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PSL match report: Ajax Cape Town draw with Orlando Pirates

Posted: 10 April 2013 Time: 21:31

Orlando Pirates dropped valuable points in the race for the title, drawing 2-2 with Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday.

Abia Nale opened the scoring, but goals from Takesure Chinyama and Mpho Makola meant that Ajax needed an equaliser by Toriq Losper earn a share of the points.

The Urban Warriors were looking to draw inspiration from their 4-2 win over Free State Stars on Sunday, and Jan Versleijen certainly went on the offensive, starting with an attacking trio of Abia Nale, Khama Billiat and Lebogang Manyama.

All three had found the back of the net against the Ea Lla Koto and were looking to do the same against Pirates.

Lucky Lekgwathi made his 300th start for the visitors, but it was an inauspicious start to his milestone match, as both teams barely had time to settle before Senzo Meyiwa was picking the ball out of the back of the net.

Andile Jali, who was in doubt for the fixture, gave away possession in the middle of the park, and the ball fell to Billiat, who supplied a through ball to Nale. The Kaizer Chiefs loanee slotted it past Mewiya in the seventh minute.

Pirates then had the perfect opportunity to draw level through Thabo Matlaba, who had just the keeper to beat, but he skied his effort over the crossbar.

Lekgwathi nearly turned the ball into the back of his own net, in the 20th minute, when he intercepted Billiat’s cross into the box, but fortunately for him it went wide.

Ajax’s magic continued in the 40th minute, when their attacking trio played some great passing football. Manyama sent in a cross, from Billiat’s pass, towards Nale, who made a great run into the box before unleashing a shot which stung Meyiwa’s palms.

Ajax should have extended their lead a minute after the interval when Billiat went one on one with the keeper, but he panicked and rounded the crossbar.

Pirates then drew level in the 49th minute, when Chinyama left Sander Westerveld flatfooted in goal and nodded home a cross.

Bucs claimed the lead four minutes later, when substitute Makola cracked home a rebounded ball.

It was do or die for Ajax and they opted for the former when they responded with a goal, on the hour mark, when Losper received a ball from Manyama and beat his marker to tap home from six yards out.

An opportunity to close the game fell to Billiat once again, when he and Manyama combined beautifully around the box, but like most of his efforts on the night it was wide.

Previous comments on this story...

The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:33 pm
What a game by the Urban Warriors

Khama Billiat.......7 clear cut chances down the drain.......

Mokeke......this boy is the future....coll calm and collected....

Lebo Manyama.....What a game he had.....missed 3 clear cut chances....

Abia Nale......1 goal ....I told you Gorillas

Andile Jali made to look like a school boy by Billiat Khamaidihno

Pirates.....Akuna Bantu La

Ajax could have won by 10 goals
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:33 pm
Teams really fight hard against us.... sho... can we play Mazembe already...

Not too much to fault... anxiety was our enemy... great refereeing... the game was played in the right spirit...
harde...

Mazembe won't be able to handle this sort of onslaught when they arrive...
2012/2013 champs khosi by birth tot-tot
posted: 09:34 pm
LoL a game in hand is a point in hand,you can't compare pie rats with a big team like kaizer chiefs never,amakhosi aka draw 5games ngokulandelana,I remain as a khosi fan by birth tot-tot

K4L:let them talk
Mosixty
posted: 09:34 pm
What a game !!!!! End to end stuff.......truth be told, it was a big let off by Ajax. The two all draw is not a true reflection of the game........the score should have been 8 to 2 for Ajax
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:35 pm
I said we have the next Teko here in Mphoroza Roza.... he is starting to believe....
Khosivic
posted: 09:36 pm
Nale wants the league in naturena what were you expecting rats
Bucs I remain
posted: 09:36 pm
Mr khoza please get rid of this Roger De Sa he has killed the DTC. chimpanzees can celebrate now the league is theirs to lose or wi
solkezner
posted: 09:36 pm
amaBhakabhaka kwenzejani, wemabhakabhaka kwenzenjani.....Fire the Coach.
Black n White
posted: 09:36 pm
Our technical team is clearly out of their depth. Its such a pity realy. If we could win back to back trebles with basically the same squad, whats so difficult for De Sa and his team to compete once again. Pathetic!!!
Underliner
posted: 09:36 pm
Nywe nywe nywe... Chiefs dig their own grave. You never ask, Nale came to rescue his former team.....shapa Ajax shapa!!!!! The struggle continues for Bucs....
itani
posted: 09:36 pm
I want billiat at chiefs next season.....let them take abia, masango and zvasiya.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:37 pm
Okonkwo....afile fi fi fi leyanto.....kusele amasimba kuphela.

Anyone who thinks Pirates will win a trophy under Roger is delusional.

KUZONYIWA THIS SEASON
Donald Duck
posted: 09:37 pm
Some teams are playing with muthi. Ajax should have won 7-2. Anyway, @least they are where they belong in 3rd place. Now chiefs and platinum can fight 4 the title, not these draw specialists

RTG
Mosixty
posted: 09:37 pm
@Nebo
Eat your humble pie bra...........can u pls remind me of your slogan from now on
Gold
posted: 09:37 pm
Game in hand fc at it again, I think Billiat is not taking his job seriously football is a cruel game that u can be forgotten as in y'day, u will crawl back to wateva hole u coming from, I think this is a case to probe for match fixing, its just to absurd!

Anyway, Game in hand fc got a fair result! Hehehehe

When I say Gold is the only standard, I mean Gold is the only high standard!!!
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 09:37 pm
We Told Them That They wont win Tonight. The Last Orlando Pirates won the Game was 20 February 2013. The Absa Championship is Going to Naturena. Love & Peace.
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 09:37 pm
Yaa..! Surely we lost it now..! We don't have players and we don't have the technical team..!!

It's true the local coaches can't coach Pirates..!!
Ezidl'ekhaya
posted: 09:37 pm
Mmmmmmmmmmm. Srry mabhakabhaka lol kuyobuye kulunge.......... Rise khosi Rise
Champ Msholozi
posted: 09:37 pm
Phefeni, umubonile ke u-Manyama..........uyashisa lomfana.........
Teetotaller 'J-Line'
posted: 09:37 pm
e se tlhogo ke rata monate wa yona #football#
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