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Football | Absa Premiership

George Maluleka and Toriq Losper © Backpagepix

Ajax, SuperSport open with draw



Ajax Cape Town fought back through Terror Fanteni to draw 1-1 with SuperSport United at Cape Town Stadium in the opening 2012/13 Absa Premiership match of the season.

The Urban Warriors were without Bradley Grobler and Keagan Dolly, due to problems with their clearance certificates, while new arrival Koen van de Laak made his debut.

Khama Billiat came close to opening the scoring five minutes in, when he was left open to take a shot in the big box, but Davis Nkausu did well to clear.

Billiat tested Ronwen Williams once again with his shot outside the box in the 12th minute, but it was Franklin Cale who came close with his curling free-kick which inched past Sander Westerveld’s goal.

Edwin Gyimah became the first player added to the referee’s book due to a late challenge in the 23rd minute, before SuperSport came close again.

This time it was through Nathan Paulse, who was poking in the box but Nazeer Allie’s challenge allowed Westerveld to gather.

Six minutes after the half hour, Billiat continued to threaten when he struck the side netting of Williams’ goal.

Ashley Hartog made way for Moffat Mdluli at the start of the second half and it was Gavin Hunt’s men who snuck in the deadlock breaking goal.

The Dutch goalkeeper was caught yards off his line, allowing Sibusiso Zuma to chip from range and hit the back of the net.

Nhlanhla Vilakazi was given as 25 minute run-out, when he replaced Losper in the midfield, and Mabhudi Khenyeza replaced Paulse just two minutes later.

Koen van de Laak let rip with a powerful shot at goal, but the impressive Williams managed to tip the ball around the angular of the goal, in the 72nd minute.

After seeing a colossal amount of chances go begging, Terror Fanteni managed to draw Ajax level when he turned on the ball and sliced it into the far post, making it difficult for the young Williams to reach. That goal was in the 79th minute.

Bevan Fransman was booked in the 80th minute for a rash challenge, but it was Maarten Stekelnberg’s men who continued to push as Gavin Hunt opted for the defensive by bringing in Roscoe Pietersen in place of George Maluleka.

Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Fanteni 79’)
SuperSport United: (0) 1 (Zuma 50’)

Ajax: Westerveld, Hlatswayo, Allie, Booth (Vesi 77’), Lebusa, Scott, Billiat, Losper (Vilakazi 65’), Van de Laak (Van Graan 77’), Fanteni, Manyama

SuperSport: Williams, Fransman, Nkausu, Thwala, Diouf, Maluleka (Pietersen 80’), Gyimah, Hartog (Mdluli 45’), Cale, Paulse (Khenyeza 67’), Zuma.

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