Brandon Petersen – 6
Couldn’t do much as his defence let him down for the game’s only goal. Did well to deny Thabo Nodada one-on-one, dealing with a number of City attacks and shots with confidence, while producing a fantastic save from a Lakay free-kick late-on.
Sirgio Kammies - 5
Was gifted the ball on a silver platter as he surged his way into the box in Ajax’s best chance of the first half, but dragged his effort wide. Misplaced a number of passes when not under pressure.
Mario Booysen - 5
Showed good strength at times, but should have organised his defence better as Ajax conceded via a set-piece. Grew visibly frustrated as the game wore on.
Soumaila Ouattara - 5
Showed good positioning, and stuck to the basics throughout, but was caught out as Ajax conceded the game’s only goal from a corner.
Mosa Lebusa - 6
Had a busy game keeping Martin in check, and did fairly well against the speedster on most occasions, bar one when the match winner's deft touch left the Ajax captain for dead.
Gerald Takwara - 6
Used his physical presence to good effect in the early stages of the first, but a circumspect yellow card after a challenge on Teko Modise, followed by a needless tug on Victor Obinna soon after saw the Zimbabwean head to the change room for an early shower in the first half.
Tercious Malepe - 5
Took a shot at goal when he should have passed in one of Ajax’s very few chances in front of goal. Was outclassed in the centre of the park by the opposition’s central midfielders.
Ndiviwe Mdabuka - 5
Failed to make the most of a headed effort 20 minutes in, and put himself under pressure by earning a yellow card for a tackle on Modise. Overall, a very quiet game, as he failed to create enough in the more advanced positions.
Tashreeq Morris - 6
Drilled in a tame free-kick in the first half, and despite getting stuck in and shying away with a number of tackles, lacked the quality in the final third to trouble City’s back-line.
Samuel Julies - 5
Despite being lively and full of running, he lacked purpose in his forward movements, while his free-kick delivery half an hour into the game was poor as it evaded all his teammates. Still settling in, but knows he needs to improve.
Tendai Ndoro - 5
Was isolated upfront, often dropping deep to collect the ball. Was kept under lock and key by Taariq Fielies, and with not much to work with, failed to trouble the opposition goalkeeper.
Fagrie Lakay - 6
Got into the thick of the action straight away after being introduced early in the second half with a shot on goal that Dove cleared, and won a corner soon after. At times it looked like he was trying too hard.
Yagan Sasman - 6
Came on at a difficult time when his team was under pressure with ten-men, but held his own and stuck to basics with a few good touches and good positioning to ensure City didn’t extend their lead.