MATCH CENTRE

SAT 16 APRIL 2016, 20:15, FNB STADIUM

0
VS
0

Chiefs held by Ajax

by BackPageTXT

Sat April 16, 22:11

Kaizer Chiefs have now gone five Absa Premiership matches without a victory after being held 0-0 by Ajax Cape Town at FNB Stadium on Saturday night.

The result mathematically confirms that the Amakhosi cannot catch league leaders Mamelodi Sundowns and officially brings about the end of their reign as champions.

The first half an hour of play saw little action, with Chiefs dominating possession but Ajax managed to crowd them out in midfield and ensure they had no real sight of Anssi Jaakkola’s goal. However, on 30 minutes the goalkeeper was finally called upon to keep out a long range effort from Willard Katsande.

That signalled the start of a period of major pressure from Chiefs, with Siphiwe Tshabalala superbly denied by Jaakkola a few minutes later before Bernard Parker shot wide from a good opportunity as the Amakhosi’s speed of passing and running began to overwhelm the visitors.

Chiefs’ best chance arrived just before the break when Parker played a perfectly weighted pass to put William Twala in on goal, but the winger’s low shot was blocked by the legs of Jaakkola, who was easily the busier of the two goalkeepers.

Ajax hardly threatened in the first half, but from their first corner kick of the match – which arrived four minutes after the restart – they very nearly broke the deadlock, as Nathan Paulse’s glancing header flashed just wide of the far post.

Just past the hour mark Paulse came close for a second time, shooting mere inches wide of Reyaad Pieterse’s left-hand post after a good set-up by substitute Asive Langwe, while 10 minutes later Tshabalala must have thought he had scored when he chipped a shot beyond Jaakkola, only for Mosa Lebusa to make a heroic clearance on the goal line.

Paulse came the closest of any player to a goal in the 79th minute, meeting Langwe’s right-flank cross with a diving header only to see his effort rebound to safety off the near post, with Pieterse completely beaten. The lanky striker was soon replaced by Prince Nxumalo.

In the final minute of regulation time Jaakkola once again came to the fore with a superb save, denying Parker in a one-on-one situation to ensure his team went home with a share of the spoils.

Kaizer Chiefs 0

Ajax Cape Town 0

Chiefs: Pieterse, Moleko, Cardoso, Mathoho, Masilela (Ritchie 76’), Baloyi (Maluleka 66’), Katsande, Twala, Tshabalala, Lebese (Ekstein 84’), Parker

Ajax: Jaakkola, Mabaso, Mobara, Coetzee, Lebusa, Mdabuka, Graham, Norodien (Langwe 60’), Isaacs, Morris (Losper 77’), Paulse (Nxumalo 80’)

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH FNB STADIUM
KAIZER CHIEFS GOALS AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
4 2
KAIZER CHIEFS STARTING LINEUP AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
1
Goalkeeper
32
Defender
3
Defender
2
Defender
3
Defender
5
Defender
72'
18
Defender
3
Defender
66'
35
Midfielder
18
Defender
67'
76'
24
Midfielder
20
Midfielder
84'
17
Midfielder
8
Midfielder
14
Midfielder
60'
31
Midfielder
27'
31
Midfielder
40'
77'
14
Midfielder
54'
0
Midfielder
6
Forward/Striker
25
Forward/Striker
48'
80'
29
SUBSTITUTIONS
George Maluleka
Midfielder
66'
12
Asive Langwe
Midfielder
60'
19
Keegan Ritchie
Defender
76'
13
Toriq Losper
Midfielder
77'
10
Hendrick Ekstein
Midfielder
84'
27
Prince Nxumalo
Forward/Striker
80'
15
CARDS
Willard Katsande
Midfielder
27'
31
Tasriq Morris
Midfielder
40'
14
William Thwala
Midfielder
54'
0
Nathan Paulse
Forward/Striker
48'
29
Tsepo Masilela
Defender
67'
24
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
GALLERY
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