Ajax Cape Town beat Bidvest Wits 2-1 in their Nedbank Cup clash on Friday night at Athlone Stadium, to book a place in the semi-finals. Goals from Tashreeq Morris and Bantu Mzwakali separated the two sides, who put up an entertaining performance under the misty conditions Cape conditions. The Urban Warriors broke the deadlock in the 14th minute when a cross on the right flank from man-of-the-match Riyaad Norodien, missed by Nathan Paulse, found Morris who tapped into the back of net.
It did not take much time for the visitors to fight back with goal attempts from Sibusiso Vilakazi and Buhle Mkhwanazi, only for both to be denied by the woodwork. Sameegh Doutie and Siyabonga Nhlapho also missed chances, while Finland-born goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola had to make great saves to keep his side one-up. The half-time score was 1-0 to Roger De Sa’s side.
The Clever Boys came back in the second half and continued from where they left off, asking questions of their opponents, as another long-range strike from Ben Motshwari was again denied by the post. De Sa’s charges put the nail in the coffin during stoppage time with a header from substitute Mzwakali that found Moeneeb Josephs napping and bounced into the back of the net to put the hosts two goals ahead and seemingly out of sight.
However Wits pulled one back immediately through an acrobatic strike from captain Thulani Hlatshwayo in the Ajax box. But it was too little too late for Gavin Hunt’s men, as Ajax will be going into the hat for the semi-final draw.