Ajax Cape Town are the new MTN8 champions after defeating holders Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth. Ajax started the match convincingly receiving the first free kick of the match in the first minute after Nathan Paulse was brought down by Reneilwe Letsholonyane but Willard Katsande cleared the dangerous free kick played into the box. Minutes later, Paulse’s header went over the bar following a cross to the far side.
Chiefs received a corner kick in the ninth minute after Riyaad Norodien cleared Tsepo Masilela’s cross and Anssi Jaakkola made a great save. Rivaldo Coetzee received a yellow card after bringing down Bernard Parker going into the box but the free kick didn’t bring any danger to the Urban Warriors. The Cape club was denied a clear goal in the 22nd minute after the official ruled Cecil Lolo’s header offside.
Paulse’s attempt at goal hit the cross bar in the 27th minute leaving Amakhosi to capitalise with a counter but failed to connect with the final touch going forward. Itumeleng Khune made a fantastic save in the 33rd minute stretching to push away Mobara’s header attempt. The Soweto giants started the second half attacking and almost got an opener after Siphelele Mthembu’s header went wide connecting with Siphiwe Tshabalala’s cross.
Moments later, Mzwakali Bantu’s shot went inches over the bar as Ajax searched for the lead. Paulse scored the opening goal of the match in the 55th minute from the penalty mark after he was brought down in the box by Eric Mathoho. A set piece to the Gauteng side in the 60th minute was awarded after Tshabalala was brought down just outside the box by Abbubaker Mobara but it was a poorly taken set piece from the captain.
The Glamour Boys launched quite a number of attacks but Ajax cleared every ball in their half. This is Roger De Sa’s first trophy since taking charge at Ikamva at the start of last season while Steve Komphela has missed his chance to land silverware at the first attempt as Chiefs boss.