Rusike gives Maritzburg win over Ajax

Maritzburg United continued their impressive start to the season with a 2-0 Absa Premiership win over Ajax Cape Town at the Harry Gwala Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The Team of Choice made it two wins from two matches with a brace from Evans Rusike guiding the club to a fourth successive win over the Urban Warriors, who remain winless.

Stanley Menzo was forced into an early change with Junaid Sait coming on for his debut in the 14th minute, following an injury to Isaac Nhlapo.

The change resulted in a switch in formation with the Urban Warriors opting for a three-man defensive line.

Ajax Cape Town held their own during the early exchanges, but the hosts slowly started to dominate - brimming with confidence following successive wins - and duly hit the front on the half-hour mark.

Evans Rusike building on his bright start to the season, nodding home Bandile Shandu's precise cross.

The Zimbabwean forward was at it again in the 42nd minute, but Brandon Petersen pulled off a superb save to deny the Team of Choice a second.

Maritzburg 1-0 up at the interval.

The Urban Warriors looked a different animal following the break and Tashreeq Morris had the ball in the back of the net in the 55th minute. The forward, though, was denied his first of the campaign as he was adjudged to have fouled goalkeeper Bongani Mpandle.

Maritzburg found their rhythm soon after and with parity restored, Rusike doubled the hosts lead with the forward completing his brace with 66 minutes on the clock.

Ajax Cape Town tried to fight their way back into the encounter, but Fadlu Davids' troops stood firm as they subsequently climb to the top of the Absa Premiership standings.

Maritzburg United (1) 2 (Rusike 30' 66')
Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

United: Mpandle , Sanoka, Fransman, Xulu, Makaringe, Ndlovu, Shandu, Maboe (De Reuck 88') , Saal (Kunene 60'), Mekoa, Rusike (Mokate 87')

Ajax: Petersen; Isaacs, Nhlapo (Sait 14'), Chipeta, Lebusa - Mdabuka (Nxumalo 70'), Margeman - Mosadi, Kabwe, Mzwakali - Morris (George 78').