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Khama Billiat got the winner in injury time

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Ajax Cape Town come back to punish Mamelodi Sundowns

Posted: 18 September 2011 Time: 16:58

Ajax Cape Town scored three goals in the second half to steal a 3-2 win away to Mamelodi Sundowns.

Lebohang Mokoena opened the scoring for Sundowns in the 30th minute, and the game went into half-time with the home side 1-0 up.

But with Maartin Stekelenburg's advice to his team to "have fun" and play the ball, Ajax came back through Terror Fanteni and Nhlanhla Vilakazi.

Punch Masenamela got his first goal for Sundowns on 83 minutes to level the scores, but Khama Billiat got the winner in injury time.

The Brazilians would have returned to the top of the log had they claimed all three points. Instead they are placed third on 10 points, two adrift of leaders Kaizer Chiefs. Ajax are fourth, also on 10 points.

Sundowns dominated the first half and opened the scoring on 30 minutes when Mokoena curled home a left-footed shot through a crowd of defenders. The Sundowns attacker capitalised on a rebound after Sean Roberts had saved from a snap shot by Katlego Mphela.

Franklin Cale almost doubled the hosts’ lead six minutes later with a dipping volley that crashed back into play off the crossbar.

The second half was much more evenly matched and Ajax started their comeback on 62 minutes when Fanteni controlled a long ball out of defence, pushed into space and unleashed a fierce shot that Wayne Sandilands was helpless to stop.

Just over 10 minutes later the Cape side went in front for the first time. Lebogang Manyama unleashed a long range shot that was saved by Sandilands – however, the ball rolled free in the penalty area and Vilakazi had an easy task to fire the ball home and make it 2-1.

With eight minutes to play, Sundowns set up the game for a dramatic finale by making it 2-2. Masenamela picked up the ball on the edge of the Ajax penalty area and fired a left-footed drive into the back of the net. Roberts got a hand on the shot, but it had too much power to be pushed aside.

The game seemed to be there for Sundowns to win in the dying minutes, but instead it was the Urban Warriors who provided the late heroics.

In the first minute of injury time Ajax sliced open the Brazilians’ defence and Billiat – who had been completely anonymous throughout the regulation 90 – popped up to slide home the winning goal at 3-2.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 08:40 pm
All is not lost to Sundown & its still to early to call for someone's head. You have the chance to redeem yourselves against overrated Orlando cows.
Anonymous
posted: 09:15 pm
a loss for sunclowns on the weekend will be a goodbye kiss for the movie star shame i wonder where are all these fans that were praising salami fc yesterday
once and always till Motsepe hires somebody to wipe his a*s
Anonymous
posted: 10:24 pm
Moriri?
Anonymous
posted: 11:51 pm
yes it took krol 3 seasons b4 he cud get it ryt with cowrats n its VV's 3rd season with da zebras n he hasnt won anything of any significance mara neeskens must andastand that this is s.a n he made his bed wen he pulled an ANC on us by making all sorts of promises n typically wen u dnt deliver there will b service delivery protests. we will b patient with him bt he must understand that he made his bed wen he decided to talk big so he must b prepared to lie in it...he better pray to the dutch Gods he gets its atleast 50% ryt adawise kuzoshuba...we r nt askin for much bt atleast sum consistancy n ryt mentality frm da team sum' in he n his technical team must get ryt b4 sum1 is escorted out of da stadium by cele's jelous boys

#THINKINGoutLOUD#

ANGEKE SAPHELA AMANDLA...
Anonymous
posted: 04:59 am
OPERATION *NESPRAY MUST GO*
Anonymous
posted: 06:59 am
Sundowns have a problem of losing concerntration when they are leading.
Tjovo
posted: 07:11 am
Billiat, you are brilliant, u remind me of Jabu Pule in the early days before ehhhhh
KING?
posted: 07:50 am

welcome to SA Neskeens.
KING?
posted: 07:51 am

Khoza should bring Billiat to Pirates
infoma
posted: 07:58 am
Guys I agree Billiat is good, but all he did yesterday was score the winning goal. He was nowhere to be seen the whole game. As for my teams performance, the less said the better.
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 07:59 am
U Sundowns fans stop criticising Ramahlwe Mphahlele for your loss, We all know He is a good player if used at the right position(centre back), He is not the only Player could have made sundowns win, winning is a team effort and team spirit is not there at the sundowns players, I can see that by the way the play.

