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Posted: 17 September 2013 Time: 19:01

Cuthbert Malajila netted with 10 minutes to go to ensure a thrilling 2-2 draw for Mamelodi Sundowns against Ajax at the Cape Town Stadium.

After a goalless first half, Bongani Zungu gave the Brazilians the lead, but Ajax levelled and went ahead through Keegan Dolly and a Lebohang Manyama penalty before the Zimbabwean's late strike.

Ajax started with two debutants in the form of Ritus Krjauklis and Bantu Mzwakali, as well as Eleazar Rodgers, who is on loan from Chloorkop, while Khama Billiat was back in Cape Town for the first time since leaving the Urban Warriors during the transfer window.

It was a nervy start to the match for the Sundowns back-four, with Kennedy Mweene forced into a smart save early on after Rodgers latched onto Manyama’s cross.

On nine minutes Rodgers beat the goalkeeper to the ball, but his cross into box was well dealt with by Bryce Moon.

The Brazilians had their first shot at goal shortly afterwards when Dove Wome fired over from 25 yards, before a poor touch by Billiat denied him a shot on target after great work down the left by Punch Masenamela, who was making his first start after a six-month injury lay-off.

Ajax had a great chance midway through the first half when a deflected cross found its to an unmarked Ernesto. However, rather than hitting it first time he tried to bring it down, allowing the defence to close him down.

Downs had their first shot on target in the 36th minute when Malajila played in Billiat, who shot straight at Brendon Peterson, and five minutes later Ajax came closest to breaking the deadlock – Mzwakali’s free-kick hitting the crossbar.

Dolly had another shot in injury-time, but Mweene gathered at the second attempt.

The second half started at a frantic pace and in five minutes we saw two goals and another shot hit the woodwork.

First Zungu broke the deadlock on 52 minutes when Dominic Isaacs’ clearing header fell at his feet; the youngster showing great composure to shoot across Peterson and into the back of the net.

But just five minutes later Ajax were level thanks to some Dolly magic and poor judgement from Mweene. Sumaila gave the ball away cheaply on the edge of the box and Dolly, rather than crossing, smashed a shot from an audacious angle which beat the keeper at his near-post.

Billiat then hit the post a minute later from 10 yards out from Bryce Moon’s pinpoint cross, but it was the hosts to score next, albeit controversially.

Nathan Paulse went down under Alje Schut’s challenge, despite replays showing a clear dive from the striker. Manyama made no mistake with the spot-kick, blasting it straight down the middle.

Substitute Katlego Mashego made an immediate impact after coming on – first forcing Peterson into a save from a free-kick and then seeing the keeper parry his snapshot from distance.

From the resulting corner though, Sundowns did equalise. Malajila’s initial header hit the crossbar and Zungu’s follow-up effort was brilliantly saved, but the Zimbabwean striker got up to sweep home the rebound.

Billiat almost gave his new side the lead moments later when some great skill saw him beat a defender before curling a shot which rattled the crossbar, while at the other end Manyama fired well wide when in a good position.

In the frantic dying minutes, Hlompo Kekana flashed a free-kick inches wide, Malajila failed to connect with Richard Henyekane’s cross-cum-shot, and Manyama had an effort tipped wide but, despite their best efforts, this exciting game would not have a winner.

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Livefyre comments on this story...

UniMaunatlala
posted: 2013-09-18 05:10:18

I am not a big fan of Sundowns-Ajax fixture but the morning after they played I'l always wish if  I watched the game.I dont know how but I found myself glued to a goal-less result match...mxm .*pissed Pirates fan*

Solve4X
posted: 2013-09-18 05:20:55

So I'm guessing downs have killed da killer?

Mavisto DOWNS Up
posted: 2013-09-18 05:33:14

Its amazing that there are still fools who are questioning Sundowns about foreigners, how many times should we explain this issue? On another note Sundowns is not SAFA's development team, it is a private business owned by President Motsepe and obvious with the input of the YELLOW supporters unlike family business fc or harmony fc. If you need players for your bafunny bazebras go to nazoorena.

bucs4PG
posted: 2013-09-18 05:45:21

What does bucs hv 2 do with sundunusa draw?

