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Posted: 17 September 2013 Time: 19:01

Cuthbert Malajila netted with 10 minutes to go to ensure a thrilling 2-2 draw for Mamelodi Sundowns against Ajax at the Cape Town Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Bongani Zungu gave the Brazilians the lead, but Ajax levelled and went ahead through Keegan Dolly and a Lebohang Manyama penalty before the Zimbabwean's late strike.

Ajax started with two debutants in the form of Ritus Krjauklis and Bantu Mzwakali, as well as Eleazar Rodgers, who is on loan from Chloorkop, while Khama Billiat was back in Cape Town for the first time since leaving the Urban Warriors during the transfer window.

It was a nervy start to the match for the Sundowns back-four, with Kennedy Mweene forced into a smart save early on after Rodgers latched onto Manyama’s cross.

On nine minutes Rodgers beat the goalkeeper to the ball, but his cross into box was well dealt with by Bryce Moon.

The Brazilians had their first shot at goal shortly afterwards when Dove Wome fired over from 25 yards, before a poor touch by Billiat denied him a shot on target after great work down the left by Punch Masenamela, who was making his first start after a six-month injury lay-off.

Ajax had a great chance midway through the first half when a deflected cross found its to an unmarked Ernesto. However, rather than hitting it first time he tried to bring it down, allowing the defence to close him down.

Downs had their first shot on target in the 36th minute when Malajila played in Billiat, who shot straight at Brendon Peterson, and five minutes later Ajax came closest to breaking the deadlock – Mzwakali’s free-kick hitting the crossbar.

Dolly had another shot in injury-time, but Mweene gathered at the second attempt.

The second half started at a frantic pace and in five minutes we saw two goals and another shot hit the woodwork.

First Zungu broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when Dominic Isaacs’ clearing header fell at his feet; the youngster showing great composure to shoot across Peterson and into the back of the net.

But just five minutes later Ajax were level thanks to some Dolly magic and poor judgement from Mweene. Sumaila gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of the box and Dolly, rather than crossing, smashed a shot from an audacious angle which beat the keeper at his near-post.

Billiat then hit the post a minute later from 10 yards out from Bryce Moon’s pinpoint cross, but it was the hosts to score next, albeit controversially.

Nathan Paulse went down under Alje Schut’s challenge, despite replays showing a clear dive from the striker. Manyama made no mistake with the spot-kick, blasting it straight down the middle.

Substitute Katlego Mashego made an immediate impact after coming on – first forcing Peterson into a save from a free-kick and then seeing the keeper parry his snapshot from distance.

From the resulting corner though, Sundowns did equalise. Malajila’s initial header hit the crossbar and Zungu’s follow-up effort was brilliantly saved, but the Zimbabwean striker got up to sweep home the rebound.

Billiat almost gave his new side the lead moments later when some great skill saw him beat a defender before curling a shot which rattled the crossbar, while at the other end Manyama fired well wide when in a good position.

In the frantic dying minutes, Hlompo Kekana flashed a free-kick inches wide, Malajila failed to connect with Richard Henyekane’s cross-cum-shot, and Manyama had an effort tipped wide but, despite their best efforts, this exciting game would not have a winner.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

raysekele
posted: 2013-09-17 17:12:50

Grt starting 11 by sundowns,kabo yellow

Azania
posted: 2013-09-17 18:03:22

How many foreigners are allowed in a game? I thought not more than 3 all in one game. Sundowns is stretching the legality of our football rules.

Azania
posted: 2013-09-17 18:53:36

How many foreigners are allowed in a game? I thought not more than 3 per team in one game. Sundowns is stretching the legality of our football rules.

CJB Ramses III
posted: 2013-09-17 19:29:33

Ao "intombi zishelwa nge Mali" Zuuuungu Zungu Zunga Za..! My goodness love idiski yalentwana bafwethu...

I do believe there's another Zungu out that that Dove Wome is taking up his position...

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-17 19:41:22

consistency is what we need, otherwise we are going no where in terms of winning the league. last year we ended up out of top because of this inconsistency. where we supposed to collect 3 points we just let it slip out of our hands. this is not on.

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-09-17 19:56:05

Dundunu kaboyellowlol haha

Ayikh lento

mollon
posted: 2013-09-17 20:08:28

Hhawe Mfiki!!!

PalediTLehoabe
posted: 2013-09-17 20:14:31

Refrees(psl) are killing our games. A person dive a penalty. The standard of middle man is way down. Yellow I remain

PalediTLehoabe
posted: 2013-09-17 20:17:23

True we need to collect those 3 points while it is still early. Anyway the played will except the keeper

ZipZap Khosified!!!
posted: 2013-09-17 20:22:08

Apparently Kennedy is registered as South African

Andres 84
posted: 2013-09-17 20:33:00

Your football knowledge is outdated. There is no limitations anymore. Yo"all need to read more.

Andres 84
posted: 2013-09-17 20:34:29

The ref was terrible but we should have won it. You got to put those chances away. The game was ours to win.

Silver Line KBY
posted: 2013-09-17 20:54:55

PalediTLehoabe sure

Tsundzuka
posted: 2013-09-17 21:01:21

you allowed to field five, mara Schutt plays as a local player cause of owning an expensive house in Europe(trust me, I'm as sober as a judge) ,Mweene too, cause he s been in the country for years

Comme Des Sundowns
posted: 2013-09-17 21:25:34

Ajax v Sundowns always exciting game with usually goals involved. I only frown when we draw without finding the back of the net.  

On a serious note, Mweene must get the bench time to know that he has to bring his a-game match in and match out. Dolly's goal penetrated the near post that he covered but his save was sloppy.

Billiat is getting there, I need some more cheeseboy. Sumaila is great but he is not comfortable on the ball, he should loosen a bit and pass the ball without being nervous. Killer must be given a chance while its still early days to prove himself. We need pelembe.

SINKER
posted: 2013-09-17 21:34:01

Million dollar draw,money cant buy glory,really now.

JoviesMabaso
posted: 2013-09-17 21:48:09

Downs. Started with drawz I dnt like des

Nietszche
posted: 2013-09-18 04:14:18

This week sundowns will train on hitting the target and the keeper on good timing

Javelin is not our style but we need more urgency when going forward. Draws are for orlandrw pierates

Nietszche
posted: 2013-09-18 04:18:49

My apology I forgot something important. Mfiki need to be smashed with a huge trumpet. He did not learn from a tiny plastic trumpet

Three 3
posted: 2013-09-18 04:50:39

Sundowns 6 non South African players in one game.....this is too much

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