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Athlone Stadium
23/04/2008 19:30

Orlando Pirates’ Innocent Mdledle battles for possession with Ajax Cape Town's Nathan Paulse.

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Ajax back on top

Posted: 23 April 2008 Time: 21:34

Ajax Cape Town returned to the top of the Absa Premiership table following a gutsy 2-0 win over Orlando Pirates at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

Nathan Paulse and Russel Mwafulirwa scored for the homeside.

In a tight, but entertaining game, Ajax showed great character to seal the vital win with a goal in jury time in both halves.

The game got off to a flying start, with the Cape team looking determined to make an early breakthrough as they brought out several saves from Pirates keeper Senzo Meyiwa in the opening couple of minutes.

In as early as the second minute Nhlanhla Shabalala tested Meyiwa with a header from a Franklyn Cale cross, but he lacked the power to beat the Buccaneers shot stopper.

In the sixth minute Paulse showed good determination to out-muscle Happy Jele and bear down on goal, but Meyiwa did well to move off his line smartly and block the shot.

Pirates soon hit back and thought they had scored the opener in the 10th minute, but Excellent Walaza's shot was ruled off-side.

In the 13th minute Bennett Chenene's good run was not matched by his finish as he shot well over the bar from the edge of the area.

The tempo of the game remained high throughout the half, with the homeside shading proceedings as they showed a greater hunger.

After they were again thwarted in the 37th minute when Meyiwa saved brilliantly from Shabalala, Ajax finally found the back of the net in the fifth minute of injury time when Paulse timed his run to perfection to power home a header from Mkhanyiseli Siwahla corner.

A succession of free kicks awarded early in the second half failed to see either side come close to scoring, with the exception of Siwahla's 57th minute effort which ended up in the side-netting.

After Pirates coach Owen Da Gama made three early changes, the visitors started to enjoy more of the play, but they struggled up front to find much penetration against a stubborn Ajax defence.

When Chenene did break through on goal in the 70th minute, goal keeper Morgan Cathey made a great save to keep The Urban Warriors' lead in tact.

Coach Craig Rosslee looked nervous on the side-lines as his side battled valiantly to keep Pirates at bay in the last 15 minutes, but he was finally able to relax when the win was sealed in the 93rd minute after Russell Mwafulirwa forced his way through to goal before tapping in after his initial shot had rebounded off the upright.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 07:05 am
What an entertaining match ! And I think the linesman made the right decision as Walaza was still in
Anonymous
posted: 07:06 am
..... walaza was still trying to get into an onside position when the ball was played , irrespective if it took a deflection.
Anonymous
posted: 07:27 am
Pirates has dramatically lost form now. I think somebody like Mashaba @OP should address the issue of early to mid-season form that suddenly dies towards the end of season when it matters most.

Even though Pirates squad is big but it is not deep. There comes a time when somebody like Chenene, Modise, Walaza, etc. loses form. What do u do? Keep playing them & hope for the change? No! Take them out & give their competitor a chance. See what happens when they get another chance. A healthy competition for positions results.

"Let a player select himself", so one man said.
Anonymous
posted: 07:29 am
I AM STILL A PROUD BHABHAKA , NOT MATTER WHAT AND I AM SO PROUD OF MY BOYS , THEY DID VER WELL .WE WERE CHEATED A GOAL BUT LIFE GOES ON . MABHAKABHAKA FOR LIFE,WE JUST NEED TO CONCENTRATE ON THE REMAINING GAMES.TO ALL THE BHAKHANIYAS STAY STONG , WE WILL GET BACK IN DUE COURSE.ONCE A PIRATE ALWAYS ONE.LUV YA ALL SHASHI
Anonymous
posted: 07:32 am
IT IS A GAME AND THERE HAS TO BE A WINNER ,WE PLAYED WELL AND WE WERE UNLUCKY.CONGRATULATIONS TO AJAX,YOU SHOULD BE PROUD OF BEATING PIRATES BECAUSE WE ALWAYS MAKE YOU RUN FOR YOUR MONEY.BHAKABHAKA BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME.ONCE A PIRATE ALWAYS ONE.SHASHI WA MOTUMO
Anonymous
posted: 07:40 am
Tshepi
Pie-Rats players are just a bunch of inactive losers,they play pathetic football and with that kind of play they showed last night,i tell you they will NEVER i mean NEVER win anything till 2020 and beyond.

