In the build up to the match between Bidvest Wits and Ajax Cape Town, Wits defender Matthew Booth reinforced that his side should not make the fatal error of underestimating Ajax due to their poor form. His commanding words to his troops reiterated the importance of not losing focus on keeping track with runaway league leaders Kaizer Chiefs.
Booth said, “Ajax are on a rough patch and we don’t want them getting back to form on our expense. It won’t be an easy game for us especially after the Pirates match but we know that we need to get back to winning ways if we are to keep in touch with the likes of Chiefs at the top of the table.”
The Urban Warriors and the Clever Boys kicked off in the backyard of the home team, Cape Town Stadium. As the nicknames of the teams suggest, the affair was a clear contest and illustration of two teams with different approaches to football. The Warrior approach and the Clever approach. Both respectable in their own right.
But it was Ajax and their warrior approach that claimed bragging rights in Cape Town, thanks to former Santos winger Carl Lark’s awareness to pick up a loss ball and dispatch of it into the back of the net within the 5th minute. The first 15 minutes of the match saw the Urban Warriors playing at a level their opposition could not keep up with and the best opportunity prior to the goal came by the one who would eventually score it. Lark found himself with more space than he knew what to do with on the right hand side of the pitch and the resultant shot went wide of the gap between the goal posts he was aiming for. A wasted opportunity he soon made up for within minutes, scoring the only goal of the game.
On the stroke of half-time saw Clever Boy Dan Kowa did something that was not so clever. Kowa was shown a red card for a mind-boggling elbow to the head of Abbukaker Moraba in a battle for the ball in the air.
Wits looked galvanised in the second half as they created chance after chance in pursuit of the leveller. Bhasera took a cracker from 24 yards out and caused Warriors shot-stopper Jaakkola to once again display why he is the man for the job. The keeper was prudent enough to tip the blasted ball out for a corner.
Ian Taylor’s men were crowned winners of this Absa Premiership tie. The win, Ajax’s first win in three matches, sees them climb up the log to ninth, one place above where they were positioned before the 90 minute showdown. Ajax Cape Town are now on 22 points.