Ajax keep pace with Chiefs

Ajax Cape Town kept the pressure on title-chasing Kaizer Chiefs after they came away with all three Castle Premiership points from their tough away match against Silver Stars at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

With Chiefs beating Sundowns 2-0 at the Odi Stadium, a win was vital for Gordon Igesund's men, and that is exactly what they did, beating Silver Stars by the same score-line in their league encounter in Polekwane.

The Urban Warriors started the game on a positive note, having much more ball possession than their hosts, who spent most of the time defending.

Wilfred Mugeyi nearly put his name on the score sheet in the 10th minute after a beautiful pass by Alfred Phiri, but his shot went over the bar with Silver Stars goalkeeper Johannes Diale struggling to cover his goals.

Mugeyi finally turned Ajax's domination into a goal in the 37th minute when he headed home a rebound ball after Phiri's first attempt hit the woodwork.

Ajax went to the break leading 1-0.

South African under-20 international Shane Poggenpoel gave the Cape Team some breathing space by doubling the lead for the Urban Warriors with a well taken shot in the 76th minute.

The rest of the game was dominated largely by, and indeed spoiled by the referee Enoch Radebe, who sent off Poggenpoel for a tackle that did not even seem to warrant a yellow card in the 84th minute.

Radebe then levelled the playing field again when he sent off Stars midfielder Manqoba Mkhize for a second bookable offence after the player had become involved with a somewhat innocuous tussle with an Ajax player.

The win leaves Ajax joint-second on the table and they are still firmly in the race for the Castle Premiership title.

Stars remain rooted in third last position, although there is a four point gap between them and 15th placed Zulu Royals.

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