Urban Warriors suffer further heartache in Bethlehem

Urban Warriors suffer further heartache in Bethlehem
Mosa Lebusa of Ajax Cape Town challenges Edward Manqele of Free State Stars during the Absa Premiership 2017/18 match between Free State Stars and Ajax Cape Town on 18 October 2017 at Goble Park Stadium @Sydney Mahlangu/BackpagePix

by Bertin Basson

Wednesday Oct 18, 2017. 22:02

Ajax Cape Town failed in their quest to put an end to their Ea Lla Koto hoodoo, with goals from Edward Manqele and Mohammed Anas leading Free State Stars to all three points at Goble Park on Wednesday evening.

Victory extends the Bethlehem-based club's unblemished Absa Premiership home record against their visitors to 15 games.

The Urban Warriors highlighted their intent from the onset and were first to settle in the midweek fixture.

But, having failed to convert a catalogue of chances, the hosts made Stanley Menzo's troops pay two minutes short of the interval. Manqele with the opening goal of the game.

Stars' 1-0 up at the interval.

The sucker punch before the break was compounded five minutes into the second-half as Anas drilled his effort past Brandon Petersen.

Desperate for a way back into the game, Menzo introduced both Prince Nxumalo and Sedwyn George in attack.

Tashreeq Morris, though, would go closest with the forward desperately unlucky to see his rasping effort canon off the woodwork and away from danger in the 66th minute.

Ajax Cape Town continued to probe, but were unable to deny Ea Lla Koto a third straight league win. A frustrating night for the Cape side, who looked threatening with throughout.

Free State Stars (1) 2 (Manqele 43' Anas 50')

Ajax Cape Town (0) 0

Free State Stars: Sangare; Phungwayo, Mbhele, Keita - Vilakazi, Dlamini (Mashego 86'), Jantjie, Mobbie - Potsane (Mahamutsa 70'), Manqele (Hlubi 57'), Anas.

Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Evans, Booysen, Nhlapo, Lebusa - Pietersen, Margeman (Nemukondeni 77'), Mdabuka (Nxumalo 53') - Uzoenyi (George 65'), Mosadi, Morris.

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