Ajax, Sundowns in stalemate
Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns couldn’t produce the goods in front of goals at Cape Town Stadium to see their exciting Absa Premiership match end 0-0.
The nerves the between the two sides were evident as they got off to a cautious start, which saw Eleazar Rodgers make the first effort at goal with a header in the 7th minute, but it was easy pickings for Sander Westerveld.
After the first quarter of the game the pace started to pick up and it was Toriq Losper who was conducting play beautifully for Urban Warriors.
The midfielder took a shot in the 24th minute before creating some good interlinking player with Khama Billiat and Grandwald Scott minutes later, which saw Scott’s effort just finger tipped around the post.
The fans thought Sundowns had found the back of the net when Rodgers got a slight touch to the ball with his head but it flickered past the near post on the half hour.
Westerveld caused a stir in the 37th minute when he fumbled Teko Modise’s shot at goal to fall straight into the midfielder’s path but it was fortunately saved by Nazeer Allie who kicked the ball out.
The keepers’ blushes were saved in the 49th minute, when the upright prevented him from conceding an embarrassing goal from a low Manqele shot which rolled under Westerveld’s body.
The game started to gain momentum for Ajax and they nearly took the lead when Lebogang Manyama found the back of the net only for it to be blown offside in the 57th minute.
Grobler missed a chance to break the deadlock when his volley, just inside the box, went wide at the post after just having to beat Sandilands, 63 minutes in.
Nyasha Mushekwi replaced Anthony Laffor up front in order to help bring some spark into the front line for the remaining ten minutes of play, while substitute Alcardo van Graan tried to stir things up for Ajax with a low effort at goal, five minutes later.
Despite each side’s last minute efforts at goal neither side could produce the goods for a late winner to see them finish on par.