Cape Town - He might not have been picked to start matches in recent
times, but Ruzaigh Gamildien certainly showed his value on Friday night as his
first half strike earned hosts Ajax Cape Town a 1-0 Absa Premiership win over
Arrows enjoyed a spell of constant pressure on the
Ajax backline and came close to the opening goal in the 15th minute when Mwape
Musonda pounced following a corner kick, but Anssi Jaakkola kept Ajax in the
The game, played on a stunning Cape Town Stadium pitch,
slowed down a bit thereafter as both sides battled to keep hold of the ball and
build up genuine attacking passages of play.
Then Toriq Losper put an effort just wide of goal and after
that the home side did take the lead through Ruzaigh Gamildien with a left
footed shot from a corner kick taken by Riyad Norodien.
On the stroke of half-time, Nkanysio Mngwengwe headed over
the bar from Kuda Mahachi's cross.
Ajax exerted some attacking pressure early in the second
half as Norodien saw his shot blocked before Erwin Isaacs nearly caught
goalkeeper Mbaeva off guard, but he managed to palm away the shot in the 58th
Arrows coach Clinton Larsen introduced Mabhuti Khenyeza and
Mahlatsi Makudubela on the hour mark and the pair added some value right away.
But Nkanyiso Mngwengwe saw his shot go just wide of goal in
the 63rd minute.
Ajax coach Roger de Sa made some changes in the second half
and one of them, Nathan Paulse on for Prince Nxumalo, was always going to
change things up a little. In the 75th minute Paulse put a shot over the
Then Erwin Isaacs saw his shot fly over the bar in the 88th
minute before substitute Bantu Mzwakali went down too easily under a challenge
and should have done better with an attempt in injury time.
For Arrows, Mabhuti Khenyeza missed a good chance right at
the death as the game ended 1-0 to Ajax.