Ajax Cape Town opened its 2015/16 season with a 1-0 MTN8 win over Orlando Pirates at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night. The Urban Warriors move on to the semi-finals of the tournament thanks to the win. Goalkeeper Brighton Mhlongo kept the Buccaners in the game with important saves.
At the other end of the field Pirates created chances but failed to convert any. Influential midfielder Sifiso Myeni looked out of the game from the first whistle. Fellow winger Thabo Rakhale did not look his usual self either.
In fact, the home team looked more worn out from the CAF Confederation Cup fixtures they have been honouring throughout the preseason. Nevertheless, Bucs still had three good chances in the first half. Ajax captain Granwald Scott led from the back as he marshalled his men and bossed his back line.
Scott’s defence managed to go into the break without conceding as the half ended 0-0. In the second stanza both teams seemed to be cancelling each other out again. However 10 minutes into the half debutant Ndiviwe Mdabuka connected with a rebound ball just outside of the box to send the ball into the back of the net.
This was after some poor defending from the Soweto outfit. The 6 408 crowd urged Eric Tinkler’s men forward with every attack after the goal was conceded. However it was not to be.
Chances continued to go by without success. A late penalty appeal by Mpho Makola, after he was brought down in the box by Anssi Jaakkola summarised the night his team was having. Roger De Sa’s side move into the next round while the Sea Robbers turn their attention to the continent as they welcome Tunisian giants CS Sfaxien at the same venue on Saturday at 20:15. The game will be broadcast on SABC 3 and SuperSport 4.