Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town were held to an entertaining 1-1 draw against Bidvest Wits in their first-leg MTN8 semi-final clash at a cold and wet Coetzenburg Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Urban Warriors wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard as Toriq Losper latched onto a Prince Nxumalo pass before poking the ball into the back of the net to give the hosts a 1-0 advantage with only ten minutes on the clock.
The goal seemed to spark the game to life as The Students added numbers into their attacks in search of the equalizer but Anssi Jaakkola remained untested. It was, however, Nxumalo who got close to scoring in the 25th minute when a deflected efforted just missed the target.
Wits did manage to get through the Ajax defense in the 35th minute but Thulani Ngcepe overcooked his shot and had to watch it sail over the crossbar.
The second stanza began much like the first but this time Moeneeb Josephs managed to keep out Bantu Mzwakali's early shot at goal.
Roger De Sa's men were looking lively as they sniffed for the cushion goal with Riyaad Norodien posing a threat down the flank. The attacker almost grabbed a goal with a 73rd minute effort that rocked the woodwork.
At the opposite end, Henrico Botes made no mistake as he poked a rebound into an empty net to draw the game level at 1-1 after 76 minutes of play.
Both side tried to find the winner in the dying moments of the game but no real threat was posed on goal and the game ended tied at 1-1.