Match report: Orlando Pirates beat Ajax Cape Town 2-0
Posted: 25 September 2012 Time: 21:27
Ajax Cape Town, who have not beaten Orlando Pirates away since 2008, lost again on Tuesday evening.
Classy goals by Sifiso Myeni and Takesure Chinyama made coach Roger de Sa smile as Pirates took all the points off Ajax at Orlando Stadium.
De Sa started with Thulasizwe Mbuyane up front, supported by Myeni, Daine Klate and Tlou Segolela – three wingers in essence – which baffled commentators as to how they were going to line up.
But while Segolela was off form, Myeni – playing more through the middle – and Klate both fired and helped Bucs to the victory.
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Myeni's goal came in the 55th minute and was a great piece of individual skill followed by an excellent strike.
Chinyama's goal came on the back of him being booed by sections of the crowd, even though he had only come on as a second-half substitute.
The big Zimbabwean quickly shut the fans up though, when he turned sharply and powered in a left footed drive in the dying seconds of the game.
The opening half lacked quality with both sides giving the ball away too easily.
But while the home side dominated, Ajax restricted Pirates to shooting from distance and each time Sander Westerveld came out on top.
Bucs should have gone ahead after 22 minutes when Segolela got into space behind the left-back, but while he did very well to go around Westerveld, he was off balance when he shot and Nazeer Allie got back to clear off the line.
At the start of the second half Ajax coach Maarten Stekelenburg made a change, bringing Lebogang Manyama on for the ineffective Keagan Dolly.
The match started to open up and Ajax went close when Allie got in a first-time shot at goal, which Moeneeb Josephs did very well to keep out at his near post.
Then in the 55th minute, the home side struck through Myeni's fantastic goal.
And in the 62nd minute, Bucs nearly scored again when Ajax skipper Granwald Scott lost the ball in a dangerous area and allowed Myeni to steal it and run at goal, but the experienced Westerveld made the save.
A minute later Sangweni, already on a yellow card for an earlier foul on Khama Billiat, fouled him again and was very lucky not to be sent for an early shower.
Substitute Chinyama then put the final nail in the coffin when he turned on the edge of the danger area and powerfully drove a left-footed shot past Westerveld.
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HOME: Orlando Pirates
- 16 Moeneeb Josephs
- 3 Patrick Phungwayo
- 8 Thabo Matlaba
- 21 Siyabonga Sangweni
- 28 Rooi Mahamutsa
- 5 Andile Jali
- 7 Daine Klate
- 11 Sifiso Myeni
82 mins - Onyekachi Okonkwo
- 20 Oupa Manyisa
- 23 Tlou Segolela
58 mins - Takesure Chinyama
- 20 Thulasizwe Mbuyane
72 mins - Thandani Ntshumayelo
AWAY: Ajax Cape Town
- 1 Sander Westerveld
- 2 Nazeer Allie
- 5 Mosa Lebusa
- 5 Matthew Booth
- 22 Aidan Jenniker
- 7 Keagan Dolly
46 mins - Lebogang Manyama
- 10 Koen van de Laak
78 mins - Nhlanhla Shabalala
- 12 Granwald Scott
- 18 Paul Rusike
67 mins - Alcardo van Graan
- 20 Khama Billiat
- 7 Bradley Grobler