Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town ended the year 2016 on a high as
they defeated Chippa United 1-0 in an Absa Premiership match at Cape Town
Stadium on Wednesday evening.
Prince Nxumalo scored the only goal of the match in
the dying minutes to hand the Urban Warriors a fifth win from their last six
Ajax started strongly and created chances in the
opening minutes for Mosa Lebusa and Ndiviwe Mdabuka, neither of whom was able
to test Chippa goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi with their efforts.
The Urban Warriors bossed the game through the
first half and must have wondered how they went to the break with the scores
still level, as Akpeyi was called upon to make superb saves to keep out shots
from Prince Nxumalo and Grant Margeman.
The Chilli Boys threatened only sporadically in the
first half, with their best moment arriving just over 10 minutes before the
break when a deflected header from Ajax defender Roscoe Pietersen forced Jody
February into a sharp save.
Ajax picked up in the second half where they left
off in the first and 10 minutes after the restart Thabo Mosadi cut inside and
unleashed a powerful effort which forced Akpeyi into another fine save.
The match looked to be destined for a goalless
stalemate, but the deadlock was finally broken in the 88th minute
when Nxumalo provided a chipped finish from Travis Graham’s through ball to
seal the victory for the Urban Warriors.