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Ajax draw 2-2 with Maritzburg

Posted: 21 May 2011 Time: 16:55

Ajax Cape Town drew 2-2 with Maritzburg United on Saturday, handing the PSL title to Orlando Pirates.

The Cape side looked good as they went into the break 1-0 up, but a careless mistake by keeper Hans Vonk and a penalty conceded saw them going 2-1 down before pulling back a late goal.

The Cape side dominated most of the first half, attacking the Maritzburg defence at will, but letting themselves down with some rather weak efforts on goal.

Ajax appeared to lack composure as several players shot tamely.

After a slow opening period, the Urban Warriors should have taken an eighth minute lead when Sameehg Doutie beat Elias Ngwepe and picked out Thulani Serero, whose shot lacked the accuracy to beat Shu-Aib Walters.

And two minutes later Paul Rusike also missed a great chance when he sent a half volley well wide of goal.

For their part, Maritzburg seemed happy to secure a point and rarely put the home defence under pressure.

George Maluleka went close with a 40-yard chip, while Peter Petersen’s weak back-pass nearly let in Rusike.

Ajax finally scored two minutes before the break when Khama Billiat jinked himself into space in the box and curled in shot off the post.

It was United who had the first chance of the second half when in the 50th minute Mor Diouf headed a corner just wide of goal.

And six minutes later it was 1-1 when Vonk allowed Gert Schalkwyk to sneak in and score, having decided to try and use his feet to clear what he could only have thought was a back-pass.

And it went from bad to worse for Ajax six minutes later when Felix Obada went on a scintillating run before pulling the ball back for Schalkwyk, whose shot was judged to have struck Nazeer Allie’s hand.

Diyo Sibisi made no mistake as he slotted home against his former team - 2-1 to Maritzburg.

Ajax continued to squander chances as both Doutie and then Rusike dallied too long in the Maritzburg box and failed to get away shots.

In the 75th minute Serero had a great chance to level the scores after Lebo Manyama had pulled the ball across goal, but again his shot was too close to Walters, who nonetheless made a world class save.

Finally, with three minutes to go, Ajax levelled matters as Doutie scored a well-taken goal, slotting past Walters from the right hand side.

But by this stage Pirates were 2-1 up against Arrows in Durban and Ajax needed to score again to win the title.

They could not however muster any further clear-cut chances and were left to rue what might have been after the final whistle blew.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 05:15 pm
HANS VONK HAS COSTED AJAX A LEAGUE......YOU SUCH A DISGRACE
Anonymous
posted: 05:16 pm
RUMOUR: VONK WILL BE A GOAL KEEPER COACH AT PIRATES
Bhaka4life (2 x Treble Champ)
posted: 05:26 pm
Yara Yara, yepi yepi, if this happen and that doesn't happen so and so will win the league, no ifs, the league is in the bag. Pirates Rocks, we are the champions. What a testing season for us, played in all finals, lost one and cpllecting again next week. Shaapa Bucaneer shaapa.
Anonymous
posted: 05:50 pm
Zola- don't cry.. I dedicate this song to all Ajax fans, im a chiefs fan bt pirates' consistency won them the league.. As for Vonk, Zidane's bro, ur career ended on a bad note man..
Anonymous
posted: 06:06 pm
Where ws Moeneeb Josephs today? It is disheartening not to see him there with the rest of Le Galaxy...
Anonymous
posted: 06:31 pm
The name is DIYO SIBISI......I guess it is the pay back time next season for on loan Ajax player (Diyo Sibisi) Ajax are rumoured to have put a Million Rand tag on his head.
bondocean
posted: 07:10 pm
Very disappointing - 45 minutes from the title and seemingly dominant but some silly mistakes cost them the title. Had their chances.
THA ANALYST
posted: 07:21 pm
AJAX DIDNT LOOSE THE LEAGUE, THEY NEVA HAD IT...SHHAPAAAAA
THA ANALYST
posted: 07:23 pm
AJAX DIDNT LOOSE THE LEAGUE, THEY NEVA HAD IT...SHHAPAAAAA
Anonymous
posted: 07:31 pm
he,he,he,he league 2 cape,he,he,he,shapa bakajuju shhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
Anonymous
posted: 08:28 pm
FLOPPE DE HAAN, FARE THEE WELL!
Anonymous
posted: 08:55 pm
FLOPPE DE HAAN,,, UFLOPPILE SAAN... GO WELL..
Anonymous
posted: 08:57 pm
"Ajax lose the title" Your headline is eye-catching but misleading! AJAX DID NOT LOSE ANY TITLE BECAUSE THEY NEVER HAD ANY!....Simple as that!
T\'blah
posted: 07:27 am
ha ha ha ha! this is Bucs haters and bad wishers. hear dis, more humble pie in yo mouth. with special thanks to Makhosi and Maritzburg for a splendid job they did for us on our way to the title! Re a leboga
Anonymous
posted: 10:31 am
UP THE BUCS

I think the fact that Krol is a genius has always been the song since the past three seasons here. I am one of the people who sang this song and how genius people can at times be obsessed with themselves and forget that there is always a second opinion.

Having said that, it also materialises perfectly when said humanely, life has got no recipe for a guaranteed success. But this proves illusional because man functions well when he has located and aligned himself in his context of operation. Having located and aligned himself, man will also always need something natural about him, his brains. It takes individual capacity and willingness to do all of these things.

Yes, some would love to assert that sport is a collective effort. But that is only when viewed at a macro level. At a micro level, sports is an individual effort because each person assumes a role which must be well carried out so as to make the collectivity succeed. That is how life always leaves much to be desired when people ignore these factors of enculturation and stabilization of a productive energy within a specific context.

It goes without say that things like these are always close to impossibility to achieve and when they a gotten right, why not hold on to them? These things are hard because there is always a zeal to give birth to a culture that is productive out of individuals who are already enculturated in other contexts, which also amounts to deculturation and acculturation proccesses. That is how team establishment and maintenance need some kind of special human effort.

Now, if a coach lasts for long, then there is one culture that materializes and becomes viable and autonomous. This always benefit the players, coach, supporters, etc. We ought to know that culture is not created but evolves out of merging and demerging or desolution of cultures and habits of various kinds. It always is a complexly modelled bunch of isms and ilities that would rather be allowed space to maintain itself if progress is needed.

Culture is a spiritual system if can be said that way, emphasis on system. Any attempt to temper with a system is always not advisable when there is no real reason for doing it. So, I also endorse the brilliant idea that we still have to retain Krol for as much as he is still alive.
Mr T
posted: 07:52 pm
prediction:relegation zone next season.
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