Ajax fall to AmaZulu

Ajax Cape Town fell to their first defeat of the Absa Premiership season by losing 2-1 to AmaZulu at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

It wasn’t the start Ajax Cape Town had hoped to have in their opening game on home soil. An own goal by Cecil Lolo and a second half strike by Carlington Nyadombo put AmaZulu on the road to victory.

A late goal by Nathan Paulse was merely a consolation.

Franklin Cale threatened with a long range drive in the fourth minute of the game, but they were swiftly dealt a heavy blow after Cecil Lolo turned the ball into the back of his net seven minutes later.

Aiden Jenniker was at fault for not clearing the ball properly, the small-framed right back came diving in to try header it clear, but it rocketed straight into the back of Sean Roberts’ goal.

The Urban Warriors went in a desperate search to find their way back into the game, but even with their processional play and pressure they struggled to procure a shot at goal.

Awal Issa did, however, did produce a disappointing effort which went well wide of the goal in the 20th minute, while Toriq Losper had his chance saved by Tapuwa Kapini.

It nearly turned to 2-0 for AmaZulu when Ayanda Dlamini’s ball went through the legs of Dominic Iaacs following a scrappy moment in defence. Sean Roberts, however, was equal to it.

Ajax were then dealt a blow just before the half hour mark when Losper had to be replaced by Keagan Dollie due to injury.

Just before the break, AmaZulu had penalties appeal waved away after Hlatshwayo brought down Bongani Ndulula on the edge of the penalty area.

Questions were asked as to why Ajax head coach, Muhsin Ertugral, hadn’t made any changes at the break as they fell 2-0 behind immediately after the restart.

Nkosinathi Mthiyane supplied a corner into the box and Ajax’s defence was left at sixes and sevens. They failed to clear their defensive lines as Carlington Nyadombo tapped the ball in at the far post.

The Usuthu continued to pile on the pressure and their attacks often left Ajax’s backline worse for wear.

Nathan Paulse, who came on as substitute, changed the scoreline to 2-1 on the stroke of fulltime with his diving headed goal which left Kapini rooted to the spot.

The goal made no difference, however, as Ajax fell to their first defeat of the season.

Ajax Cape Town: (0) 1 (Paulse 90’)

AmaZulu: (1) 2 (Lolo 11’ OG, Nyadombo 48’)

Teams:

Ajax Cape Town: Roberts, Lolo, Hlatshwayo, Issacs, Jenniker, Mobara, Cale, Graham (Alexander 69’), Rodgers (Paulse 61’), Manyama, Losper (Losper 29’)

AmaZulu: Kapini, Horaeb, Nyadombo, Teyise, Van Heerden, Madondo, Issah (Dlamini G 78’), Dlamini, Maqana, Ndulula (Mwedihanga 91’), Mthiyane (Zondi 78’)