Resuly: AmaZulu 2-1 Ajax Cape Town
Date: 03 April 2018
Venue: King Zwelithini Stadium
Ajax Cape Town, who were without Tendai Ndoro, suffered a 2-1 loss to AmaZulu in the Absa Premiership on Tuesday evening.
Usuthu dominated possession in the early exchanges, albeit in positions where they could not hurt the Urban Warriors.
After a quiet spell in the half, Thabo Mosadi was unlucky not to have broken the deadlock for the Mother City side on 30 minutes with a brilliant diving header that was turned away by Siyabonga Mbatha.
Yannick Zakri almost got on the scoresheet for the visitors in the 34th minute after going through on the right side of the box but his low shot missed narrowly wide.
Muhsin Ertugral’s charges were finding gaps in the middle of the park and acres of space behind the defence with ten minutes of the half to go.
However, they could not capitalise and the first stanza ended goalless, with Usuthu having the better chances in the last five minutes.
Five minutes into the second half, Mhlengi Cele broke the deadlock for the home side after beating two markers inside the box to unleashed a low shot that found the bottom right corner, 1-0.
Rodrick Kabwe got the equaliser for the Urban Warriors with a sensational left-footed free-kick that left Mbatha with no chance on the hour mark, 1-1.
Tashreeq Morris nearly sent the Ertugral’s men ahead in the 68th minute with a half-volley from just outside the box that missed narrowly over the bar.
However, Siyanda Zwane netted an own goal to put Usuthu in front with 15 minutes remaining in the second half.
The match swung from end to end with five remaining on the clock, but Cavin Johnson's charges held on for the vital victory, while Ajax slip further into the relegation mire.
Here's how they lined up:
AmaZulu: 28. Mbatha, 29. Mabiliso, 24. Sikhakhane, 25. P. Gumede, 17. M. Gumede, 13. Ouro-Akoriko, 6. Ncube, 14. Mnguni, 9. Cele, 23. Karuru, 2. Khenyeza.
Subs: 1. Murambadoro, 27. Nyongo, 32. Lumkwana, 8. Ncobeni, 4. Morton, 18. Abraw, Nomvethe.
Ajax: 22. February; 43. Zwane, 30. Booysen, 5. Lebusa, 16. Kabwe, 6. Nel, 8. Margeman, 7. Mosadi, 44. Zakri, 10. Losper, 41. Lakay.
Subs: 1. Petersen, 3. Pietersen, 29. Malepe, 8. Mdabuka, 25. Kammies, 14. Morris, Julies.