Warriors unfazed

Thami Nqolobe

Thami Nqolobe

Ajax Cape Town coach Craig Rosslee is confident that Thembinkosi "Terror" Fanteni's imminent departure for Israel's Maccabi Haifa will not affect the Urban Warriors since they already have a replacement.

Rosslee said this after his side lost 1-2 to Santos in a thrilling Absa Premiership League game at Athlone Stadiumon on Saturday evening.

"We are going to miss Thembinkosi but the team's followers must not worry because we have a player who will carry on Fanteni's good work," Rosslee said.

Rosslee's sentiments were echoed by the team's public relations officer, Shoes Mekuto, who said Fanteni's departure came at the right time because they want to prove that Ajax are playing as a unit and not as individuals.

The player to fill Fanteni's place is Andile Mbenyana, who comes from their development structures.

Santos took the lead in the 16th minute when Thando Mngomeni saw his powerful curling free kick hit the net, leaving Ajax keeper,Hans Vonk stranded on the turf.

Ajax levelled matters in the 51st minute through Eduardo Ferreira from a corner taken by Brett Evans.

But their joy was shortlived as Santos sealed the game in the 53rd minute when Erwin Isaacs' penalty hit the net after Eleazar Rodgers was brought down inside the box by Ajax defender Nazeer Allie.

l Bidvest Wits had to sweat in the rain before beating Thanda Royal Zulu 1-0 at home in a Premiership clash on Saturday.

lBlack Leopards drew 0-0 with Jomo Cosmos.