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Posted: 10 February 2010 Time: 22:13

Ajax Cape Town came unstuck against a Gauteng side for the second time in three days as they went down 2-1 to Moroka Swallows at the Olympia Stadium on Wednesday night.

The goals were scored by Siyabonga Nomvete and Auguston Leonard for Swallows, and Lance Davids for Ajax.

Aofr Ajax, the loss followed their 1-0 loss to Sundowns on Sunday, while for Swallows it was third time lucky as they recorded their first win after the restart of the Absa Premiership.

First half spoils were relatively even, with Ajax enjoying chances early on and Swallows having the better of the latter stages of the half, during which time Siyabonga Nomvete found the back of the net.

Ajax's first opportunities fell the way of Thulani Serero and Nhlanhla Shabalala, but both failed to pose any threat to Swallows keeper Greg Etafia.

Having missed an earlier chance, Nomvete made no mistake in the 33rd minute when he powered home Keegan Ritchie's corner kick with a close range header.

The Birds remained on top, searching out a second goal through Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Auguston Leonard, but the score remained 1-0 as the teams went into the break.

It didn’t take too long in the second half however before the scoreboard was altered, and to the dismay of the home fans, it was Ajax who were the scorers as Lance Davids slammed home a 25-yard free kick to level the game; 1-1 after 48 minutes.

But just five minutes later the Birds were flying high again as Leonard netted with a low shot from inside the box.

The Cape Town team never really looked like getting back into the contest after that, especially with Diyo Sibisi not on-song in front of goal.

Indeed, the Birds remained pretty much untroubled until the final whistle, although Nathan Paulse could have ensured a point had he done better with a 88th minute header.

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Anonymous
posted: 01:11 pm
Well done to my team swallows. I now see the light at the end of the tunnel. I was one of the critics of Mr Zobel but he surprised me by doing what has been my cry with the management of swallows, the introduction of young and talented players. I was worried about our develoment of not producing enough young stars but now with Mr Zobel as the head coach, he is now introducing young and talented players like Mashishi, Leonard, Ritchie, Vilakazi, using Mphahlele, Khumalo, Bengu more often than before. Our previous coaches never believed in young players, we lost young players to other teams because of coaches like Gavin Hunt and Leal, we lost Myeni to Wits, Mbhele to Amabuzi in natal. Thanks Mr Zobel for carrying on the philosophy of the late Pine Chabeli who brouht young players to the team, players like Chakachaka Mpondo, the late Manelo Rapelogo, Steve Sekano, Siza Nombe, Goodman Hlongwane, Marcu Mphafudi etc. I hope we win or draw the remaining games to consolidate our top 8 position. You have laid a foundation for next season and wish you and your technical team all the best in Mauritius. But still Leon aka Lion prison Prins he still not my favourite soccer administrator he is clueless..
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