Maritzburg hold on against Ajax CT


Deolin Mekoa looked to work something for the Team of Choice in the opening two minutes but could only fire a shot harmlessly over the crossbar, while Denis Weidlich followed suit a few minutes later, this time hammering wide to the right.

Mark Mayambela then went in search of a response for Ajax and almost found one midway through the second-half, only to see his rasping drive fizz only inches off target.

Rodrick Kabwe then managed to finally test Virgil Vries with a shot after 28 minutes but the Maritzburg goalkeeper remained untroubled as he made a comfortable save, while at the other end Evans Rusike put his effort just wide of the post.

With just seven minutes of the first-half remaining, though, Maritzburg got their goal, Andrea Fileccia opening his account for the club with a smart side-footed effort.

A tame start to the second-half finally burst into life after 58 minutes as Ajax goalkeeper Jody February needed to be at his best to keep out an excellent free-kick as Martizburg went in search of a second goal.

The Team of Choice would eventually double their lead with 65 minutes gone, Brian Onyango heading home past the keeper from Mekoa’s corner.

Ajax finally managed to pull a goal back with seven minutes remaining as Thabo Mosadi’s corner found Aubrey Funga, who made no mistake to head home and hand the visitors a glimmer of hope.

Kurt Lentjies then twice threatened in the closing stages, first seeing his effort neatly saved by the keeper, before rifling a shot wide a few moments later.