AJAX Cape Town and SuperSport United played to a goalless draw at the Cape Town Stadium in a match full of mistakes, which could have easily gone either way.
A quiet first half saw the two sides go into the interval locked at 0-0, with the applause from local fans regarding Matthew Booth’s debut the most exciting element of the first 45 minutes.
In the second minute, Anthony Laffor found himself in a one-on-one with Sander Westerveld after a mis-communication between Booth and Nazeer Allie, but the veteran shot stopper came out tops.
A minute later, George Maluleka nut-megged Mario Booysen and crossed for Khama Billiat, but Morgan Gould bossed his way through and cleared.
Booth came close on two occasions from corners. In the 16th minute, Mokeke’s corner directed towards Booth and reached him, but he directed his header wide.
And again in the 25th minute, Manyama’s cross looked to be destined for Booth who was denied by superb defending from Booysen.
Then Laffor tried a long range shot and it beat Westerveld, but went wide.
SuperSport managed to find the back of the net, but the goal was ruled for off-side.
In the second half, neat play from Ajax saw Brent Carelse put through down the left flank, but his low cross was cleared by Gould.
Laffor continued to trouble the Ajax defence as his shot from range sailed wide.
Then a beautiful build up from SuperSport in the 49th minute saw Atusaye Nyondo strike the upright with Westerveld well beaten.
Overall the match was characterised by mistakes from both teams and lacked genuine quality in the final third.
Ajax: Westerveld, Hlatshwayo, Booth, Allie, Mokeke, Alexander, Vilakazi (Shabalala), Carelse (Fanteni), Manyama (Rusike), Maluleka, Billiat
SuperSport: Williams, Booysen, Nkausu, Laffor (Maluleka), Hartog (Nyanda), Langerman, Gould, September, Mdluli (Selolwane), Nyondo, Moon.
In another league match played this evening, Moroka Swallows temporarly moved to the second position of the log after they played to a goalless draw against the visiting Bloemfontein Celtic at the Volkswagen Dobsonville Stadium.-Backpagepix