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Santos dent Ajax’s title hopes

Posted: 15 May 2008 Time: 21:42

Ajax Cape Town’s Absa Premiership title hopes received a major setback when they were held to a 1-1 draw by Santos in the Cape Derby on Thursday evening.

The fixture drew more fans than Athlone Stadium is accustomed to in recent seasons, with the crowd braving the cold in the hope of witnessing an entertaining match of football between the second and third placed teams on the log, and they did not disappoint.

Ajax hit their stride early on with Nathan Paulse heading over in the third minute from a Franklyn Cale corner.

Craig Rosslee’s side took a deserved lead in the 10th minute when Dipsy Selolwane headed home from inside the area following a good cross by Makhanyiseli Siwahla.

Referee Thabo Nkosi tried to stamp his authority on the game, and in doing so brandished four yellow cards in the space of 10 minutes and a total of six yellow cards in the first half alone.

But as the game wore on, The People’s Team started imposing themselves, with Erwin Isaacs and Eleazar Rodgers prominent in most of their attacks.

It came as no surprise when Santos drew level in the 33rd minute following a superb build-up which culminated in Isaacs setting up Rodgers to score with a low shot inside the area.

The score remained 1-1 at the break, and Ajax Cape Town started the second period in much the same way they did the first, with midfielder Clifford Ngobeni testing Santos goalkeeper Wayne Roberts with a superb long range shot, but Roberts produced a good save to palm the ball away for a corner.

Ajax had a goal disallowed in the 57th minute when Nathan Paulse headed home from a Franklyn Cale’s free-kick, but the referee disallowed it for an infringement inside the area, although it did appear as if Paulse’s shirt was being pulled by a Santos defender.

Ajax won a host of free-kicks around the Santos area, but could not capitalise as the game swung from end to end at breakneck pace.

Otieno should have handed the People’s Team the lead in the 74th minute when he headed just wide of goal from substitute Thando Mngomeni’s free-kick.

Romano Scott wasted a glorious chance to hand Santos the lead when he was played clear by Wayne Arendse, but the winger’s final touch was poor and Hans Vonk made a good save.

Santos continued to pile on the pressure and Gabonamong shot high and wide in the 76th minute following good work by Isaacs.

Santos were denied a penalty in the 85th minute when Scott was fouled inside the area by Nhlanhla Shabalala.

Shabalala should have wrapped up the game for Ajax two minutes from the end when he surged into the Santos area, but his fierce shot was brilliantly saved by Roberts, and with that went the final chance of the game.

For Ajax to win the league now they will have to beat Golden Arrows at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Sunday, and hope that Supersport United go down to Bloemfontein Celtic at Seisa Ramabodu, which will see the Ikamva-based side go level on 54 points with leaders Matsatsantsa, but it will also secure the Urban Warriors their first ever league title as they have a superior goal difference to Gavin Hunt’s side.

Previous comments on this story...

