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PSL match report: Ajax Cape Town draw with Orlando Pirates

Posted: 10 April 2013 Time: 21:31

Orlando Pirates dropped valuable points in the race for the title, drawing 2-2 with Ajax Cape Town on Wednesday.

Abia Nale opened the scoring, but goals from Takesure Chinyama and Mpho Makola meant that Ajax needed an equaliser by Toriq Losper earn a share of the points.

The Urban Warriors were looking to draw inspiration from their 4-2 win over Free State Stars on Sunday, and Jan Versleijen certainly went on the offensive, starting with an attacking trio of Abia Nale, Khama Billiat and Lebogang Manyama.

All three had found the back of the net against the Ea Lla Koto and were looking to do the same against Pirates.

Lucky Lekgwathi made his 300th start for the visitors, but it was an inauspicious start to his milestone match, as both teams barely had time to settle before Senzo Meyiwa was picking the ball out of the back of the net.

Andile Jali, who was in doubt for the fixture, gave away possession in the middle of the park, and the ball fell to Billiat, who supplied a through ball to Nale. The Kaizer Chiefs loanee slotted it past Mewiya in the seventh minute.

Pirates then had the perfect opportunity to draw level through Thabo Matlaba, who had just the keeper to beat, but he skied his effort over the crossbar.

Lekgwathi nearly turned the ball into the back of his own net, in the 20th minute, when he intercepted Billiat’s cross into the box, but fortunately for him it went wide.

Ajax’s magic continued in the 40th minute, when their attacking trio played some great passing football. Manyama sent in a cross, from Billiat’s pass, towards Nale, who made a great run into the box before unleashing a shot which stung Meyiwa’s palms.

Ajax should have extended their lead a minute after the interval when Billiat went one on one with the keeper, but he panicked and rounded the crossbar.

Pirates then drew level in the 49th minute, when Chinyama left Sander Westerveld flatfooted in goal and nodded home a cross.

Bucs claimed the lead four minutes later, when substitute Makola cracked home a rebounded ball.

It was do or die for Ajax and they opted for the former when they responded with a goal, on the hour mark, when Losper received a ball from Manyama and beat his marker to tap home from six yards out.

An opportunity to close the game fell to Billiat once again, when he and Manyama combined beautifully around the box, but like most of his efforts on the night it was wide.

Previous comments on this story...

Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 09:38 pm
Chinyama ashisa amateki chisanyama, 2 goals prevented by the devils of this life hitting the goal post. u showed that your better than Mbesuma

Makula should play more

the only playa i blame is Okonkwo, he must go back to Nigeria

the galaxy played well today, its the first time in months i dont feel a thing even though the results did not go our way

if we maintain our perfomance, and fix 1 or 2 things at the back, TP Mazembe will feel our wrath

the less i say abt the pitch the better, Ajax must be fined

goodwork by Mr refereeee
.........................................

Phefeni Boy

u wher spot on abt playas we must watch
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 09:38 pm
Luckiest team in the world = Drawlando Pierats.

K4L : let's hear
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:38 pm
When they look up!....They still see Majoro's balls
msentizo85
posted: 09:38 pm
Ay ds pie-rats are a joke!kwaaaaaaaaaa
Arsenic khosi 'The Black Jesus'
posted: 09:38 pm
We shud say..."Ajax held by Bucs".....i lyk it for the 5 skippaz nd 5 draws (Points in hand,better than game in hand) #Glory 2 Naturena#
tebotouch
posted: 09:38 pm
What a game by the Urban Warriors
Khama Billiat.......7 clear cut chances down
the drain.......
Mokeke......this boy is the future....coll calm
and collected....
Lebo Manyama.....What a game he
had.....missed 3 clear cut chances....
Abia Nale......1 goal ....I told you Gorillas
Andile Jali made to look like a school boy by
Billiat Khamaidihno
Pirates.....Akuna Bantu La
Ajax could have won by 10 goals
..............
1may you have date with them @ cape.
Again i dont see you zebras picking maximum points

ajax is in a mean mood. Damn what an escape by my team . I'm satisified with this undeserved point really.
khosielihle
posted: 09:38 pm
DANKIE ROGER DLISA

K4L
we beat mazembe
posted: 09:38 pm
i dont know what to say
Mngcwabo
posted: 09:38 pm
Game in hand wasted ha ha ha ha kuphikhona, Billiat should have wrapped it up in the 1st half but his selfishness helped Game in Hand FC. Rise Khosi Rise.
2012/2013 champs khosi by birth tot-tot
posted: 09:39 pm
Draw in hand,thanx. Ajax u've made me proud once again wemabhakazeze kwenzenjani ro ba dlisa kwenze njani lol lol
1 kaizer chiefs 52(reclaiming the glory)
2 platinum stars 45(game in hand)
3 pie city 45 (game in hand)

K4L: let them talk
Young Plato The Big Chief
posted: 09:39 pm
Another draw for the gorillaz,that makes it 5 games without a win & yet they say they gonnavwin the league.

Lets hear gorillaz,what you gotta say about that?
mbangwanesburg
posted: 09:39 pm
Pirates I told u to say. Igweeee
Champ stunner! (akula 2nd star ezothathwa lah)
posted: 09:39 pm
who was saying rats will catch mighty Khosi mxm
Sgoloza82 *Golden Champ*
posted: 09:39 pm
What da hell dd Rats cows drink 2day, falling all over da place lyk dat??
gotze p2
posted: 09:40 pm
kodwa billiat ay got a feeling he was deliberately missing those chances hahaha
ddddd they face fss next. Game in hand r not gurranteed 3points.....

Washo mfana phefeni wathi akuna bantu la
Sir Dafuncky RTG
posted: 09:41 pm
Khama sold the game to Games In Hand FC
CJB Ramses III
posted: 09:41 pm
I long since relinquished fantasies about the league.... now I'm only fantasizing about Mazembe and that bomber jacket.... Where can we get that Adidas thing Mara heh...?? eish such style, Adidas does it again...
Champions League 2nd Star (Back-To-Back Double Treble Success)
posted: 09:41 pm
To be honest Pirates is pathetic this days,,, no fighting spirit, losing the ball easily and playing like amateurs..!

There is no league Mabakaniya, forget it..!
Champ Lucho
posted: 09:41 pm
Can Sangweni be rested now, clearly the guy is still struggling. If Khama Billiat was @ his best he could have scored 8 goals thanks 2 Sangweni. Manyama had 3 clear chances thanks 2 Sangweni. This rats were jst lucky 2nyt.
mgash
posted: 09:42 pm
This is the song by TEARATS "DRAW" ( teargas, chance),

"if i had another game in hand,
elin'yi draw, elinyi draw,
if i had another game in hand,
another draw ndiyak'tshela mpintshiyam"
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