Cape Town - Ajax
Cape Town’s hopes of finishing in the top eight of the Absa Premiership were
dealt a big blow on Sunday when they were hammered 5-0 by Bloemfontein Celtic
at the Dr Molemela Stadium.
Urban Warriors will need to win their last three matches if they are to have a
realistic chance of a top half finish and in turn the right to defend the MTN8
title they won last year.
meanwhile, will celebrate a return to winning form at their home venue, having
last tasted victory as hosts in the league back in January. Their goals were
scored by Lyle Lakay (a brace), Dumisani Zuma, Musa Nyatama and Thapelo Morena.
claimed the lead in the 16th minute, with Fiston Abdul-Razak winning
possession off Ndiviwe Mdabuka in midfield and putting Dumisani Zuma in on goal
– the striker provided a cool finish past Anssi Jaakkola to make it 1-0.
over 20 minutes later Phunya Sele Sele doubled their lead, again capitalising
on a poor piece of defending from Ajax. A cross from Musa Nyatama was casually
cleared by Abel Mabaso and the ball fell kindly to Lyle Lakay, who cracked home
a left-footed volley for a goal-of-the-season contender.
strike was quickly followed by a fine goal from Musa Nyatama in the 39th
minute – the midfielder fired home in the box after a fine set-up by Zuma to
make it 3-0 – before Lakay scored again in the 42nd, with his
in-swinging free kick passing untouched through the box before finding the net
to leave it an amazing 4-0 in favour of Celtic at the break.
Urban Warriors predictably made a double change at the start of the second
half, sending on Franklin Cale and Nathan Paulse. The pair helped give their
team’s attack something of a boost, but they were still unable to find a way
back into the game.
hosts, meanwhile, seemed to take their foot off the pedal in the second stanza,
safe in the knowledge that their work in the first 45 minutes had secured the
three points. This also allowed them the chance to put Vuyisile Wana on as a
substitute, giving the former Moroka Swallows man his first taste of
competitive action in nearly a year, after recovering from a groin injury.
eventually claimed a fifth goal at the start of added time when midfielder
Thapelo Morena reacted quicker than any defender to a rebound, after Jaakkola
had saved a long range shot but failed to push the ball away from the danger
even missed a penalty a few minutes later, with Patrick Tignyemb saving
brilliantly from Prince Nxumalo’s spot kick to ensure he finished with a clean
remain in 12th place despite the comprehensive victory, though they are now only
two points adrift of their rivals Free State Stars and will be hopeful of
overhauling them in what remains of the season. Ajax stay in 10th place,
level with Stars and four points adrift of the top eight.
Celtic (4) 5 (Zuma 16’, Lakay 38’ 42’, Nyatama 39’, Morena 90+1’)
Cape Town 0