Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town’s wait for a first win of the
2016/17 Absa Premiership season is over, after they defeated Platinum Stars 3-2
at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium on Tuesday.
The Urban Warriors scored through Bantu Mzwakali,
Prince Nxumalo and an own goal from Dikwena goalkeeper Steven Hoffman, while
the hosts netted consolations through Vuyo Mere and Benson Shilongo.
The first half was a catastrophe for Platinum
Stars, who committed a string of defensive errors inside the first half hour to
find themselves 3-0 down. From there, the match was always going to be beyond
rescuing for the hosts.
In the 12th minute Mark Mayambela took
advantage of some poor positioning to tee up Bantu Mzwakali to score the first
goal and put the Cape side into a deserved lead.
Just three minutes later another defensive error
saw Prince Nxumalo score his first goal of the 2016/17 season to make it 2-0 to
the Urban Warriors.
Dikwena responded by withdrawing defender
Sphamandla Mlilo and replacing him with the more experienced Siboniso Gumede
midway through the first half.
However, Stars’ comedy of errors at the back
continued unabated, as an Ajax attack in the 27th minute was
rewarded with another goal – this time goalkeeper Steven Hoffman got the last
touch into his own net to make it 3-0.
The home side came out in the second half with
renewed energy, having no doubt been given a blasting by coach Cavin Johnson in
On 64 minutes they pulled a goal back, with veteran
defender Vuyo Mere scoring with a left-footed strike to make it 3-1 and give
them hope of a comeback in what remained of the match.
That hope was almost extinguished by Ajax’s Thabo
Mosadi in the 78th minute, with the midfielder sending a fierce
effort beyond the reach of Hoffman only to see the ball rebound off the
Stars finally got a second goal deep in injury time
through Benson Shilongo, but it did nothing to take the three points away from