Urban Warriors On Track For Cup Glory

Ajax Cape Town advanced through to the quarter-finals of the lucrative Coca Cola Cup by scoring an impressive 1-0 victory over Dynamos at a rain-swept Newlands Stadium on Wednesday night.

Ajax seemed to be really pumped up for the occasion and took the game straight to their opponents, creating two chances and a corner in the opening two minutes.

The Urban Warriors continued to press and it came as no surprise when Joseph Ngake gave his side the lead in the 8th minute. The former Bafana Bafana player finished with an expert first time volley after receiving a cross from the left by Bradley August.

Three minutes later, Dillon Sheppard, who was making his first start since returning from injury, played in an excellent cross onto the head of Wilfred Mugeyi, but the Zimbabwean's header was not strong enough to trouble Dynamos keeper Aime Kitenge.

Kitenge was kept extremely busy in the opening half an hour as he was peppered with crosses from both flanks, with Bradley August and Sheppard combining particularly well.

Mugeyi was again guilty of a missed chance in the 32nd minute. The "Silver Fox" did well to reach a ball which had been flicked onto him, but was unable to control his shot from close range.

Some neat build-up play involving Mugeyi served to set up Bageta Dikilu for a shot in the 42nd minute. The DRC defender shot well, but his long range effort fizzed across Kitenge's goal.

With the rain starting to pour down on a windy Newlands, the half time break must have come as a relief to the players, as well as Dynamos coach Jacob Sakala, who would have been desperate to talk to his team after they were outplayed by their hosts in the first period.

The second half started much the same way as the first had with the home side enjoying the lion's share of possession.

Dynamos had a rare chance on the breakaway when Alex Bapela released substitute David Mathebula on goal, but the latter saw his shot fly narrowly wide with keeper Moeneeb Josephs struggling to cover the shot.

Bapela tried his best to pull the strings in midfield, but lacked the support to take on the Ajax midfielders, who were on top of their game on the night.

Ajax continued to create half chances, but none of Mugeyi, Alfred Phiri or Tsholola Tshinyama were able to convert their opportunities.

In the 77th minute Ngake came close to adding to his goal tally when he combined well with Brent Carelse but was unable to beat the on-rushing Kitenge.

By this stage of the game it was all Ajax, who continued to create chances at will, but lacked the composure and a bit of luck needed to convert their opportunities into goals.

Dynamos were unable to create any further chances and Ajax were happy to play out the final few minutes with the knowledge that they will be the fifth team advancing through to the next round of the competition.

Read more about Ajax Cape Town on their web site