Imbabala hold Urban Warriors to a Draw

Ajax Cape Town dropped two valuable PSL points when they allowed Bush Bucks to fight back for a draw in their Castle Premiership match played at the Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

The home side took the lead in the 11th minute through Nhlanhla Shabalala, while Bucks capitalised on a defensive error to score in the 78th minute.

Although the Urban Warriors dominated in the early stages, it was Imbabala who had the first chance of the game, in the second minute. Tauya Mrewa dispossessed Bradley August and was about to pull the trigger, however, Marco Mthembu did well to get back and make a fine saving tackle.

Ajax' goal came as a result of a slick passing move with Shane Poggenpoel threading the ball through to Wilfred Mugeyi, whose great touch put Shabalala through on goal, allowing the youngster to finish expertly with the outside of his right foot.

In the 26th minute a similar move from the hosts nearly saw Grant Igesund grabbing a second goal, however, Bucks keeper Tampangu Dikete did well to make the save.

For the home team, defender Cyrille Mubiala was in fine form, making some crucial defensive interventions at the back.

As the half progressed, Bucks came back into the game and had several chances - including a long range shot from Agent Sawu and a missed chance by Mandla Nxumalo, who had the goal at his mercy.

The second half was a rather scrappy affair as both teams struggled to come to grips with the strong wind.

The visitor's equaliser came as a result of some poor defending by the team in red and white - from a hopeful ball hoisted into the box, Moeneeb Josephs was caught in no-man's land and Bucks substitute Simo Dladla put the ball into an empty net with the back of his head.

Josephs was determined to back up for mistake, and he nearly did when he scored with a free-kick from all of 70-yards out, only to have the goal disallowed, most likely because the set piece was indirect.

The home team threw everything at Bucks in the final minutes, but were just not able to find what would have been the winning goal.

Ajax remain sixth on the PSL table, while Bucks are still in 14th position.

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