Durban - An eighth minute goal from George
Maluleka for Ajax Cape Town was enough to secure a 1-0 victory, over
Golden Arrows in their Premiership match at the King Zwelithini Stadium
in Umlazi, outside Durban, on Saturday.
The only goal came early
in the game, and the visitors wasted several chances to add to their
lead, against a home team missing key players Collins Mbesuma and Robyn
Johannes through injury.
Muhsin Ertugral, playing against his
former club, saw his team improve after the break, but they lacked the
cutting edge and remain in 12th place on the log.
Ajax, meanwhile, move up to seventh place.
game began with wayward long-range efforts from Jabulani Nene and
Lebogang Manyama at either end, before the visitors went in front
An error in midfield allowed Nhlanhla Vilakazi
to capitalise and thread a the ball straight down the middle, flicked on
by Brent Carelse, with Maluleka driving into the penalty area and
lifting the ball into the left corner of the net for the opener.
the other end, Philani Shange had a first strike on goal seconds before
the interval, although it was straight at Sander Westerveld.
After the restart Muhsin Ertugral introduced experienced striker Katlego Mashego in a bid to spark some life into his attack.
continued to do most of the running and Arrows keeper Nkosingiphile
Gumede was forced to dash off his line to thwart Carelse.
18-year-old goalkeeper then almost made a hash of a back pass that ran
under his foot, although he managed to get back and kick the ball away.
20 minutes to go, Thamsanqa Gabuza managed to get the ball into the
back of the net, but the strike was ruled out for off-side.
had a good chance seconds later, but stumbled at the crucial time,
while Gumede blocked out Maluleka from point-blank range.
Ajax goal-scorer was then called into action at the other end of the
park, clearing on the line after Musa Bilankulu’s touch as the visitors
held on for the win.