To all those bucs fans who are tired of expiriencing defeat week in and week out,membership forms are still available at $undowns.
Anonymous
posted: 07:41 am
Poor pie-lats, Arthur, Mr Proffessor, Mdu and Riot

shame on u, up d coast!!!

Ajax,Amazulu,Golden Arrows,Santos and Thanda royal zulu!!
Anonymous
posted: 07:45 am
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Meter
posted: 07:49 am
Corrections:

Bongani, Pirates is not the oldest team in the PSL nor even in South Africa. The oldest team is Lamontville Golden Arrows followed by Wits.
Anonymous
posted: 07:50 am
Makho,Proffessor,mgekegeke, SADDAM, Coach same stupid person!!!
Meter
posted: 07:55 am
Wits was formed in 1921, AmaZulu in 1932, Orlando Pirates in 1937, Golden Arrows in 1943 and Moroka Swallows in 1947. You see when we speak, avoid using emotions and resort for facts. Remember, figures don't lie but liars figure.
Anonymous
posted: 07:58 am
If Chiefs don't take the league, I am always consoled if no other team from Gauteng takes. So it looks good now that Ajax and Santos are in the running to take it.
Anonymous
posted: 08:03 am
The Pirates shoes are toooooo big for Da Gama to fill. My advice to him is to start with the Bucs' reserve may be he can make it. WEMABHAKA-BHAKA KWENZENJANI????????????
Meter
posted: 08:05 am
I disagree with the notion that Pirates played well. In that game there were 44 fouls (record in 2007-2008 season), six yellow cards.

Ajax dominated from the opening and could have been 4-0 by the 12th minute. However, Pirates desperation started to unfold and we also saw how Siwahla was rough played by Chenene, and Nathan Paulse was always pulled by the shirt... Ajax being all over the Bucaneers.

Pirates were no where to be found. I only saw Mokoena three times on my 109" TV set, I mean it's too big to miss him. The Pirates 'god' his excelency Teko Modise, I was not even aware that he exist. Then what do you mean when you say Pirates played well?
Anonymous
posted: 08:05 am
What an intriguing game yesterday high tactical both teams wanted result but it wss never meant for pie rates Ajax wanted it most.Siwahla was a thorn in their flash.fouls committed 44 in total wow!!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:29 am
kunzima madoda, ke thupa fela...kwenzenjani mabhakabhaka
Anonymous
posted: 08:31 am
guluva wesingisi!! where u 4rm dde y evrytym u mat us 2 use dictionaries phela english is nt our mthr tongue so plz b smpl strght ndoda!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:33 am
Pirates i feel sori 4 u cos u nt gona make top8!!!
hey Taliban i'm nt dat stupid Proff!!
Anonymous
posted: 08:33 am
Well said guys I only saw the highlights from what I saw Poor Rats were outplayed through out the match. I don't understand the issue of the referee who was bribed or something because you guys has lost to a good team. I like the fact that it’s not Chiefs this time who is implicated on a dubious decision by the man in the middle. ODG should just swalllow his pride and appoint an assistant coach from the X Poor Rats players like Pappi or even Moloi for that matter!
Anonymous
posted: 08:35 am
Pirates is a disgrace to say the least. I think 99,9% of that club and its management is useless and knows fokol about footbal.
A complete overhaul is required if Pirates was to be revived else that club will never reach its potential.

I'm also kind of amazed by some sections of this forum whose club is also not doing well to be laughing at Pirates which is still above them. Having said that I think both Soweto giants need to do something urgently, we cannot allow abantu base mahlanyeni(Pretoria) bazosjwayela kabi.
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