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Ajax Cape Town crash to Bidvest Wits

Posted: 2 March 2011 Time: 17:57

Ajax Cape Town’s hopes of winning a first Absa Premiership title were dealt a blow on Wednesday afternoon as they were beaten 2-0 by Bidvest Wits in Johannesburg.

The Urban Warriors had the chance to move to the top of the log (temporarily at least) if they had avoided defeat against the Clever Boys, but goals from Sifiso Vilakazi and Sifiso Myeni handed the home team, who ended the game with ten men, a deserved victory.

The teams exchanged early chances, with Ajax forward Thulani Serero testing Darren Keet with a seventh minute shot before Wits’ Stanton Fredericks sent a drive inches over the crossbar from just inside the penalty area.

On 27 minutes Keet was called into action again, this time keeping out a shot from Granwald Scott after the midfielder had latched onto a poor clearance from Patrick Phungwayo. Khama Billiat threatened a goal just before the 40 minute mark with a shot that just cleared the crossbar, as Ajax continued to look the likelier scorers.

However, it was Wits who took the lead in the 41st minute, with Sifiso Vilakazi scoring a scorcher of a long range goal. His 30-yard shot found the top right corner of the net and beat veteran goalkeeper Hans Vonk all ends up.

The Urban Warriors were unlucky not to level the score in injury time at the end of the first half, with Serero hitting the post with a shot from the edge of the Wits penalty area.

Ajax coach Foppe de Haan opted to change personnel at the start of the second half, withdrawing Seydouba Soumah and Tafadzwa Rusike to be replaced by Nazeer Allie and Thembinkosi Fanteni respectively.

Four minutes into the second half, the Clever Boys were reduced to ten men when Derrick Spencer was shown a straight red card for a challenge on Lebogang Manyama.

It was the second successive game in which the Johannesburg team had a man dismissed, as Thando Mngomeni suffered the same fate in their 3-0 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns on the weekend.

With the numerical advantage, the Cape side took control of the game and began the search for an equalising goal.

Just past the hour mark, ‘Terror’ Fanteni became the second Ajax man to hit the woodwork when he rattled Keet’s crossbar with a snap effort from within the penalty area. Within the next ten minutes Keet was twice called upon to make fine saves to deny Khama Billiat and Serero as Ajax began to turn the screw on Roger de Sa’s youthful side.

However, against the run of play, the ten-man home team doubled their advantage in the 76th minute, as Sifiso Myeni latched onto a good pass from substitute Ryan Chapman and scored with a low shot.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 06:03 pm
Wow, these teams are quitting while they are still behind. Pirates will just walk to the finish line now. Up the beautiful bucs
posted: 06:12 pm
thats GAUTENG connection for you.
posted: 06:16 pm
Bhwaaaaaaa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Kwakwaa!!!!!!!!!!! GPY(Gilikidi Phanstie Yintsini)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Hini madoda ithemba lechiefs. Call us names bt we are marching to heaven. Catch us if can but please DNT use Zimbos to catch us. They wont match us for pace!! we are untouchable.
posted: 06:18 pm
happy people know lets go 4 the kill its in our hands,shapa bucs shapa
posted: 06:19 pm
I hope rats loose !!
posted: 06:21 pm
If pirates lose tonight and sundowns win- the league will very exciting. ajax stil remain a threat though- they just can't lose in cape town. the game between them and pirates will be almost like a final but tactics of the day especially from the pirates side might give it away to ajax. pirates is almost too complacent- they may be on top but they haven't won the league as yet.
posted: 06:27 pm
Nyc 1 by wits nw its tym 4 Bucs 2 capitalize...easy. Up da bucs alwys
posted: 06:41 pm
It's hot in kitchen 4 Ajax & da Farmers
Auuuwwwwuuuu Bhakajuju!!!
Namibia's Khosi Queen
posted: 07:10 pm
Mmmmmmm, interesting!!
posted: 07:20 pm
It's up 2pirates 2use this advantage and go a step further,and the chasing pack 2panick,it feels gud 2b on top.
posted: 07:22 pm
Thanks Rodger, Krol please make the Buccanners family proud, please coach kopa o apare your pink shirt tonight,,,Pleeeeease Krol. I love you krol...
posted: 07:29 pm
Legwaragwara ke la basimane. Rona mabhakaniya. We are enjoying life at the top!
Others are watching in in envy.monate wa bolo. Happy people.
posted: 07:35 pm
Thank to de sar and his youthful side
posted: 07:50 pm
Mariztburg United 2 Pie-Rats 0

goal scores: Besterand Lenties
posted: 07:50 pm
Pirates have a chance to stretch the lead. The league is not won yet!!! Consistency is the only thing that is needed now… Sorry to the haters of the Might Buccaneers…
posted: 07:55 pm
well done the student, good lesson.
posted: 07:58 am
Well done to Ajax - they should play just like that when we see them next week
posted: 11:50 am
Sweet revenge!!! Vasco 6-0 Santos 3-0 and Ajax 2-0 only problem goals are drying up a bit!!! only joking, you boys make me proud!

I would pay anytime to go and watch top-class football like yesterday! These two teams are undoubtedly playing the best soccer in the league!
Well done boys you all showed nerves of steel when you were down to 10 men and i must commend Keet! he is improving by the day and definitely deserve a place in Bafana!!!
Bringing on Chapman was clever as he really ran hard at the defenders and unsettled them.
Keep it up and you may surprise many come end of season!
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