Other players don't pass others (e.g Modise does not always get the ball from teammates even when He is in good space to receive the ball). I saw Franklin Cale not joining the celebration of Mokoena's goal which clearly shows lack of team spirit, I don't know if your coach is watching the same game coz He should have addressed this problem already.

I hardly see Nyatama, Moriri giving Modise the ball even if He is in a better position to attack, This is Sundowns' main problem otherwise they have a good team. If the coach can't instill team spirit and discipline in the team, you guys must not expect much from your team this season. Modise is the only midfielder at Sundowns who is not selfish with the ball so far. I was born to be a Swaiswai.
Anonymous
posted: 08:02 am
Sundowns,they only play first 45minutes and the next half its ball watching
Kaboyellow
posted: 08:10 am
Ka bo yellow masandawana,Guys we have to give it to Ajax, they played well, and we also had our fare share of good football,but its reality, there is always a win or a loose.I for 1 saw improvements on Sundowns performance, we just need to be focused and consistent throughout the Game, but hardy we lost.Ka bo yellow
ooisthuizen
posted: 09:04 am
I told jou Sandowners hore lea ho murwa ke batho en jou take me vir granted as jou saw me as a Chiefs frustrated supporter,so kebao bale murile...kobang "MOPAKWANA"oo wa coach!!!
Hlori
posted: 09:04 am
Hi Fellow Downs, please allow me to be critical. I m yet to see the direction the coach is taking. Yes its early days but i will rather lose with a purpose and constructive play. Coach please demote Sandilands, the goalkkeeper coach u have brought in favour of our Mark Anderson has got a lot to answer. The conditioning of the paleyrs is very poor, that Miguel(broght by Stoichkov) lad was a gud physical trainer even the players attested to it at some point but they released him.Please demote Moriri to the stands, i dont care if he was once the darling of Downs supporters.He is not givin us much going forward in that role, at some stage he was playing like a sweeper when we had the ball. Play Mwanjale as a right back and play Mphahlele as a centre back. Mwanjale was bought as a right and immediately strip him off the captaincy' s armband.We lack a leader in the field of play. I have also noticed your tendency to make untimely and poor subs. What was Cale doin on the field, the guy deserves to be on the stands, perhaps Van Heereden could be the answer.You play 4-5-1 formation but yet we don't dominate on the midfield. Why play Khenyeza or Mushekwi as number 10 when we actually have a chance of pairing either with Mphela. Mphela has got a lot of weight playing as a lone striker. I listened to your interviews when u were hired but i m yet to see the piano & shoeshine u promised. I have never been scared of Pirates but come this weekend i am SCARED, the bucs will wallop us if we continue with this trend.
Anonymous
posted: 09:26 am
Bafana ba Stlaela
nmk
posted: 02:34 pm
Moriri as defensive midfield is not a solution in comparison with Okpako,Kekana and Mphahlela.where is mathew partenson.Naaskens must try this starting line up :Onyango,Mampuru,Masenamela,mnwanjale,Daniels,Kekana,Partenson,
Modise,pelembe,Musheku and Mphela.Sub:Sandalands,xulu,Khanyeza,Shongwe,Mokoena,nyatama and khumalo.
Sky4ever
posted: 07:58 am
The physical trainer had not done his job he need to be strict we cant lose kanje and please coach during the pre-season u were using Doctor Mampuru as a right back and i watched dat boy in Swaziland he is the right man for dat position n please bring him back before its too late coz mphahlele is costing us a lot clearly he cant mark.
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