Absa Premiership

AmaZulu move closer to safety

2018-04-03 22:06

Cape Town - AmaZulu moved to within touching distance of securing their Absa Premiership safety thanks to a priceless 2-1 win over struggling Ajax Cape Town at the King Zwelithini Stadium on Tuesday night.

Ovidy Karuru had the best opening midway through the opening half when Siyethemba Mnguni played the ball across the face of goal from the left, where the Zimbabwean was waiting only to rifle over.

The response from the Urban Warriors was almost a perfect one with Yannick Zakri forcing a point-blank save from Siyabonga Mbatha with his three-yard header that came from Thabo Mosadi's pin-point cross.

Zakri again came close moments later when he capitalised on a loose ball, charged in on goal and then pulled his effort across the face of goal.

There was another chance for the Ivorian in the 40th minute when Mosadi swung over a cross from the left this time, but the angle was too acute and the ball sent wide at the back post.

And in stoppage time, Cele’s flicked header went just over as the two teams went to the break scoreless.

The goal came five minutes after the restart when some casual defending by the visitors allowed for the ball to be stolen by Cele, who unleased a low shot across Jody February and into the far corner.

Buoyed by the opener, the Usuthu frontman then unleashed a powerful 20-yard strike that had to be tipped over by February, before Sbusiso Mabiliso thumped inches wide from a similar distance – the hosts pressing for a second before the hour.

At the other end, Zakri was again the man that looked likeliest to score and he drew another fine close-range save from Mbatha when a rising effort was tipped over.

And Ajax did have their equaliser on the hour mark, although it was not through Zakri. Instead it was a gem of a free-kick that was deposited into the top corner by a curling Kabwe effort from 25 yards out.

Fagrie Lakay then forced a good low save from Mbatha, before substitute Tashreeq Morris twice came close to of scoring as the match was turned on its head.

Then came the winning goal as Zwane could not get out of the way of Karuru’s free-kick from the right.

To Ajax's credit, they did not throw in the towel and came close to a share of the spoils when another outstanding Kabwe free-kick rocked the crossbar as AmaZulu held on.

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