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Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town draw in MTN8 semifinal

Posted: 20 August 2011 Time: 22:10

Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town drew 0-0 in the first leg of the MTN8 semifinals at the FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

In a tense and conservative match, few chances were created and the teams looked content to settle for a goalless draw, leaving next week’s second leg in Cape Town as the decisive encounter of the tie.

Neither team was really able to take control in any meaningful way or create genuine scoring chances in the first half.

Ajax had perhaps the best opportunity in the 27th minute when Lebogang Manyama picked out Khama Billiat with a cross, but the Zimbabwean attacker could only help the ball in to the arms of Itumeleng Khune.

Chiefs’ best attack saw overlapping fullback Jimmy Tau hit the outside of the near post with a deflected cross from the by-line on 31 minutes, but Ajax ‘keeper Sean Roberts would have had the effort covered if it had been on target.

The second half followed a similar pattern to the first, though Chiefs did have one spell where they looked like they were going to break the deadlock and take control of the tie.

The introduction of winger Mandla Masango just past the hour mark was the inspiration behind their improvement, and the 22-year-old had the best chance of game on 72 minutes, springing free down the right before beating Roberts with a shot, but Man of the Match Nazeer Allie clear the effort off the goal line.

Ajax had two great chances in the remainder of the match, with Manyama and Billiat each having a good opportunity in the closing stages, but the former was denied by Khune while the latter drove his effort into the side netting.

Previous comments on this story...

Anonymous
posted: 06:33 pm
if bekuya with a few people I know ngabe iAjax is already in the final and thier team is also in the Final...The final I predict will be between Downs vs Chiefs and Chiefs has work to do in Kaapstad but sundowns has the easiest of Jobs to do...score 1 goal and it game over for some people but ke knowing that our SA teams are inconsistent the final will surely be between AJAX/CHIEFS vs PIRATES/SUNDOWNS and as much as it hurts for other people its true that anyone who is in the top 4 can still win it. Billiat what a player.
GENERAL NDEBELE
posted: 10:04 am
BALOYI IS JUST A WASTE.....WASTE.......WASTE...HE DESTROY OUR TEAM MENTALITY WHEN ITS COME TO ATTACKING... REALY WE CAN'T SCORE AGAINST 11 MEN OF STRONG SQUAD LIKE AJAX WHEREAS WE ARE 10... BALOYI IS A WASTE... MASANGO GOT A POTENTIAL. HE CAN'T PLAY WITHOUT A PLAYMAKER OF WHICH ITS SUPPOSE TO BE BALOYI. PEOPLE JUST OPEN YOUR EYES WIDER.. PLAYMAKER IS CRITICAL POSITION IN FOOTBALL FIELD, WE CAN'T JUST LET ANYONE PLAYS IT. VV IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS WASTEFUL FOOTBALL CHIEFS PLAYS..
g_mtonga
posted: 10:47 am
You know some people never cease to amaze me. I do not understand why these Pirates supporters are so concerned about Chiefs playing a goal less draw with Ajax. If I were you I would be more concerned with what the next leg has in store for you. I mean Sundowns scored two away goals against you. Mark my words this MTN 8 final is going to contested by Chiefs and Sundowns. There is no way you are going to come back from Tshwane. Your noise stops here. Good riddance.
Van Basten
posted: 04:08 pm
Being a neutral over the weekend since I support Cosmos,I must say the game between Bucs v/s Downs was the best.The one between Chiefs v/s Ajax,fans were sold a dud and robbed of their hard earned entrance fee.no goals 90 minutes,what the f@#%^&
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