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Ajax Sink Celtic To Move Up to Eighth

Absa Premiership

Result: Ajax Cape Town 2-0 Bloemfontein Celtic

Date: 13 May 2017

Venue: Athlone Stadium

Ajax Cape Town moved up to eighth spot in the Absa Premiership, after recording a 2-0 win over Bloemfontein Celtic at the Athlone Stadium.

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The Urban Warriors grabbed the lead in the fourth minute with Prince Nxumalo getting his name on the score-sheet with a cool finish from close range after being played in by Bantu Mzwakali.

Musa Nyatama came close to bringing Siwelele level five minutes later but his curling shot on the edge of the box went narrowly wide.

Ajax didn't have to wait too long for their second goal as Nxumalo turned provider to pick out Mzwakali, who slotted past Partick Tignyemb in the 18th minute.

Siwelele started to show more attacking intent after 30 minutes and they went close through Fiston Abdul Razak, who fired just wide of the upright.

Brandon Petersen then came to Ajax's rescue just before the break, as he produced a good save to deny Razak from close range which saw the hosts take a two-goal lead into the break.

Celtic came out firing in the second half and nearly pulled a goal back in the 55th minute through Deon Hotto, but Petersen tipped the winger's curling shot over the crossbar. 

Alfred Ndengane then squandered another chance for Celtic after 67 minutes, as he headed over the crossbar from 10-yards out.

The home side, meanwhile, were content with absorbing the pressure as the half drew to a close, as Stanley Menzo introduced defender Erick Chipeta in the 80th minute.

Celtic continued to push for a goal, but their finishing was not up to par as Hotto once again fired wide of the upright from close range in the 85th minute.

Nonetheless, the Mother City outfit managed to see out the rest of the clash to claim three points, which sees them move into the top eight.

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Here's how they lined up:

Ajax: 1. Petersen, 20. Isaacs, 27. Pietersen, 3. Coetzee, 5. Lebusa, 6. Graham, 17. Makua (Eksteen 90'), 8. Mdabuka, 15. Nxumalo, 11. Mzwakali (Chipeta 79'), 22. Mayambela (Kabwe 61')
 
Celtic: 30. Tignyemb, 4. Nyatama, 6. Maruping, 27. Ndengane, 7. Lakay, 3. Dube, 5. Letlabika, 14. Abdoul (Dlamini 58'), 11. Hotto, 35. Lebri, 8. Phalane.
 

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