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ajax raid sinks pirates' ship

By unknown | Dec 15, 2008 | COMMENTS [ 0 ]

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

Mcelwa Nchabeleng

If there is a team that is gradually climbing the ladder of success in local football, it is Ajax Cape Town.

Their fans, and those of Orlando Pirates, are without doubt now convinced of The Urban Warriors' prowess.

They all sang praises of Craig Rosslee's side after it won the Telkom Knockout at a packed Chatsworth Stadium in Durban on Saturday night.

"Ajax are simply the best," read one of the banners carried by one of the of the Cape side's fans.

Badly outnumbered in the terraces, the Ajax fan, though, was confident of victory that he proudly hoisted the banner well before and after the match, much to the chagrin of his counterparts.

The defeat extended Pirates' barren spell without a major trophy to donkey-years.

Interestingly, Bucs' coach Rudi Krol does not regard this defeat as a train smash because he is confident in the Buccaneers' potential to win a major trophy under his tutelage.

"Granted, we are disappointed by the defeat as we were so close to winning this cup, but we should not sit down and cry about it without finding ways to make amends," said a glum-looking Krol in the post-match interview.

He refused to publicly criticise his defenders for their failure to prevent the two goals.

Rosslee, the Ajax side's mentor, was full of praise for his charges after they bagged the R4,25 million cheque that came with the prestigious piece of silverware.

"I would be lying if I say that the players did not make me, the supporters and the management of the club happy tonight," said Rosslee.

The two goals were scored by the talented yet sometimes controversial forward, Mabhuti Khenyeza, in the 9th and 26th minutes. The former Lamontville Golden Arrows and Kaizer Chiefs striker, deservedly walked away with the man of the match award.

"When I joined Ajax, it was against the backdrop of some controversies at my former clubs, but I explained myself to the coach and he understood my position," said Khenyeza.

He added: "I will continue working hard to ensure the success of my team."

He scored his goal after a square pass from Franklin Cale - Rooi Mahamutsa had failed to deal with the forceful Ajax left winger.

Khenyeza was later given the space by Bucs' defenders to slot his second, beating Moneeb Josephs with an easy goal after a pass from enterprising defender Clayton Daniels.

Pirates pulled one back through substitute Siphelele Mthembu in the 74th minute.

There were tears all round for Pirates when first half substitute Bennet Chenene missed, by centimetres, what everybody had thought was the elusive equaliser on the stroke of full-time.

Chenene had come on for Sello Mhlambi while Mthembu replaced Benson Mhlongo.


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