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Ajax Cape Town hold Orlando Pirates to a draw

Posted: 27 April 2012 Time: 21:49

Orlando Pirates failed to put daylight between them and the chasing pack as they drew 1-1 with Ajax at the Cape Town Stadium on Friday night.

George Maluleka netted an early goal for the home side, but The Buccaneers were level just three minutes later through Lucky Lekgwathi.

Bucs had the first chance of the game when Benni McCarthy cleverly slipped in Rudolf Bester, but his shot was too close to Sander Westerveld.

The game was open and fast-paced, with Ajax also spending quite a bit of time around the Pirates box.

But it was only with their first real chance that the Cape side scored. The goal came after 22 minutes and was scored by Maluleka, who took advantage of a slip-up by Oupa Manyisa to rifle a low drive past Moeneeb Josephs.

The Sea Robbers’ reply was swift, however – just three minutes later Lekgwathi sent an angled drive past Westerveld from close range after an enterprising build-up involving Manyisa and Bester.

The first half, which also saw a concussed Bheki Nzunga replaced on 15 minutes by Benson Mhlongo, remained open and entertaining, with both sides having additional efforts on goal; Maluleka coming closest when he drove an angled effort inches wide.

McCarthy had a great chance to put Bucs in front in the 63rd minute when he shaped up for a header on goal following Tokelo Rantie’s excellent cross, but the veteran sent his effort wide.

The second half remained highly entertaining, with both sides attacking and play going from end to end.

With 13 minutes to go, Maluleka’s shot looked set to bend inside the upright, but Rooi Mahamutsa got in a crucial intervention as he put his head on the line.

McCarthy was replaced by Ndumiso Mabena late on, but before departing the field came close to nipping in for a goal, only to be denied by Westerveld’s sharp reflexes.

With four minutes to go Brent Carelse looked set to hit the winner, but Manyisa this time was the Buccaneer to get his body in the way.

That was it as far as goalmouth action was concerned, Bucs having no choice but to leave the Mother City with only a point.

Anthony McLennan

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 10:28 pm
I hv neva bn 2 Pirates trainin fields but I really wonder what is it dat Klate is doing in trainin dat he doesn't do in a match, 4 me he is not delivering yet he's alwyz making d tim, I blame Palacious eva since Klate ws signed he hasn't delivered. Its my opinion of coz.
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:28 pm
@Sweyts : 2012-04-27 22:24 [ Report ]

@Mampintshakegompintshe! LOL. Ungazostefela wena sdindi......you're not the only one who has iets to say......hambofuni 'thushu'! mh.

Oupa Manyisa had one of his best teeth bothering him, yerrr. udlalamasimba lobaba, he should've been red-carded in the first half, Mfiki was too lenient for my liking. nx.
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hahahahahaha,mxm,Wa sika saan...they realy disapointed me this boyz bru...Sunflops gave them an oppotunity n they blew it away.

BHAKAJUJU TILL DEATH DO US PART
Nipsy
posted: 10:30 pm
@Wena-Mpotjekegobotje,

Go and sleep maan you think ke Sowetan here where you fill the entire page with your lousy comments!
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:31 pm
My heart is soooo sore!mxm!*Crying*
Anonymous
posted: 10:32 pm
Don't worry Bucs u sacked de coach bcoz he was doing wrong things now u pay de price. We'll be on de top spot on Sunday after Santo's game. Thanx 4 ur draw guys.
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:33 pm
@Nipsy

@Wena-Mpotjekegobotje,

Go and sleep maan you think ke Sowetan here where you fill the entire page with your lousy comments!
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kikikikiki,hey wena,hv U eva met with me ko Sowetan?kikikikikiki...wa kula saan!!!This is a different Mpotje maan.

*DEAD*
Anonymous
posted: 10:37 pm
Pls bring back Isaac Chansa.
CHAMP Mpotjekegobotje
posted: 10:37 pm
@lawrence Shivambu. (Mtititi)

Don't worry Bucs u sacked de coach bcoz he was doing wrong things now u pay de price. We'll be on de top spot on Sunday after Santo's game. Thanx 4 ur draw guys.
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Howz dat gonna b possibl coz Sunflops wil either draw or loose against Santoz.

UP DA BUCZ

Anonymous
posted: 10:38 pm
Don't blame waterlogged @ de stadium, blame your stupid coach he belong 2 development dat guy man not in de (PSL).
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
I think we need Chansa to steer the ship in this crucial moments pls Njenje brin Chansa onboard
Anonymous
posted: 10:39 pm
Isaac Chansa
Anonymous
posted: 10:40 pm
Where Is Isaac Chansa?
Anonymous
posted: 10:41 pm
We played many draws in a row on the second round and people called us names. This is futball man, it rolls. Now rats fans feel the heat and others started to throw in the towel on the lig. So who's gonna win the lig because Downs already threw in the towel? Let the good team win the lig. Downs waya waya.
Anonymous
posted: 10:42 pm
Let us call 4 Isaac Chansa to be fielded.
kgapane
posted: 10:44 pm
Atteridgeville is a place to celebrate Masandawana.

Rats are crying

Kwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaakwaaaaaaaaaaa
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
Benni McCarthy must never be subbed when goals are needed. Palacios wis making it easy for the chasing pack, he went away with it once......but this time I know he wo'nt be as lucky.

Downs to claim back the Yellow spot for keeps, if ya'll claim Chiefs stand a chance, so does S'Sport.

I guess it's over majita.....phela Santos will never beat Sundowns without parking any form of transport whatsoever and hoping for the best. mh.

Sky's yellowish, na nou.
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
This coach is making a great mistake. This a time 4 Isaac Chansa. No,no,no
Anonymous
posted: 10:44 pm
No need to press the panic buttons,we have points in the bag while others are still have to fight for them.
Vez'ikhanda
posted: 10:46 pm
Ajax ur lekker ding, u made my nyt. I am a happy swai man, by da end of dis wikend da ghosts wl hve made way 4 sundowns at da top n afta tuesday next wik b behind da beautiful birds. Swallows wl tke dis league, finish n klaar. Dnt 4lo me 4lo da birds to da summit of da log standings.
Anonymous
posted: 10:47 pm
Things are not goöd. It's time 4 the experienced Isaac Chansa. Amen
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