Musa Bilankulu reflects on Golden Arrows' rout of Ajax Cape Town in 2009 MTN8 final
Posted: 10 October 2017 Time: 12:08
Golden Arrows put on one of the finest performances you’ll ever see in a cup final when they hammered Ajax Cape Town 6-0 in the MTN8 decider at Orlando Stadium in 2009.
Ajax went into the game without coach Muhsin Ertugral, who left them not long before the final, so Arrows took advantage of an Urban Warriors side that struggled mentally on the night.
Musa Bilankulu, who scored the winner in Arrows’ quarterfinal clash against Free State Stars to kick-start the competition for the KZN outfit, remembers how they humiliated Ajax to win their one and only trophy in top flight football.
Arrows had a problematic attack featuring the likes of Njabulo Manqana, Nhlanhla Zothwane, Thokozani Mshengu and the late Richard Henyekane, who were all on the scoresheet on that historic night, while Ajax’s Deniss Ivanovs scored an own goal.
“It’s every dream to be in a final and win a trophy. It was a historial moment for the team and it was our first final. We managed to win, not just win, but by a big margin and we did not concede. It was a great achievement for the team,” Bilankulu said.
“We used the advantage that Muhsin had resigned a week before the final. It was a plus for us. But it could have been a plus for them because they could have wanted to show the coach, but we were just clinical.”
Bilankulu says coach Manqoba Mngqithi, who is now assistant coach at Mamelodi Sundowns, had a good plan to use Manqana in the number 10 role to unsettle the Urban Warriors defence.
“Coach Manqoba changed the personnel. Njabulo used to play on the right wing, but on the day he used him as a number 10 because of the skill and pace he possessed. He played an intergral part in most of the goals and got himself on the scoresheet.
“The coach Manqoba had a plan because he understood the attack we had and the type of defence Ajax had. I would not say it was a surprise that we scored so many goals because it’s what he planned. He said ‘if he break like this, then we can score more goals’. We could have even scored more.”