Chiefs Seal Confed Cup Spot, Ajax Into Play-Offs
Absa Premiership Report: Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs, 12 May 2018
Full Time: Ajax Cape Town 1-2 Kaizer Chiefs
Date: 12 May 2018
Venue: Cape Town Stadium
Ajax Cape Town finished in the relegation zone and will now take part in the PSL promotion/relegation play-offs after losing 2-1 to Kaizer Chiefs in an Absa Premiership match at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Chiefs controlled the match early on and dictated the flow of play, but for all their possession they struggled to break down a well-organised Ajax defence.
In fact, the only decent effort on goal in the opening exchanges came 11 minutes in when George Maluleka flashed a free-kick from 24 yards out inches of the Ajax goal.
The next decent effort went the way of Ajax in the 22nd minute when a corner-kick led to a goalmouth scramble inside the Chiefs box that saw the ball fall to Roscoe Pietersen a couple of yards out, but he toe-poked his attempt onto the post before Daniel Cardoso cleared the ball off the line.
Ajax threatened again when Krahire Zakri got onto the end of a great through ball in the 35th minute but he was superbly denied by goalkeeper Brilliant Khuzwayo from 12 yards out.
Chiefs had the last say of the half when Gustavo Paez played Bernard Parke into space inside the box, but the latter saw his 14-yard volley magnificently saved by goalkeeper Jody February as the half ended goalless.
Seven minutes into the second half, Chiefs took the lead when Parker headed home a Maluleak corner-kick, 1-0.
On the hour mark, Tashreeq Morris broke through on goal and should have leveled matters for Ajax, but he was denied in a one-on-one with Khuzwayo.
Four minutes later the home side did equalise when Mosa Lebusa headed home a Rodrick Kabwe corner-kick, 1-1.
In the 66th minute, Siphiwe Tshabalala should have given Chiefs the lead when he dribbled his way into the box, but was denied from close range by February.
Seven minutes later, Roscoe Pietersen had a chance to put Ajax in front when he got onto the end of a left-wing cross, but his two-yard header was acrobatically stopped by Khuzwayo.
Ajax threw players forward in attack after that and left themselves exposed at the back, a fact Chiefs took advantage of when Joseph Molangoane found the back of the net from a few yards out after a swift counter-attacking move.
Here is how they line up.
Ajax: 22 February, 43 Zwane (7 Mosadi 71’), 30 Booysen, 5 Lebusa, 3 Pietersen, 16 Kabwe, 6 Nel, 15 Sasman (11 Morris 46’), 44 Zakri (10 Losper 46’), 8 Magerman, 41 Lakay.
Subs: 1 Peterson, 13 Nhlapo, 7 Mosadi, 42 Julies, 11 Morris, 29 Malepe, 10 Losper.
Chiefs: 16 Khuzwayo, 2 Mphahlele, 4 Cardoso, 30 Ngezana, 23 Molangoane, 31 Katsande, 12 Maluleka, 36 Ntiya-Ntiya (22 Zulu 55’), 14 Tshabalala, 25 Parker (3 Mathoho 87’), 9 Paez (28 Zuma 65’)
Subs: 44 Bvuma, 3 Mathoho, 6 Jayiya, 5 Ntshangase, 29 Moon, 28 Zuma, 22 Zulu.