Ajax drop points against Leopards

Ajax Cape Town were unable to take maximum points from their Castle Premiership match against Black Leopards at the Newlands Stadium on Friday night after the Limpopo side grabbed a late equaliser.

Lidoda Duhva gave the Urban Warriors a run for money and at the end of the match a draw was probably a fair reflection of the match.

Leopards packed their defence and relied mainly on a counter-attacking game.

Brett Evans looked good for the hosts in the first half and had two early chances.

Ajax keeper Moeneeb Josephs had a somewhat shaky start and in the 8th minute he was rescued defender Cyrille Mubiala, who cleared the ball off the line.

However, as the game went on Josephs soon returned to his normal assured self, making an excellent save from Wonder Nhleko in the 31st minute.

There were no goals in the first half.

Ajax introduced 17-year-old Granwald Scott in the second half, who had a good showing for Gordon Igesund's men.

The Urban Warriors took the lead in the 72nd minute when skipper Bradley August headed home a free kick by Norman Mapeza.

However, their lead did not last long as seven minutes later Nhleko cut in from the right, and his low shot beat Josephs.

With only minutes remaining, Ajax had late chances to wrap up the game, when Franklyn Cale shot over the bar from close range and then Wilfred Mugeyi hit the upright.

But it was not to be on the night for the team in red and white, who had to settle for a point and can now look forward to Wednesday's big clash against Ajax Amsterdam.

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