Ajax through to last 16

Fifteen year old Mkhanyiseli Siwahla got his professional career off to a fairy-tale start when he set up Ajax Cape Town's 3-0 victory over Dynamos with a well taken goal in the Absa Cup game at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday.

Apart from the goal the school boy had an excellent debut and picked up some 'pocket-money' in the form of a R5000 cheque for his man-of-the-match award.

Ajax were without the likes of the suspended duo of Alfred Phiri and Joseph Ngake, while Grant Igesund missed the cup tie due to injury.

This allowed coach Gordon Igesund to draft promising youngster Siwahla, who at 15 years and 173 days became the youngest ever player to feature in a top flight match in South Africa.

Anele Zibi had the first chance of the game when Mulekayi Kanku picked him out in the box, but although Zibi was unmarked he was unable to get sufficient power on his header.

In the 14th minute Alex Bapela showed his class by releasing Simiphiwe Mbambo through on goal, but Moeneeb Josephs did well to get down at the near post and block the shot.

Wilfred Mugeyi should have put the Warriors up in the 32nd minute when the ball fell to him just seven yards out from goal, but the Zimbabwean rushed his shot with the result that the ball flew well wide of the target.

In the 41st minute Mkhanyiseli Siwahla got his professional career off to a fairytale start when he received a through ball from Ashley Opperman, showed good pace and strength to hold off a defender and slammed the ball past Aime Kitenge at the near post.

Ajax went straight into the attack in the second half when Brent Carelse whipped in a quality ball from the left hand flank which picked out Kanku, but the DRC player was on;y able to scramble in a weak shot off his knees.

Ajax were applying constant pressure in the first 15 minutes of the second half and Dynamos stopper Kitenge did well to come out and gather a Zibi cross with Kanku hovering dangerously.

As the game wore on the diminutive Siwahla visibly grew in stature and seemed to fit right into the rigours of top flight football.

His magical night finally came to an end in the 59th minute when he was substituted by a player 24 years his senior - veteran midfielder Ernest Mtwali, who was making his debut for the Cape team.

In the 64th minute Kanku gave Ajax some breathing space when he headed home a simple chance after Carelse had beaten Kitenge before popping the ball up right on the goal line.

The Urban Warriors had a moment's worry when Josephs made a hash of a Bradley August back-pass, before managing to redeem himself by gathering the ball.

In the 72nd minute Kanku showed some great skill down the left flank before sending in the centre which was met by a diving Carelese, but his effort flew straight at Kitenge.

Substitute Brett Evans came to the rescue of the home side in the 78th minute when he cleared Adam Ndlovu's shot off the line.

In 89th minute the Wilfred Mugeyi put the result beyond doubt when he received the ball from an Evans throw in and beat Kitenge at the near post.


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