Ajax march on at Chiefs' expense

Ajax Cape Town scored a huge physiological victory in their quest to win the league and cup double as they beat Kaizer Chiefs 1-0 to knock Amakhosi out of the Absa Cup for the second consecutive season.

Ajax dominated the first half, especially in midfield and although Chiefs had a much better second stanza, they were unable to breach a stubborn Urban Warriors defence, which was once again well marshalled by Cyrille Mubiala.

In the second minute Junior Khanye released David Radebe down the right flank, but Bradley August tracked back well to make a good covering tackle.

Wilfred Mugeyi laid the ball into Mulekalayi Kanku's path with a neat header, but the DRC international volleyed wildly over the bar in the fourth minute.

However, three minutes later Mugeyi shocked the Amakhosi faithful by putting his name on the scoreboard.

The Zimbabwean received an accurate through ball from Brent Carelse in the right hand side of the box and cooly slotted the ball into the far corner beyond the despairing dive of Brian Baloyi.

Radebe nearly penetrated the Ajax defence again in the 17th minute, but this time Bageta Dikilu was on hand to make a decisive tackle.

Chiefs were struggling to gel as a unit as the Urban Warriors pressurized them and after 30 minutes of play the Glamour Boys were without a single attempt on goal.

In the 38th minute Chiefs had a good appeal for a penalty turned down after Tshinyama Tsholola seemed to have brought down Patrick Mayo just inside the penalty area, but the referee gave the benefit of the doubt to the Urban Warriors.

In the 43rd minute Gordon Igesund was given a moments worry when Moeneeb Josephs was badly injured by a nasty studs-up challenge by Mayo as both players attempted to get to the ball first.

Fortunately for the Cape side the Bafana keeper was able to resume playing after a break of nearly five minutes.

Chiefs started the second half in a much better fashion and in the 52nd minute they finally managed to string some passes together when Cyrille Nzama went on a strong run down the wing before playing the ball to substitute Stanton Fredericks, who was able to get a shot away, but Josephs was not troubled.

In the 58th minute Amakhosi missed a great chance to score when John 'Shoes' Moshoeu played a square ball to an unmarked Fredericks, who, with the goals at his mercy, succeeded only in shooting right at Josephs from only eight yards out.

In the 73rd minute Baloyi gave the Chiefs fans an anxious moment when he spilled a cross from Mugeyi, but the ball just eluded Kanku at the far post.

A minute later Ajax substitute Anele Zibi did well to beat his man down the left but was unable to beat Baloyi from a tight angle.

The Urban Warriors were reduced to 10 men in the 81st minute when Bageta Dikilu was sent off for a second yellow card following a foul on Khanye.

In the 88th minute Jabu Mendu almost pulled one back for the Sowetan Giants, but his free kick from 25-yards out flew into the side-netting.

This proved to be the last chance of the game, leaving the Cape Town team to march into the third round of the Absa Cup for the second consecutive season.

Despite the pressure his team faced in the second half, coach Igesund was ecstatic with the result.

"There is no room for comment in the results column," the three time Castle Premiership winning manager said.

"We defended intelligently, and didn't allow them to counter-attack and get in behind us.

"Even if the game had gone on for another half an hour they would not have scored!"

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