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Sundowns halt Ajax’s title charge

Posted: 30 April 2008 Time: 21:07

Mamelodi Sundowns have continued their excellent domestic form with a convincing 2-0 victory over title-chasing Ajax Cape Town at the Super Stadium on Wednesday night.

First-half goals from Josta Dladla and Lerato Chabangu sealed the three points for Sundowns, who move up to fourth in the table, while Ajax drop down to second, one point behind Supersport United and three ahead of Santos, with three games to go.

Dikilu Bageta’s slip from Chabangu’s hopeful through-ball on 17 minutes allowed Dladla to get behind the Ajax defence and he easily slipped the ball through the legs of the exposed Morgan Cathey in the visitors’ goal to give Sundowns the lead.

Giant Malawian Russel Mwafulirwa had the Urban Warriors best chance in the first half, but he headed over from six yards out.

The second goal for the home side came on 38 minutes when a static Ajax defence allowed Chabangu to latch onto Dladla’s cross and coolly slot the ball home first-time from 16 yards.

A magnificent 30-yard swerving effort from Esrom Nyandoro forced an equally spectacular save from Cathey just after halftime as Sundowns pushed for a third and Ajax threatened to wilt under the pressure.

Brent Carelse should have scored that third soon afterwards as he found acres of space in the Ajax penalty-area, but couldn’t punish his former side and eventually shot over.

The visitors lacked an attacking threat without the suspended Nathan Paulse and Mkhanyiseli Siwahla, as well as marauding wingback Brice Moon, and instead had to endure wave after wave of Sundowns attacks.

Carelse just failed to connect with a low cross just before the hour-mark, while at the other end Granwald Scott forced a good save from Brian Baloyi in a rare chance for Ajax.

More excellent play between Moriri and Chabangu saw the latter strike from the edge of the area, but his shot was too close to Cathey.

Dominic Isaacs performed heroics on the line two minutes from time when he saved Manqoba Ngwenya’s shot with his chest with Cathey beaten.

But by then the points were secured for the home side and they can now look forward to a Nedbank Cup semifinal with AmaZulu on Sunday, while Ajax will face Usuthu as well in their next League match on May 7.

Previous comments on this story...

posted: 09:13 pm
Halala Bafana ba Style Halala!!!!!!! What you need to do guys is to win all your games and the rest is history!!!
posted: 09:42 pm
Warrraaa Masandawana wara, bafikile afana ba style. Our Target is 50 points and anything can happen. Uzowuzwa umoya!!!!
posted: 09:46 pm
Super What ???? Super Stadium of Pain, The Real Slaughter House of Giants. Maybe Downs May Still contest For The League If We Play All Our Games In Attrigdge Ville, What Do you Think Guys ??

Ayeye Al Hilal in Two Weeks Time Ayeye..... Wrong Team At The Wrong Stadium, Bazozwa 'ngathi Bayasha Kanti they're already in ashes to ashes.....

Shapa Bafana Ba'Style Shapa!!!!!

Proudly Brazilian
posted: 09:49 pm
I mean like no one can sundowns @ the moment, they rock, baya shaya ba shapa, va ba, va dlaya, watch out makhosikazi of dis world .
posted: 09:52 pm
Reeze: i lyk ur comment madala, hola .
posted: 10:10 pm
Ohhh sawina, ohhh sawina, awuwinanga wena, he he, wuhhh hayi ngeke
posted: 10:25 pm
Someone said earlier that Sundowns supporters use internet at school... where is he now? is the computer lab locked??? I'm enjoying Downs victory, while my other team (Chelsea) just scored a penalty after having a goal disallowed...again where are the loudmouth school kids???
posted: 10:26 pm
All we can say is...........Bafana ba-style....These guys have class it has been proven...They can call us all names..sunflowers etc but hey we have proven that we are championship material
posted: 10:56 pm
posted: 11:32 pm
Some foolish fans who support a stupid team said sundowns have been winning by luck!!! And what do you call winning 5 consecutive league games? Sies to those who hate us but we seem to be going up like the petrol price and interest rates and we are a thorn in other people's flesh like load-shedding!!! The question now is who is gonna stop us in the league? Well done my boys
posted: 07:31 am
Hey Nina

I was there yesterday and my Chips and Pie (Rats) friends wanted to kill me as I told them that Sundowns is unbeatable at home and the score is 4-1 to them only to find it 2-0 (not bad). But stop talking now as we are in the top 4 position hehehehehehehehehehehehe. Halala masandawana halala. Where is my friend SADDAM. please talk to me.
posted: 08:25 am
On may 7 we will beat jomo cosmos to move to 3rd position and mathematically secure a top 8 spot while some big teams will still be fighting 4 a spot. I wish sundowns would win the nedbank cup and amazulu win the R6million as their owner is in financial troubles. Up the sky. The style is our benchmark
posted: 08:27 am
On may 7 we will beat jomo cosmos to move to 3rd position and mathematically secure a top 8 spot while some big teams will still be fighting 4 a spot. I wish sundowns would win the nedbank cup and amazulu win the R6million as their owner is in financial troubles. I hear Real Madrid wanna test its strength against us. Wow i see some people getting jealous, shame next on the line is Chelsea!!! Up the sky. The style is our benchmark.
Coach Mohammed Kiwanuka (076333227)
posted: 09:25 am
I said that Sundowns should find no trouble taming the Urban Worriors and how right I was.
This is what is expected of such a high calibre group of player at Sundowns. Hope they can continue this way because we are tired of boring football.
Ajax needs another 4years to win the PSL.
Mark my words.
posted: 10:25 am
COngratulations boys, you make us proud. If only Gordon was fired earlier...
posted: 11:04 am
now trott is good bec the performance already raised up by downs and i proud of downs sky is the limit
posted: 11:10 am
Blogstone: 2008-04-30 22:28

Usuthu...forget about the Nedbank Cup...your most important game is on the 7th against Ajax...

We'll beat them 4 - 0 on Sunday. Congrats Chips but sorry Pie (Rats)try again later.
posted: 11:29 am
The underdogs in Usuthu will silence the sunflowers in their next Nedbank Cup game.
Thaba wena Trott while the players still like you.
posted: 11:34 am
I still iterate: The League Title belongs in Tshwane!
posted: 12:06 pm
I mean like no one can match sundowns style of play, ke yona yona, dis week we will hammer amazulu, once a sky, u'll always happy, once pirates always a looser, once chifs always a complainer .
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