By NAKAMPE LEKWADU
AJAX Cape Town applied breaks to Kaizer Chiefs’ Absa Premiership title hopes with a surprise 3-1 victory at the packed Cape Town Stadium.
The victory saw the Urban Warriors reclaimed their 14th position on the log with 27 points from 28 matches.
Before this match, football experts had tipped Chiefs to win this one to cap their glorious season with a league title but it was not meant to be as the Naturena-based side had to suffer some early night-mares when the home side took the lead in the 35th minutes of the game via Lebogang Manyama forcing the match to 1-0 at break.
The was no much in the second half and it looked like the Urban Warriors would emerged as winners with that lone goal, but Tefo Mashamaite had a different idea as he brought the Cape Town Stadium to life when he headed home Siphiwe Tshabalala’s ell taken corner kick in the 78th minutes.
The goal seemed to have motivated the mighty Amakhosi and a draw was going to be a fair result for them as it would have meant more points in the bag, but something worse which looked like calamity or a dark cloud happened in the visitors’ camp when Manyama silenced their fans with his second goal and this time with a fine header after he connected with Mabhiti Khenyeza’s cross in the 87th minutes. As if that was not enough, Khenyeza hammered the last nail on top of Chiefs’ coffin to make it 3-1 to make sure the Cape bag the maximum point.
This was Chiefs’ second defeat of the season after having lost 4-0 to Platinum Stars in the first round, and it comes hardly three days after their 1-1 draw match against the same Stars in Polokwane’s Peter Mokba Stadium in Limpopo.
Ironically, another Cape side and relegation threatened Chippa United pulled a surprise 1-0 victory over yet another Soweto giants, Orlando Pirates last night at Orlando Stadium.