Zakri salvage a point for Ajax

A goal from Krahire Zakri in the dying minutes of the match salvaged a point for Ajax Cape Town after playing to a 1-1 draw against Chippa United in an Absa Premiership game at the Nelson Mandela Stadium on Sunday.

It was a rather pedestrian opening 25 minutes with neither side really able to create any significant goal scoring chances.

In fact, the first real effort on goal only came in the 28th minute Mark Mayambela fired a 30-yard free-kick inches wide of the Ajax target.

Just after the half hour mark the Urban Warriors fashioned their first scoring chance when Zakri beat two defenders on his way into the box, but saw his close range effort cleared off the line by Paseka Mako.

Mako then nearly gave Ajax the lead in the 40th minute when he let fly from long range, but saw his powerful shot strike the crossbar.

The half ended 0-0.

Eight minutes into the second half Chippa took the lead when Mxolisi Macuphu turned home a corner from Thabo Rakhale, 1-0.

Ajax tried to hit back and came close to finding an equaliser in the 70th minute when Tashreeq Morris played Morne Nel through on goal, but he fired his shot from close range over the target with just the keeper to beat.

The Urban Warriors continued to push forward after that and were finally rewarded for their efforts in the 90th minute when a defensive error by Chippa allowed Zakri space and time on the ball inside the box, and he made no mistake from close range, 1-1.

Chippa (0) 1 (Macuphu 53’)

Ajax (0) 1 (Zakri 90’)

Chippa: Akpeyi, Macheke, Nsabiyumva, Okwuosa, Mako, Mntambo, Rakhale, Macuphu (Manqele 77’), Mabaso, Mayambela, Sali (Bergman 85’).

Ajax: February, Zwane, Booysen, Lebusa, Nhlapo (Morris 59’), Kabwe, Nel, Malepe (Julies 73’), Zakri, Losper (Margeman 53’), Lakay.