Mushekwi the hero for Downs
Posted: 17 December 2010 Time: 22:12
Nyasha Mushekwi helped Mamelodi Sundowns rack up another victory, overcoming stiff opposition from Ajax Cape Town at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night to run out 1-0 victors.
The first 10 minutes saw Downs enjoying territorial advantage, but with little threat to the goal of Hans Vonk.
But Vonk could do nothing about Nyasha Mushekwi's header in the 61st minute, from a corner kick.
It was certainly Ajax who had the better of the early chances, as Terror Fanteni had a 10th minute blocked by Wayne Sandilands and then Thulani Hlatshwayo headed straight at the former Platinum Stars keeper.
A rash tackle by Fanteni on Mathew Booth after 30 minutes put the Cape side on the back foot as he was sent for an early shower.
But even though Downs began to play with more purpose, they never really came close to breaking the deadlock in the closing minutes of the first half.
The Cape Town team started the second half with purpose, both Thulani Serero and Sameehg Doutie having a couple of half chances.
Sandilands then kept the visitors in the lead, thanks to a superb save from close range after Khama Billiat had connected with Lebo Manyama’s cross.
Closing action was intriguing as Ajax continued to give their all in search of a goal, the 10 men running themselves into the ground.