Downs hand Ajax a heavy defeat

Mamelodi Sundowns showed that they are serious title contenders for the Castle Premiership trophy after they dished out a 4-0 drubbing to Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night.

The hosts were under pressure to win following a string of below par performances, and new coach Angel Cappa would have been delighted to register his first win since joining the club a few weeks ago.

The home side were dominant throughout and took the lead in the 37th minute when former Bafana Bafana midfielder Tebogo Mokoena beat the offside trap to fire home the first goal of the game.

Shortly after the break Zimbabwean international Peter Ndlovu increased the lead for the Brazilians after he converted a a Siaka Tiene cross.

Tiene then got on the score sheet himself in the 53rd minute after winning the ball from a scramble outside the goalmouth.

Things got even worse for the Urban Warriors when Dikilu Bageta put the ball in his own net while attempting to turn away a cross from Sundowns midfielder Josta Dladla in the 65th minute.

Ajax were reduced to 10 men shortly before the final whistle after Franklyn Cale was given his marching orders.

The visitors, who performed admirably in their midweek loss to Ajax Amsterdam, would have been disappointed in the result as they were hoping to use their games in hand to put pressure on the teams above them on the Premiership log, while Downs moved into second spot and are now seven points behind leaders Orlando Pirates.

Read more about Ajax Cape Town on the official web site of the club.