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Harry Gwala
11/05/2013 15:00

Khenyeza fires Ajax closer to safety

Posted: 11 May 2013 Time: 17:01

Mabhuti Khenyeza scored as Ajax Cape Town moved ever nearer to Premiership safety following a 1-1 draw against Maritzburg United on Saturday afternoon.

Orlando Smeekes had given the home side the lead on the half-hour mark before Khenyeza netted on 63 minutes.

Smeekes had the first chance of the match in the eight minute when he connected with a cross from Ruben Cloete, only to send his header over the crossbar.

However, he made no mistake in the 29th minute as he lofted the ball over Sander Westerveld from inside the box after he was set up by a good pass from Cuthbert Malajila.

Shuaib Walters made two saves after the half-hour mark, holding on to a shot from Khenyeza in the 31st minute, before saving another effort from Thato Mokeke a minute later.

The Maritzburg United goalkeeper then pulled of a great save on the stroke of half-time to turn Khama Billiat’s stinging shot around the post to protect the 1-0 lead going into the break.

Smeekes could have grabbed his brace three minutes after the restart following an error from Matthew Booth, but this time he fired his shot straight at Westerveld, before Malajila headed wide in the 54th minute.

The Urban Warriors leveled matters in the 65th minute when Lebogang Manyama unleashed a powerful shot which Walters could only parry into the path of Khenyeza, who was then able to tap the ball home.

Terrance Mandaza came close to stealing maximum points for his side in the 77th minute, but the Zimbabwean striker fired wide of the target following a surging run through the Ajax defence.

Chippa United levelled in the 90th minute to draw 2-2 with AmaTuks to deny the Urban Warriors safety.


Ajax can still be automatically relegated should they lose their final game, and Leopards and Chippa win theirs.

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