Ajax get one over SuperSport


Prince Nxumalo netted the decider with 16 minutes to go after Kingston Nkhatha cancelled out Tashreeq Morris's opener for Ajax in the first half at Lucas Moripe Stadium.

Victory lifted the Urban Warriors nine points clear of the relegation zone and into eighth spot on the Absa Premiership table, while Matsatsantsa slipped to 13th.

New United coach Stuart Baxter has shaken things up come set-piece time and his methods almost reaped success on 19 minutes, with Nkhatha firing over from the edge of the area.

Ajax themselves had a trick up their sleeve from dead-ball situations and opened the scoring three minutes later from a corner-kick, Morris heading home in what was his first start of the season following a lengthy injury lay-off.

SuperSport ended the half on the front foot and after Dove Wome and Jeremy Brockie forced Anssi Jaakkola into successive saves, Nkhatha rattled home the equaliser in great style.

The Zimbabwe striker, rejuvenated by the arrival of Baxter, hit a powerful volley past the Ajax stopper from a tight angle on the stroke of half-time.

Losper restored the visitors’ lead 10 minutes into the second stanza, the hard-working forward squeezing his low shot past Ronwen Williams at his near post.

Nxumalo nudged the Urban Warriors further ahead in the latter stages with United unable to find a way back. The former Matsatsantsa striker beat the offside trap, running onto a precise through-ball from Losper before guiding the ball into the back of the net.