A late penalty by Botswana international Dipsy Selolwane helped Ajax Cape Town to defend their Old Mutual Mangaung Cup when they beat SuperSport United 2-1 in the final at Seisa Ramabodu Stadium yesterday.
The Urban Warriors were awarded a penalty after Oscar Ntwagae rough-tackled Cole Alaxander inside the danger box in the referee's optional time.
Selolwane stepped up and converted from the resultant penalty.
The match started at a fast pace but both teams treaded cautiously in an effort not to concede early goals.
But it was United who broke the ice through Glen Salmon.
Salmon beat Ajax goalie Sean Roberts with a low shot from close range in the 13th minute.
The goal, however, did not demoralise Ajax as they launched attack after attack on United in search of an equaliser.
They were rewarded for their efforts after Franklin Cale beat veteran United goalminder Andre Arendse from an awkward angle three minutes before the break.
The second half was an evenly-matched affair but both teams disappointed in front of goal.
Daine Klate and Antony Laffor were the main culprits from the United side.
Mkhanyiseli Siwahla and Alexander squandered scoring chances for Ajax.
Alexander missed an easy goal in the 88th minute when he missed an open net.
This was after he had rounded off Arendse.
Ajax won the tournament last year when they beat Free State Stars 2-0 in the final.
Matsatsantsa reached the final yesterday after pipping Swallows 2-1 in the first semifinal match.
Craig Rosslee's Ajax, on the other hand, beat Bloemfontein Celtic 5-4 on penalties to qualify for the final.