derek Decamps on the hand just inside the 18 yard area.
As Cosmos pressed for the leveller there was always the danger that Ajax could grab a second. That almost rang true in the 64th minute when Cale smashed the ball goal-wards from around 20 yards out. He had Phali diving at full stretch to block the ball and the rebound was just missed by the running Sibisi.