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PSL match report: Ajax Cape Town beat Free State Stars

Posted: 7 April 2013 Time: 16:54

Ajax Cape Town got their first win in 10 matches, beating Free State Stars 4-2 in Cape Town on Sunday.

Thapelo Mkhatshwa put the visitors ahead, but an inspired performance by Abia Nale helped Ajax turn the scoreline around, before a dramatic finish with late goals by Sedate Ouro-Akoriko and Khama Billiat.

Ajax came into the game desperate for a turnaround of fortunes, as they languish in the relegation zone.

And Steve Komphela’s side are experiencing a similar run of bad form, as their chances of a top four finish have been crushed by a four-match winless run.

Jan Versleijen blasted his players after their 3-1 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns midweek and he opted to completely reshuffle his team, with five changes to the starting line-up.

Lebogang Manyama, Abia Nale and Wanderson formed part of a new attacking trio, with Khama Billiat dropped and Mabhuti Khenyeza suspended.

But it was Lance Davids who struck the first effort at goal, although his attempt was wide.

The attacking force of Stars has been put under heavy scrutiny throughout the season, and it was a trademark error by Ajax’s defence that led to the first goal, after they failed to close down Mkhatshwa who struck a low effort to beat Sander Westerveld at his near post.

12 minutes later Nale spotted Manyama unmarked at the far post and he supplied a great cross that allowed his teammate to complete the simple tap-in.

Six minutes before the break and the visitors were dealt another blow when Moeketsi Mvula had to replace Fikru Lemessa owing to injury.

With the match delicately poised, the Urban Warriors knew that they needed to come out firing with all cylinders in the second half, and they did so.

Nale converted a long ball into the box to make it 2-1, before Matthew Booth made amends for his bad positioning on the earlier goal with a perfectly timed intervention on Mvula’s cross to flick the ball over the crossbar, for the save of the day.

Khama Billiat came on for the cramping Nale and managed to lob the ball over Tshepo Motsoeneng put Ajax up 3-1.

Ea Lla Koto responded three minutes later when Ouro-Akoriko rattled the back of the net with a powerful strike from range, but a few minutes later Billiat and Manyama combined again to put the win beyond doubt.

Previous comments on this story...

Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 05:03 pm
Come Wednesday Night Roger Di Sa will be History in Orlando Pirates in the Books of Sea Robbers. Love & Peacep
Khody4peacenlove
posted: 05:03 pm
Hehehehe i c tears 4 rats der is no way ajax is gonna loose deir match on wednesday,RTG,Khosi 4 lyf.
Chief - Champ Salakiaku
posted: 05:05 pm
This puts my boys Leopards in danger
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 05:06 pm
Come Wednesday Night Roger Di Sa will be History in Orlando Pirates Books. Love & Peace.
khosi4lyf@molokza
posted: 05:07 pm
good 4 ajax..@ last u made it
Queen 2the Chiefs
posted: 05:09 pm
Congrats Ajax i was rooting for you,Nale welldone lad,scoring 1 and creating 1,correct me if im wrong but didn't Nale score the second goal instead of the first? Goodluck on ur next match Urban Warriors...Peace
Trouble-Touch the Chief-Champ
posted: 05:20 pm
This makes their next match against Pirates an even more interesting match-up.
Well done Urban Warriors.
Ayeye Ma-Buccaneer!!!!
Khosi4lewe!!!!
candyman
posted: 05:36 pm
I guess sitting on the bench helped biliat to be a better team player and not play for himself...
Donald Duck
posted: 05:44 pm
All u need is to beat mice on Wednesday and everything will be cool. Judging by their performance u have nothing to be scared. Wallop them 3-0 with a brace from Abia Nale
De-Bull
posted: 06:00 pm
Now this is what We call PSL. Let the game begins....! My team Khosi needs to comeback to the party now!!!!!
ChiefsManiac
posted: 06:15 pm
Now that Ajax have got their ammunition,the barrel is pointing to the RATS on Wednesday!!...Ayeye Bugz Ayeye.
BORN BUCCANEER
posted: 06:25 pm
I don't know why but Ajax Cape Town's form always come back whenever they are to face OPFC ,eishshsh.... I was watching the game and i must say that Van De Laak boy and Billiat will be a threat to our poor defence considering that Roger will field Ayanda Gcaba ,and Jele whom I think he needs to be rested because he has been the shadow of his former himself after that career threatening Injury. Otherwise we need this win and our players must show desperation on wed against ajax. As for Mbesuma i arrest my case (as The Phefeni boy).

Buccaneer by birth!!! AMEN.
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 06:35 pm
The message is clear to the black team

K4L : let's hear
Tshintsha
posted: 06:35 pm
On Wednesday, it will be a DIFFERENT BALL GAME ALL TOGETHER! OPFC WILL WIN and KC fans will xit in their pants! Up the Bucs!
deBuc
posted: 06:39 pm
Good for Ajax. I hate playing wounded tigers!!!
deBuc
posted: 06:42 pm
Interesting times in psl indeed. Teams playing draws others fighting for relegation. Fans after the coach blood, coach sayin de F word on national tv, hooligan invading the pitch hittin de ref with vuvuzela. Woooooooooooooooah!!!!
implementing vision 2013/2014 with PITso
posted: 06:47 pm
Although I'm sundowns supporter it ws worrying me to c Cape town teams both in the relegation zone coz tht means we won't c our teams in the cape. Let's rally behind Ajax ma-Capetonians as I lost hpoe long tym In u Mr Chippa.
Matt/ Tremble4Da2ndStarChamps
posted: 06:58 pm
@Squeeza-walibhosi

"Oh no you're not getting away that easy," said Shaggy from Scooby Doo!

Squeeza, I'm still waiting for an answer from my comment earlier in the day. Uthule leni wena lamthuthu? Phendula ngale ndaba ye-coal and gold. I'm waiting... (with my foot tapping the floor, soon to kick you hell like Manqoba Mnqithi told me to do you).

@Queen2TheChiefs
Plz tell this Squeeza-nyana sakho I'm waiting for him. Ulibele ukuneka amasende akhe that are UNRELEVANT across this site. He knows I'm his worst nightmare; sorry but Easter didn't even change me by a wink...
The cheese Pirate
posted: 07:16 pm
De sa is worse than leal who was fired for nothing.... Nxa khoza we want this league to shut thiz loud boooooooo boys

once and always
sharcks
posted: 07:23 pm
chips fans are hapi 4 ajax win,im also hapi 4 them also bcause they out of relagation,come weds we kick them back were they belong,bucs4life
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