Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town will face Kaizer Chiefs in the 2015 MTN8
final following a 1-0 win over Bidvest Wits at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday.
The Urban Warriors were second favourites heading into the
tie after the reverse fixture in Stellenbosch ended at 1-1, but their task was
made easier after Siyabonga Nhlapo saw red for the hosts in the early exchanges
of the encounter.
Nathan Paulse duly converted from 12 yards as Ajax
successfully held on to book their place in the final for the first time in six
Favourable conditions welcomed the teams onto the park with
the sun beaming down in the city of gold, a complete contrast to the rainy
conditions that marred the first leg.
Bidvest Wits were into their stride from the onset and
bossed possession as they went in search of the early goal.
Henrico Botes saw his deflected effort fly wide before Elias
Pelembe and Daine Klate linked up well - the Mozambique international saw his
first time shot straight at Anssi Jaakkola who was well positioned to gather the
ball on 16 minutes.
Wits though would be the masters of their own downfall with
Nhlapo committing a cynical foul on Toriq Losper leaving the referee with
little choice, but to brandish the red card.
Paulse converted confidently from the spot to hand Ajax the
lead in the 25th minute
Despite being down to 10-men Wits dominated possession
with Joaquim Lupeta firing wide moments after coming off the bench before
Klate saw his free-kick well saved by Jaakkola on the cusp of half-time.
With the Clever Boys pressing up-field in search of the
equaliser, things opened up for Ajax who were guilty of missing a catalogue of
chances in the second-half.
Paulse had a string of opportunities to add to his tally
towards the end of the match with the lanky forward flashing a succession of
header attempts wide before firing over with Moeneeb Josephs stranded in the
Cecil Lolo's missed penalty after Losper was again fouled
inside the area four minutes from time threatened to haunt the visitors, but in
the end Roger de Sa's troops held on to deny Bidvest Wits a chance to face the
Amakhosi in the top eight final 20 years after beating the Soweto giants in the