Stars too bright for Ajax
Soloman Mathe (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Platinum Stars ended a run of four straight defeats in the Mother City against Ajax Cape Town with an excellent 2-0 success at the Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night.
It was in truth a game of few chances, but Stars took their brilliantly with twi well-worked goals within six first half minutes.
Solomon Mathe netted his first goal in over two years, before Robert Ng’ambi got an eighth of the current campaign to seal the win.
Stars had to do without veteran defender Benson Mhlongo who had not travelled because of flu, but it made little difference as Ajax rarely threatened the goal of Siyabonga Mpontshane.
The opener arrived on 24 minutes as Elias Ngwepe, playing in a left-wing position rather than his usual fullback role, crossed into the box. Lindokuhle Mbatha picked up the ball and played a low cross that was whipped home at pace by Mathe.
Six minutes later and it was 2-0, with a virtual carbon-copy strike. Again Ngwepe crossed from the left, again Mbatha picked up the ball and this time his low centre was perfect for Ng’ambi to rifle home.
There was little more to enthuse about as Stars comfortably held Ajax at bay and then tried to hit them on the counter-attack, with Siphelele Mthembu having a couple of opportunities that he wasted.
Next up for Ajax after their festive season celebrations are Orlando Pirates, who they will face on Monday, January 27. Platinum Stars next travel to Polokwane City on February 4
Ajax Cape Town 0
Platinum Stars (2) 2 (Mathe 24’, Ng’ambi 30’)Teams: Ajax:
Jaakolla, Hlatshwayo, Isaacs, Krjauklis, Jenniker, Davids (Mzawkali 63’), Manyama, Mobara, Alexander (Rodgers 31’), Dolly, Paulse (Morris 63’) Stars:
Mpontshane, Mere, Gumede, Semenya, Mpeta, Sarr, Ng'ambi (Nyanda 85’), Mathe, Mbatha (Malokase 87’), Ngwepe (Msomi 83’), S Mthembu