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Nedbank Cup last-32 match report Ajax Cape Town 0 Mamelodi Sundowns 1

Posted: 21 February 2014 Time: 19:28

Mamelodi Sundowns advanced to the last-16 of the Nedbank Cup following a 1-0 victory over 10-man Ajax Cape Town in the Mother City on Friday night. 

The Brazilians deservedly progressed thanks to a stunning 60th minute strike from substitute Rodney Ramagalela.

Ajax, who lost 3-2 to Sundowns in the Premiership last weekend, had their captain Dominic Isaacs sent off in the dying stages of the tie on his return from suspension. 

In an open contest, Downs suffered a setback seven minutes in, as Bafana Bafana striker Katlego Mashego strained his groin when shooting and had to be replaced by Ramagalela. 

The visitors, though, still had the better of the play, with ex-Urban Warrior Khama Billiat thundering a volley over from inside the area, while Teko Modise nearly scored with an attempted cross from the right, but Ajax goalkeeper Brandon Petersen did well to tip the effort over in the 30th minute.

Soon after, the 19-year-old Petersen dropped down smartly to keep out a dipping shot from lanky Liberian Anthony Laffor, who was promoted to the starting lineup in the place of midfield enforcer Hlompho Kekana.

Modise had another chance just before the interval, but he skied his attempt narrowly over after latching onto a Bongani Zungu headed flick-on in the box.

The home side showed greater intensity after the recess. However, they were knocked back when Ramagalela released an unstoppable first-time shot into the top corner with the outside of his boot from 20 yards, with Billiat providing the assist.

Ajax were further hampered when former skipper Granwald Scott was stretchered off in the 65th minute following a heavy clash of heads with Ramagalela, prompting the introduction of Cole Alexander.

Roger de Sa's men continued to fight for a way back but were ultimately unable to breach a miserly Downs defensive unit, with Isaacs getting dismissed for a second bookable offence in the final minute.

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-02-22 07:54:21

sam_sundawana  Dove Wome for Billiat and Pelembe for Zungu, thats why we have depth

posted: 2014-02-22 08:08:57

Some of the cards were questionable though. I'm no Downs fan, but cards to Goalkeeper and Laffor were strange.

The ref was so poor, even penalizing players who were victims of rough play.... At some point De Sa just laughed

posted: 2014-02-22 08:15:41

The sky is the limit,haters go to the nearest bush n release yourself.

posted: 2014-02-22 08:30:48

Sandilands, Moon, Masenamela,Ntethe, Schut, Kekana,Modise, Wome, Mashaba,Pelembe, Laffour or Ramagalela this is still a good side, KBY!!!

posted: 2014-02-22 08:32:23

Motsepe is rich finish n klaar....

posted: 2014-02-22 08:52:43

Chiefs is the limit!!!

posted: 2014-02-22 10:11:14


posted: 2014-02-22 17:25:34

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)  Ndingumxhosa ndoda, ungaphazami. Ukuba against iXenophobia does not make me 'un-South African'. I am patriotic, so Bafana Bafana, yeah I follow the boys through good and bad times. 

PSL and SAFA would never ever allow south african youth to be in jeopardy. That is why they are there. There is the FOREIGN QUOTA rule or law or whatever you call it. So we can have up to 300 foreign players, its all good as long as rules are not broken. 

The up and coming youngstars need to work very hard, the stakes are high all over the world, we cannot be in a position where we are trying to lower standards for youngstars sake. If we do that, we will cherish them as the best players but they will never ever make it overseas, if they do, it will be either Thailand or Sri Lanka.

Into endigayithandanga ngawe mfo kabawo kukusuka usebenzise eli gama lithi 'kwerekwere' on a sports website. That word is just out of place in sports. Dino ndlovu suffered racial abuse abroad, thats uncool.

posted: 2014-02-22 17:29:15

khozatin metalwolf Beerginner  That says it all, magogo

La Coste (Khosi by Birth)
posted: 2014-02-22 18:34:29

Point taken ndoda, please do not commit suicide.

Big Caz
posted: 2014-02-23 13:34:46

SR4 The Zebras also wished their own team to lose against Ajax a few seasons ago when Pirates won the league.

posted: 2014-02-24 07:47:19

GTM10 Goodwill no

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