Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town came from behind
to secure a 1-1 draw against Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership clash at Cape
Town Stadium on Saturday.
Having dominated the opening
45, the Amakhosi took the lead through Edward Manqele five minutes after the
hour, but the hosts hit back through the in-from Nathan Paulse as the game
ended all square.
The result moves Chiefs up to
fourth, Ajax remain sixth.
Eager to make amends for their
MTN8 final defeat to the same opposition, Chiefs applied all the early
Head coach Steve Komphela made
several changes to the side that went down to the Urban Warriors in Port
Elizabeth and two of those changes, Edward Manqele and Camaldine Abraw combined
for the first chance of the match on 15 minutes.
Manqele's low cross finding
fellow former Free State Stars forward Abraw who would've scored were it not
for a superb reflex save by Anssi Jaakkola.
The Finnish goalkeeper has been
in great nick for Ajax and had to be at his best in the opening half-hour as
the Amakhosi dominated proceedings.
Ajax though find their rhythm
as the half grew on and Reyaad Pieterse had to be on his toes as Riyaad
Norodien saw his cross-cum shot fly just over before the Chiefs stopper was
forced into a smart intervention to deny Paulse a chance at goal.
Chiefs finished a end-to-end
half on the front foot with Rivaldo Coetzee doing well to clear Manqele's shot
at goal before Jaakkola produced a world class save to thwart Tsepo
The opening goal of the game
finally came with 65 minutes on the clock. Good work by Reneilwe Letsholonyane
and Siphiwe Tshabalala set up Manqele who tapped in from close range for his first
goal in the gold and black.
Ajax hit back immediately
through Paulse from a Cecil Lolo corner-kick. The lanky forward rising above
two Chiefs players to nod in his third goal in seven days.
George Lebese came off the
bench in the 74th minute and the winger had a succession of chances to steal
the win for the visitors, but on both occasions he picked out Jaakkola who was
duly named man of the match.