Smtyms d sundunusa fans talk kak

Pls leave bucs alone. Nd do what u do best whch is ukdunusa period haha

Dz nothin special abt ur team nd again ds czn u won't b in a top 8

KING?
posted: 2013-09-18 05:52:50

Keep dropping points while the Mighty focuses on the CL 

sundownskby
posted: 2013-09-18 06:05:30

GOOD GAME BILLIAT IS TIME TO START PULLING YOUR SOCKS MY BRA, TIME IS MONEY U A A PRO PLAYER.

ANYWAY GOOD GAME GUYS, I SAW THIS AJAX AGAIST WITS, I KNEW IT WAS NOT GOING TO BE AN EASY GAME.

KBY 4 LIFE.

sundownskby
posted: 2013-09-18 06:06:26

AND WE KNOW WHO ARE THEY.

KBY 4 LIFE.

KING?
posted: 2013-09-18 06:09:46

Mavisto DOWNS Up dont be bothered, Sundowns must do anything that's right for the team to succeed but they must n't forget that 6 points must be donated to Orlando Pirates with Mbuyane heading the campaign. 

Sundowns vs Pirates has become a more exciting game that the Soweto derby

Kickoff BloggerLePirates
posted: 2013-09-18 06:14:57

mmm Pitso with such quality Mphela on the 90th minute  substitution I need to join Bucs come January

Champ of Champ
posted: 2013-09-18 06:40:39

one point  a way from home  against Ajax is better many team will go dr and loss. look 3points at Celtic home where is very difficult to play dr and win, Chiefs managed a draw dr and OP can also drop points dr as well as dy struggle alot dr previous

Mavisto DOWNS Up
posted: 2013-09-18 06:41:31

Those days of donating points to Pirates are over bhakaniya forget.

K bhaka
posted: 2013-09-18 06:41:49

Mavisto DOWNS Up you are right and also you disapoint me,yes sundowns is a private business not a family one,however you have players that must be representing the country and they dont cos they are always on the bench,the likes of Mphela and Henyekane,and no team will ever develop players for bafana,chips bought those players when they were already bafana players now they talk as if they developed them,this things are really clueless yaz 

K.I.C (Khosiologyst)
posted: 2013-09-18 06:48:58

Sundowns did everything possible to win. THEY WERE ROBBED PERIOD. There was no PENALTY there.


Lankis
posted: 2013-09-18 07:01:46

Rashid Sumalia

Cuthberth Malajila

Khama billiat

Dove Woma

Alje Schutt

Kennedy Muwene

This is not good for South African Football 6 foreigners one starting lineup.

Lankis
posted: 2013-09-18 07:04:05

Mavisto DOWNS Up It is questionable if it starts with 6 foreigners in one match

Lankis
posted: 2013-09-18 07:07:27

ZipZap Even Alje Schut but the are non south african this is not going to help our national team

Mangaliso
posted: 2013-09-18 07:08:24

@LANKIS YOU ARE ALSO A FOREIGNER BITCH SHUT UP AND LEAVE DOWNS BUSINESS TO DOWNS

Ms Itu.Bucs@Mams
posted: 2013-09-18 07:11:33

Nietzsche  deal with ur lousy draw and leave my team the hell alone !!

Mavisto DOWNS Up
posted: 2013-09-18 07:27:48

That's how it is when your game is officiated by Lwandile Mfiki

deleted_21347233_ndlovuns
posted: 2013-09-18 07:35:01

Hands off my beloved Sundowns. Pirates have zero points so far and they have guts to talk too much. On Sunday they will be booted out of ACL and on Tuesdays the Zebras will come to them gun blazing and be booted out of MTN 8. Polokwane FC will give them a 1-1 draw tonight.

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