Cape Town - Chippa United held Ajax Cape Town to a 1-1 draw at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening, with Rhulani Manzini’s goal cancelling out Prince Nxumalo’s opener.
The result denied the Urban Warriors a place in the top eight of the log, while the Chilli Boys remain in sixth place.
The teams traded chances in the opening quarter of the match, though goalkeepers Anssi Jaakkola and Daniel Akpeyi were largely untroubled.
Ajax claimed the lead just before the half hour mark through Prince Nxumalo, with the striker providing a composed finish from Tashreeq Morris’ assist to make it 1-0 and claim his 11th league goal of the season.
The closest Chippa came to a reply in the first half saw attacker Rhulani Manzini strike an effort over the target direct from a free kick just before the interval.
After a quiet opening period of the second stanza, in which there was little in the way of goalmouth action, Chippa levelled the game on the hour on the mark thanks to Manzini, who capitalised on an error in the home side’s defence to make it 1-1.
A few minutes after conceding the equaliser, the Urban Warriors very nearly reclaimed the lead through Nxumalo, who shot just wide of the target - much to Akpeyi’s relief.
Ajax kept up the pressure on Chippa’s goal as the second half wore on, with Nxumalo and Morris both going close to a goal, but ultimately the Cape side were left frustrated and had to settle for a share of the spoils.