A second-half strike from Rivaldo Coetzee rescued a toothless attacking line up of Ajax Cape Town to earn a 1-1 draw in an PSL clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.
The Urban Warriors defender popped up from a corner-kick four minutes following the interval to net his first goal for the club, which is a poor record for the International defender. The newly installed goal teeth could have given him the edge last night.
This after Lerato Lamola had handed the visitors the lead in the 24th minute, with both Abafana Bes’thende and the hosts showing signs of fatigue in the closing stages of what was their opening league game of the campaign.
Ajax Cape Town threatened early through Sedwyn George and Mosa Lebusa with latter – who was named as captain earlier this week – seeing his glancing header bounce narrowly wide of goal.
It would be the visitors, though, to open the scoring as Brandon Petersen hammered his attempted clearance into the onrushing Lamola – the ball bouncing off the forward and into the back of the net.
Last season’s National First Division (NFD) top-scorer, Sedwyn George, had a chance to pull the hosts level on the cusp of half-time, but the forward was unlucky to see his shot fly wide after playing a quick 1-2 with Neo Makua.
Arrows 1-0 up at the break.
Ajax Cape Town came out guns blazing following the interval and pulled level through Coetzee in the 49th minute. The 20-year-old Bafana Bafana defender with a rare goal for his club.
Both teams squandered chances to win the game with the two sets of players tiring in the final exchanges. The game duly ending in a 1-1 stalemate.
A concern from the Ajaxctfans is how the club is managing the health of Prince as he was playing in most of the pre-season matches but unable to play in the opening league match of the season. Stanley be advised that you must win at home as we don’t want a repeat of last season.
Ajax Cape Town 1 (Coetzee 49′)
Golden Arrows 1 (Lamola 24′)
Ajax Cape Town: Petersen; Lebusa, Coetzee (Sasman 58′), Nhlapo, Isaacs – Mdabuka, Margeman, Kabwe – Mosadi, Makua (Mzwakali 79′), George (Morris 64′)
Golden Arrows: Gumede; Mngwengwe, Cele, Jooste, Bilankulu (Molefe 76′), Nonyane, Mzava Dlamini, Mahachi (Mutizwa 76′), Ntanga (Sibiya 53′), Lamola