Ajax win Cape Town derby
A wonder chip from Ajax Cape Town’s Brazilian Wanderson was enough to complete their comeback against Chippa United in a 3-2 Absa Premiership win at Cape Town Stadium.
Jan Pruijn opted for a completely different line-up to his usual, as he gave Cecil Lolo and Wanderson their first starts of the season, while Travis Graham made his second start.
Chippa got the better part of the start to the game when they troubled a Matthew Booth-less Ajax defence. Andile Mbeyane attempted a shot at goal, in the sixth minute, but Sander Westerveld rushed off his line and did well slide his foot under the ball to slice it away.
On the 18, Khama Billiat was sent on a good run when he intertwined through the box before beating Daouda Kassaly at the near post.
Chippa’s resilience has been key in their three-match unbeaten run and it proved to be the case when Welcome Qalanto responded a minute later when he too beat the ‘keeper at the near post to equalise the scoreline.
Ajax came agonisingly close just before the half hour when Billiat hit the woodwork after the ball scrambled in the box from a set-piece.
Larry Cohen has been on a good run of form under Farouk Abrahams and it only continued when he changed the score around to 2-1 with a slotted ball under Westerveld’s body in the 33rd minute.
Ajax came out with guns blazing in the second half and they immediately found the back of the net when Mosa Lebusa atoned for his error on Chippa second goal when put the ball into the back of the net from a corner kick.
The goal seemed to give Ajax and extra burst of life when they reclaimed the lead, on the hour mark and for the second time in the game, when Kassaly rushed off his line to miss place a ball at Wanderson’s feet. The Brazilian neatly chipped the effort over the shot-stopper and into the back of the net to score a beaut of a goal.
One former Ajax man replaced another when Brent Carelse made way for Mfundo Shumana with just 15 minutes left to play, but it made no difference as Ajax went on to win their third game of the season.
Ajax Cape Town (1) 3 (Billiat 18’, Lebusa 47’, Wanderson 62’)
Chippa United (2) 2 (Qalanto 19’) (Cohen 33’)
Ajax Cape Town: Westerveld, Lolo, Hlatshwayo, Allie, Lebusa, Graham (Mokeke 80’), Wanderson (Rusike 75’), Losper, Billiat, Scott, Manyama
Chippa United: Kassaly, Moonsamy, Matomane, Sithole, Okwuosa, Cohen, Siwahla, Carelse (Shumana 74’), Qalanto (Alexander 59’), Mbenyane, Nqothani (Brown 57’)