Absa Premiership

Chiefs keep train rolling

2014-10-19 18:11
Tefu Mashamaite (Gallo Images)
Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs beat Ajax Cape Town 1-0 thanks to Tefu Mashamaite’s goal to keep their perfect start to the Absa Premier League season alive and thrill the thousands of fans who turned up at Cape Town Stadium.
As it happened: Ajax CT v Kaizer Chiefs

Ajax Cape Town welcomed back their two Bafana Bafana internationals in Keagan Dolly and Rivaldo Coetzee who both started the match as Ajax wore their new official shirt sponsor, Huawei, for the first time
Meanwhile Kaizer Chiefs coach Stuart Baxter selected a team without an out and out striker. Siphiwe Tshabalala started the game up front with George Lebese, George Maluleka and Mandla Masango behind him.
The notorious Cape Town wind picked up just before the start of the match and even though it was a full house Cape Town Stadium, the game did not lift off immediately and lacked the usual crisp passing and precision usually reserved for Ajax-Chiefs clashes.
It took until the 13th minute for the first shot at goal to arrive when Ajax midfielder Keagan Dolly drove his shot at goal, but it was always going over the crossbar.
A few minutes later and Ajax won a free kick, which midfielder Bantu Mzwakali attempted to curl over the wall but it dipped towards the top corner of goal as Chiefs keeper Brilliant Khuzwayo made a fine save to keep it out.
And on the half hour mark Dolly was at it again, this time from the centre of the field, but his left footed shot drifted wide of goal.
Then Chiefs defender Morgan Gould did ever so well to tackle Thabiso Nkoana inside the danger area just as he was about to unleash a shot at goal.
Ajax enjoyed a few more forays into the Chiefs danger area, but each time the visiting side had numbers behind the ball and were able to snuff out the danger and close ranks on Ajax’s attacks.
Towards the end of the half things got heated when Siboniso Gaxa got cautioned for a rough challenge and Ajax assistant coach Ian Taylor was sent off for fighting with the match officials.
Chiefs opened the scoring after 49 minutes when Tefu Mashamaite got onto the end of Tshabalala's pin-point free kick from deep in the field and put the header past Jaakkola.
Then, in the 73rd minute Tsepo Masilela got down the left wing and whipped in a great cross, but Ajax were able to defend it in the air and clear the danger, and just moments later Chiefs had a penalty appeal turned down.
Ajax brought on Franklin Cale following a nine month injury layoff and he got down the right wing and beat his man, but his cross was defended well.
A few minutes later Cale was at it again and this time won Ajax a corner from which Khuzwayo did the necessary goalkeeping work. Then, right at the death Cale sent a free kick way over the bar from a very inviting position.
Ajax Cape Town 0
Kaizer Chiefs (0) 1 (Mashamaite 49’)
Ajax Cape Town: Jaakkola – Allie, Coetzee, Mobara, Lebusa – Graham, Scott – Morris (Cale 69’), Mzwakali (Ngalande 79’), Dolly (Paulse 59’) - Nkoana
Kaizer Chiefs: Khuzwayo – Gaxa, Mashamaite, Gould, Masilela – Katsande – Lebese (Mathoho 81’), Letsholonyane, Maluleka (Mthembu 63’), Tshabalala – Masango (Bukenya 90’)


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