Ajax go down to AmaZulu
Bongani Ndulula (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - A goal in either half has helped AmaZulu to a 2-1 win over Ajax Cape Town in a Premiership match at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.
The victory never really looked under threat as the visitors opened the scoring in the 11th minute and then doubled their advantage just after the break. Ajax only managed to pull a goal back in the 90th minute.
Looking to avoid a repetition of last season's flirtation with relegation, the Cape side have now taken just one point from two games under coach Muhsin Ertugral in the current league campaign.
For AmaZulu boss Craig Rosslee, the trip down to the Cape would have been extra sweet, with all three points having been taken from his former employers.
There was a place in the Ajax starting line-up for newly-signed Eleazar Rodgers, the former Santos player making his debut for the Urban Warriors after joining on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns.
Rodgers had some good touches and made some intelligent runs in the first half, where Ajax started brightly, although Lebohang Manmyama was unable to round off an exciting eighth minute run with a goal.
Instead it was the Cape side who found themselves a goal down in the 11th minute through an own goal from Ajax.
Cecil Lolo headed the ball into his own net as Aidan Jenniker failed to clear the ball.
His teammate tried to head the danger away only to see the ball cross the line and give AmaZulu a 1-0 lead. The hosts looked to play themselves back into the game, but were not able to create too many clear-cut chances against the Usuthu defence.
The Durban side had a chance to make it 2-0 midway through he first stanza, but Sean Roberts came to Ajax's rescue as he saved from Ayanda Dlamini.
From a Nkosinathi Mthiyane corner, Carlington Nyadombo scored his side's second from close range three minutes after the break.
Ajax finally managed to find the back of the net when Nathan Paulse headed past Kapini, but it came in the final minute of regulation time, leaving little chance of grabbing a late share of the spoils.