South Africa: Ajax battering takes title race to final day
Ajax Cape Town began the day knowing that a win against Kaizer Chiefs would stand them in good stead in terms of the title race in South Africa’s Premier Soccer League. Instead they would be ruing a 4-0 battering at the hands of one of the country’s biggest clubs who kept alive their own title chances in the process.
The game was over as a contest by half-time as goals from Renielwe Letsholonyane, Knowledge Musona and Simphiwe Tschabalala gave Kaizer Chiefs a 3-0 lead at the break. Ajax Cape Town didn’t have the fight to come back in the second half and allowed their hosts a fourth goal when Tschabalala, who featured prominently for the Bafana Bafana in last year’s FIFA World Cup, scored his second goal of the game midway through the second half.
This slip gave second place Orlando Pirates a great opportunity to level with Ajax Cape Town on points but they would be left to wonder what might have been at the end of the game. Ajax’s local neighbours Santos FC Cape Town had the lead at half time after Erwin Isaacs’ 7th minute goal proved the difference between the sides at the break. For Orlando it looked like the chance to narrow the gap at the top had passed but Bongani Ndulula pounced in stoppage time to give the Pirates a deserved point.
With just one game to go in the Premier Soccer League, Ajax Cape Town (played 29, points 59) lead Orlando Pirates by two points who, in turn, are a further point ahead of Kaizer Chiefs. The final matchday of the season will see Ajax have a home tie against 12th place Maritzburg United whilst Orlando will face off against 10th place Lamontville Golden Arrows. The Kaizer Chiefs, meanwhile, will end their season with an away fixture at 13th place AmaZulu Durban.