Sibongiseni Gumbi
Football Writer
4 minute read
7 Mar 2020
10:57 am

Ajax suffer crippling defeat in ‘Cape derby’ as they fail to extend lead

Sibongiseni Gumbi

Ajax Cape Town missed a chance to go eight points clear atop the GladAfrica Championship on Friday afternoon after losing 1-0 to Cape Umoya United in a Cape derby.

Ajax Cape Town players discuss tactics during GladAfrica Championship 2019/20 game between Cape Umoya United and Ajax Cape Town at Athlone Stadium. (Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix)

The Urban Warriors’ coach Calvin Marlin had indicated before the match that they expect a tough encounter as all the Cape sides double their efforts when they play Ajax.

It was their former player wo recently joined the Spirited Ones, Riyaad Norodien who did te damage in the 48th minute with a tap in from an awkward angle, finishing off a move started by Ndiviwe “Diva” Mdabuka in the centre of the park.

The win takes Umoya’s tally to 28 points and puts some distance between them and teams in the relegation zone going into the rest of the weekend’s matches. It would now seem the ball is in Swallows FC and Uthongathi FC’s courts to close the gap on the Championship leaders.

A win for the Dube Birds at University of Pretoria will cut the gap to just two points and will cut it to four if they manage to get a win away at Mbombela United.

Other fixtures

Saturday

FS Stars v Mbombela United, at Goble Park Stadium, 3.30pm

Ea Lla Koto will feel they still have a chance at finishing in the play-offs position and make a run for the full points especially at home against a side who have been struggling and are in te relegation places.

But Tingwenyama will want to climb out of their current position with a rare win away. Mbombela are 15th and Stars are ninth and not really safe from relegation either.

Real Kings v Jomo Cosmos, at Chatsworth Stadium, 3.30pm

The Magic Boys coach, Mike Lukubeni has told Phakaaathi that he is confident his team will meet their set goals of promotion this season.

“It is not an easy game. The teams at the bottom are always the most difficult to plan for because they are fighting for their lives and throw everything at you. They sometimes don’t care how they play so long they get the result.

“Playing top teams is easier because they are a little cautious in their approach because they don’t want to be caught,” said the former Steenberg United coach. Ezenkosi are naturally a team wo spare nothing and Lukhubeni is aware of that. He said the have tried their best to ensure they are not caught off-guard by Jomo Sono’s side’s sometimes rough display.

The Magic Boys are eighth and Ezenkosi are 14th.

Tshakuma v TS Galaxy, at Thohoyandou Stadium, 3.30pm

Tshakuma are in the mix for at least a play-offs position finish and will want to keep their recent decent run going. But the Rockets have a new found fighting spirit after the arrival of coach Mabhuti Khenyeza. It should be an exciting game.

TS Sporting v Uthongathi FC, at KaBokweni Stadium, 3.30pm

The Cane Cutters have stalled and fell back to third in the standings with indifferent results lately. They go to Abantu Bemthetho hoping for some redemption. But they will find te going tough at a rejuvenated Nedbank Cup quarter-finalists.

Sunday

Pretoria University v Swallows FC, at Tuks Stadium, 3.30pm

The sides come from contrasting forms with the Dube Birds enjoying a great run wile AmaTuks have struggled for results in recent games. Swallows have risen up to second where they trail Ajax by five points and will look to keep their momentum going and forge forward with a win away.

JDR Stars v Steenberg United, at Soshanguve Giants Stadium, 3.30pm

This is a battle of the division’s new boys who ad dream starts but look to have fizzled out as the season progressed. Steenberg are however still in with a chance at play-offs positions and will look to get back to wining ways.

Richards Bay v Royal Eagles, at uMhlathuze Sports Complex, 3.30pm

Eagles are in trouble and desperate for a win going into this game because if they don’t get full points, they might as well start preparing for life in the amateur level. After 22 games, Eagles have managed just 15 points and remain rooted at the bottom of the table. But Simo Dladla will have no mercy as he is also trying to establish himself at the Rich Boys e joined after leaving Kings.

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