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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...

Egniz
posted: 09:42 pm
Game in hand FC......The Mighty Amakhosi still lead with 7 points
DONNY WA A][\/][AKH¤SI!!!
posted: 09:42 pm
"There's nothing special about Pierats", said Ndulula.
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Another game, another draw.
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Stupid Rats.
sipzen
posted: 09:42 pm
This Madlisa has no plan B. He is playing street soccer sies
Gold
posted: 09:42 pm
I think FIFA should probe this match for fixing, I mean we know whose presiding at the helm at Gorrila or hao rate Game fc and this isn't far from him, actually its his intellect!

Its proving to be difficult now and some want to win illegally, mxm!

How I love KC, one glamour once said its cold outside Kaizer Chiefs and I say Gold is the only high standard!!!
batistuta9
posted: 09:42 pm
yerr Billiat needs a vuvuzela realy n @ d end of d dy whn Ajax get relegated they wil fire d coach n 4get that it wz Billiat who costed them 3points
Gold & Black Rhino
posted: 09:42 pm
Whether You Like it or Not Roger Di Sa Amasimba weCoach & Khama waisted Many Goals Tonight He must come to Naturena Next Season. The Absa Championship is Going to Naturena. Love & Peace.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 09:43 pm
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach posted: 09:38 pm | Report

Phefeni Boy

u wher spot on abt playas we must watch
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@Nespray

I live,eat,sleep this game of football......I love this game...Sure Bhakajuju
Tobetsa Khosi
posted: 09:43 pm
Khama Billiat what went wrong china??? Meyiwa's Muthi?? anyway next season i want u @ KHOSI Poi. Manyama keep it that way poi soon u also come on board dude.
Khosivic
posted: 09:43 pm
Please PSL give these rats two more games in hand
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 09:43 pm
Ajax should have buried these dogs 8-2.
Olivic-khosi4lyf
posted: 09:43 pm
Ajax shud hv won dis game dey hd de most chances of de game n most of dem fallen 2 khama billiat dis player mssd seven glorias chancs,he mst slaughtr a goat 2 cleanse his bdluck.anyway dey plyd well.khosi seven points clear hahahaha im happy.pirates jst focus on ur african games tp mazembe is on de way
tebotouch
posted: 09:43 pm
khosi by birth tot-tot
posted: 09:34 pm | Report
LoL a game in hand is a point in hand,you
can't compare pie rats with a big team like
kaizer chiefs never,amakhosi aka draw
5games ngokulandelana,I remain as a khosi
fan by birth tot-tot
K4L:let them talk
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Its a shame cause you still have to face that wrathfull attacking line up of ajax.

This is not over for pirates
i still believe.
This league is within the reach .
Champ Double Nostra
posted: 09:43 pm
Chiefs has to win this league klaar!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Lord Vincent
posted: 09:44 pm
Wrong headline. It should read: Ajax held by Bucs. Though we had chances, they had more quality ones and should have burried us. Could it be that we were leaking at the back because Roger replaced Ayanda when he was finally getting it right?

It was a comedy of errors but special mention to Mpho Makola. While growing up in Alex he always had this unique technique and composure and its great to see that he still has it. He is supremely talented and if Roger had a clear rotation policy even with Myeni fit he could have picked up form earlier.

It's tough! It's really really tough!
De-Bull
posted: 09:45 pm
I want Lebogang Manyama and Khama Billiat @ khosi nxt sizn.
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 09:45 pm
But really Khama Billiat how do you miss such chances mara he ?

Hahahahahahahahahahahah.......Chibuku Fc are dead, very dead very dead Chibuku.

Their defence was nowhere. Ajax should have buried these dogs with a cricket score.
The President
posted: 09:45 pm
In Roger Amakhosi trust. Viva Roger Viva.
we beat mazembe
posted: 09:46 pm
maybe thats the effect of being champions.teams that were in the gutters just rise from nowhere and push even harder.pirates needs to dig deeper.now i know why we are better in caf.its because these teams are not aware of the pirates pedigree hence they dont push as hard as psl teams.i tell u we have a better chance of beating mazembe than chippa utd
Nespray is a movie star look alike coach
posted: 09:47 pm
Ramses

i neva went thru the comments b4 i posted, i wasnt surprised that we both posted the same thing, jus that u wher short and to the point.

other bhakaniyas

dont behave like Chiefs fans, we can not call chits and U to order. only fools will believ Ajax shuld hve won by 8-2 while Pirates had 2 goals hitting the goal post courtesy of Chinyama

the closest to scoring is hitting the goal post.
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many pple believe that 2nites game was more entertaining than the so called soweto derby whre our neibas defends wth all they have.

good game by both Ajax and Pirates

weldone Mr ref, mistake wil always be there bcos no one is perfect but i give u 10/10 for this game
Real Champ T'zozo
posted: 09:47 pm
They celebrated our draw against Arrows when we played about 65 minutes of the game with 10 men and where we had a legit goal disallowed. Sies ! Lenyile dimpya ke lona.
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