MATCH CENTRE

WED 11 APRIL 2018, 19:30, CAPE TOWN STADIUM

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VS
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Reigning PSL champs suffer defeat at Athlone Stadium

by Phumzile Ngcatshe

Wed April 11, 21:43

Bidvest Wits failed to take the full three points when they lost 1-0 to Ajax Cape Town in the Absa Premiership at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

In the wake of this loss, the Braamfontein-based side sits 10th on the log table with 32 points and will meet log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns on Saturday.

For Muhsin Ertugral’s men, the solitary goal came through Yannick Zakri and will travel to Chippa United in high spirits this weekend.

Both camps started the game on a high note, but the hosts showed danger when Zakri weaved his way past a few defenders, yet he could not hit the target when his shot went over the crossbar in the seventh minute.

The were no clear-cut chances after the 15th minute, but Isaac Nhlapo came close to scoring when he failed to convert from close range in 21st.

Ajax continued to push and Zakri would break the deadlock in the 26th minute when Fagrie Lakay played the ball in behind the Wits defence, allowing the Ivorian to slip it past Darren Keet.

Right at the half-hour mark, the reigning league champions pushed for an equaliser and it was Thabang Monare who saw his miscued effort not troubling Jody February.

Lehlohonolo Majoro gave February something to worry about on the stroke of half time, but the net minder was equal to the task.

It was 1-0 at half time to the Urban Warriors.

The Clever Boys came back from the tunnel chasing an equaliser, but at the other end Keet produced a fine save to deny Lakay’s effort from a tight angle in the 63rd minute.

Two minutes later, former Ajax skipper Granwald Scott came close to finding the back of the net, but fired inches over February’s crossbar.

Gavin Hunt’s troops continued to take the game to Muhsin Ertugral’s Warriors towards the final 10 minutes, but they could not penetrate Ajax, who defended very deep.

However, with six minutes remaining, Lakay blasted his effort over the crossbar in front of an empty net after a delightful pass from the goalscorer.

Resulting from this win for the hosts, Ajax remain at number 15 with 27 points and have four matches to finish their campaign.

Ajax Cape Town (1) 1 (Zakri 26’)
Bidvest Wits 0

Ajax Cape Town: February, Zwane (Kammies 46’), Booysen, Lebusa, Nhlapo, Kabwe, Nel, Malepe, Zakri (Morris 85’), Losper (Takwara 78’), Lakay

Bidvest Wits: Keet, Allie, Scott, Monare, Pule (Keene 53’), Hlanti (Ritchie 84’), Claasen, Mkhwanazi, Gyimah, Mosiatlhaga, Majoro

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
LEAGUE MATCH CAPE TOWN STADIUM
AJAX CAPE TOWN GOALS BIDVEST WITS GOALS
44. Yannick Zakri (26')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1 1
AJAX CAPE TOWN STARTING LINEUP BIDVEST WITS STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
22
Goalkeeper
1
Defender
13
Defender
15
Defender
30
Defender
19
Defender
5
Defender
2
Defender
46'
43
Defender
75'
84'
13
Defender
36'
29
23
Midfielder
6
Midfielder
27
Midfielder
16
Midfielder
26
Midfielder
78'
10
Midfielder
8
Forward/Striker
41
Midfielder
53'
12
Forward/Striker
26'
85'
44
Forward/Striker
45
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sergio Kammies
Defender
46'
25
James Keene
Midfielder
53'
28
Gerald Takwara
Midfielder
78'
38
Keegan Ritchie
Defender
84'
13
Tashreeq Morris
Forward/Striker
85'
11
CARDS
Tercious Malepe
Defender
36'
29
Sfiso Hlanti
Defender
75'
13
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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