Ajax Cape Town remain in eighth place on the Absa Premiership log standings following a 0-0 draw away to Orlando Pirates at Orlando Stadium.
Victory in the Urban Warriors final game of the season, at home to Baroka will seal their place in next season’s MTN8 competition. The Buccaneers, on the other hand, are in serious danger of missing out on a top eight finish for the first time since the league was restructured two decades ago.
It was a game of few chances with both teams restricted to long range attempts throughout the 90 minutes, on what was a cold night in Soweto.
The first real chance of the match fell to Oupa Manyisa in the 24th minute, but the Buccaneers skipper could only send his shot wide of target with the goal at his mercy.
Chances continued to be at a premium with the Urban Warriors first opportunity coming nine minutes after the interval. Rodrick Kabwe’s corner-kick superbly met on the volley by Roscoe Pietersen, who was unlucky to see his attempt fly over the crossbar.
The Buccaneers had a late chance to snatch all three points in front of their home fans, but Brandon Petersen was on hand to keep out Marc Van Heerden’s rocket from range in the 89th minute.
A fourth clean-sheet in succession for the Urban Warriors goal-minder, who will be aiming to keep a fifth as Stanley Menzo’s troops aim to end the season on a high at home to bottom of the table Baroka.