Coach Mohammed Kiwanuka (076333227)
posted: 10:50 pm
Down to the wire in PSL. Down to the last day in the English Premiership and down to the wire in the Italian League. Thats a wonderful scenario in world football and it can never get better than that for the fans.
However, I beleive that the factors that have brought about this lack of absolute dominance are more to do with dwindling performance standards than on the opposite.
I therefore appeal to whoever is going to be luckier to lift the title come 'super sunday' not to rest on unrealistic apparrels but to go right ahead and strengthen their teams' technical resources, go and beef up their playing staff with the best in Africa and beyond, because it wont help much if the PSL Champions cannot represent this country with the deserving honour.
As for the Orlando Pirates 'technical assessors', I have no respect at all.
How come that they always release the best players after they pronounce them wrongly as useless?
Supersport is on the verge of being crowned PSL Champions by virtue of the wonderful displays by an Orlando Pirates reject Fikru Tefera! What about Lero Mbere who was rejected by the same blind masters only to go straight away and rule Africa? Some guys should leave football alone and go farming. May be then they can help alleviate the escallating food prices.
Mark my words.
Coach Med K.
Cell: 0720 582 580
Email: drlusuku@yahoo.com
Anonymous
posted: 07:15 am
Clearly SS United are champions in waiting, hard luck to the young, talented Ajax boys, heaven knows they give it their best but it's destined to stay in Tshwane, congratulations are in order for Gavin Hunt and the boys, KHOSI 4 LIFE!!!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:41 am
Wow i hope Gavin Hunt wins it man, it elluded him at Swallows and he had a good game plan this season with SS Sport. I'm also thrilled by the fact that R5m will be shared amongst the staff and players. Its time players get paid seriously. I can't wait to c next season the PSL Contenders. Hale for Umjomana. Rest in Peace man!!
Anonymous
posted: 11:41 am
It looks all set for Supersport to take the title , but technically its not over yet.
I was at the game last night and gave the referee the benefit of the doubt for some of the questionable decisions , but once I got home and saw the replays over and over again, clearly the ref got some of the decisions wrong. Come on referees , this is not any other game , there is 10mil at stake here.
Anonymous
posted: 10:22 pm
More misery for Komphela for sure....
Anonymous
posted: 11:59 pm
Sorry Steve!!
Anonymous
posted: 12:00 am
Sorry Steve!!
better luck next time!!!
Ganadlha
posted: 07:47 am
People say that we must score more goals?why all this teams score 1-0 is it only Pirates that must score more goals?well what is most important a win how many goals scored that does'nt matter only a win matters most.u can keep on winning 1-0 all your games as long others lost then u are the CHAMP.
Jomo Sono,Steve Kompela & Neil Tovey they are good when they are assistance not HEAD coaches.hope that make sense as their TEAMS are strugling now.Amazulu worse Cosmos also Platinum better.
Anonymous
posted: 07:47 am
Steve Kompela knows how to analyse the game while he is a guest on TV, but he is failing dismally at Platinum Stars, probably because their team consists of all tired & rejected players such as Alton Meiring... Kompela should pull up his socks & get new young players or bite the dust...
Ganadlha
posted: 07:48 am
4 straight lost?shooo its just the same as BB.
Anonymous
posted: 08:16 am
Not so long ago all sorts of idiots were spiting venom about local coaches being better than foreign coaches....particular reference was being made to log standings, cup finals which gave the sense that indeed this misconceptions were true...fast track into 2009...what a completely different scenario...Tovey, kompela,recently fired FS coach and a bunch of others are not getting desirable results... whereas Krol, Muhsin and others are doing fairly well... I do not mean to say foreign coaches are better than local ones...however would like to advise to analyze teams holistically and not just single out coaches...In South Africa there is this irritating tendency to want to divide along racial lines at every given opportunity...such must cease to exist...let's asses every creature according to the content of its character...Whatchu go say now idiots about local v foreign...!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:20 am
Not so long ago all sorts of idiots were spiting venom about local coaches being better than foreign coaches....particular reference was being made to log standings, cup finals which gave the sense that indeed this misconceptions were true...fast track into 2009...what a completely different scenario...Tovey, kompela,recently fired FS coach and a bunch of others are not getting desirable results... whereas Krol, Muhsin and others are doing fairly well... I do not mean to say foreign coaches are better than local ones...however would like to advise to analyze teams holistically and not just single out coaches...In South Africa there is this irritating tendency to want to divide along racial lines at every given opportunity...such must cease to exist...let's asses every creature according to the content of its character...Whatchu go say now idiots about local v foreign...!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:49 am
Thami papa, I have no business commenting about a team like Platinum Stars, but damn, did you say you would like them to match sundowns & kc? If I were you I would prefer my team to match the likes of kc & ssu, sundowns is a garbage team, they too would like to match kc & ssu. I have a sundowns sticker on my car, that boy Motsepe is pushing to the point where I will jus remove the damn thing...
Ganadlha
posted: 08:59 am
4lost not good enough.hope you lost 6like BB.Kompela must step down or be an assistance.Tovey too is doing very bad at Amazulu he must give Barker back the job and learn under him again.then it came to JOMO shoo the sturbon of all.that one enjoys playing 1year on PLS & the other on Mvela.next time he will go 4good watch the space like African Wanderous.the sooner he get the Good Coach the better.
Anonymous
posted: 09:02 am
Kill them, I said kill Platinum Stars till they realize that this blaming syndrome does not work..

They blamed Teko and Josephs for their loss to Pirates. This whole thing started hate in this forum where Pirates and Khoza were seriously attacked. Who are they gonna blame now?

Kill them, i said kill them..
Anonymous
posted: 11:12 am
It is not about playing soccer to get in coaching.Steve and Tovey played at the highest level and captain the Bafana team and they are struggling in coaching.So please South African don't fool other South African people.Morino and Furgason did not excel in playing soccer,but they are excelling in coaching.
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