Johannesburg - A late strike from replacement Dumisani Zuma enabled
Kaizer Chiefs to record a 1-0 over Ajax Cape Town in an Absa Premiership clash
at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.
Amakhosi dominated proceedings but had to wait until the 85th minute for Zuma to finally break the deadlock.
The home side completely dominated the first half, but it
just would not fall for them in front of goal.
second half was to go the same way as Chiefs continued to chip away at the Ajax
defence without any success until Zuma won the match with a late strike.
hosts suffered an early setback when Philani Zulu was forced off the field with
a muscle strain after 10 minutes, being replaced by Khotso Malope.
all their possession, it took the Soweto side a while to create openings, with Bernard
Parker's 36th minute header flashing narrowly wide.
best moment came three minutes later when Tashreeq Morris was just unable to
get a touch on the ball with the goal at his mercy after Itumeleng Khune had
parried Thabo Mosadi's cross.
though remained on top and Parker was unlucky to see his shot from a tight
angle on 43 minutes grazing the outside of the upright.
side was able to take a hold of the game after the restart and it was 13
minutes into the second stanza before there was a chance on goal as Gustavo
Paez sent a shot the wrong side of the right hand upright.
Chiefs were to soon regain the upper-hand and had chances as Malope, Teenage
Hadebe and George Maluleka all went close.
Glamour Boys finally had their persistence rewarded, five minutes from time,
when Zuma reacted sharply to a loose ball in the box to go past a defender and
then pick out the bottom corner as the Soweto club ended 2017 with six points
from their last two outings.
The victory saw Chiefs move up to second on the Absa
Premiership standings, while Ajax are languishing in 15th spot with just Wits below