Ajax on the Absa Premiership’s drive seat

AJAX Cape Town climbed top of the Absa Premiership table after the latest round of action over the weekend when there was an impressive win for Kaizer Chiefs and a shock loss for Mamelodi Sundowns.

The Urban Warriors beat Polokwane City 2-1 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday night to overtake Mpumalanga Black Aces at the summit, with champions Amakhosi recording a fine come-from-behind 4-1 demolition of SuperSport United.

Meanwhile, the Brazilians lost 2-1 at promoted Lamontville Golden Arrows as the league swung back into action following the international break.

All seven games produced goals with 20 scored in total, the most coming at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane where a remarkable second-half showing saw Steve Komphela’s side bag a famous win.

The Soweto giants fell behind to a Dove Wome (22) goal midway through the first half and trailed until the 49th minute when George Lebese levelled.

After Ivan Bukenya (58) put Chiefs ahead nine minutes later, Dean Furman was sent off and impressive Bafana Bafana winger Lebese further stretched the lead in the 88th minute.

Siphiwe Tshabalala then added a fourth from the penalty deep into stoppage time as Steve Komphela’s men climbed third.

In Cape Town, Ajax claimed their third successive victory thanks to goals from Nathan Paulse (5) and Abbubaker Mobara (7). Jabu Maluleke (15) netted what proved to be a consolation.

The Urban Warriors have nine points, the same number as Bidvest Wits, who won the battle of the universities 1-0 against University of Pretoria thanks to a Jabulani Shongwe (51) goal at Tuks Stadium.

Platinum Stars are now fourth after Robert Ng’ambi (12) and Eleazar Rodgers (30) goals saw them oust Jomo Cosmos 2-1 at Olen Park. Ezenkosi, who lost for the first time this term, netted a consolation through Cheslyn Jampies (74).

Bloemfontein Celtic jumped to fifth following an impressive 2-0 win over Maritzburg United, a result that saw the Team of Choice slip to the bottom of the table, at Harry Gwala Stadium.

Thapelo Morena (40) and Musa Nyatama (45) were the scorers in Pietermaritzburg.

Up the road in Durban, Mabhuti Khenyeza’s (7) early penalty added to a Ryan Chapman goal (71) sent Arrows to seventh on the table with a 2-1 win over Sundowns.

The Brazilians, who were only briefly in the game through a Themba Zwane (47) goal, had Bongani Zungu sent off after just 18 minutes.

Finally at Goble Park, Free State Stars won for the first time this term with a convincing 3-0 drubbing of Chippa United

Andrea Fileccia (34 and 84) netted a brace either side of a Danny Venter (77) goal to seal a lop-sided win.

Aces and Orlando Pirates were not in action due to the latter being involved in the CAF Confederation Cup.-www.sports-focus.co.zaAjax_Cape_Town_17247_250x250

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