Ajax Cape Town will return to Absa Premiership action on Friday night when host Free State Stars at Athlone Stadium.
This will be the second league clash between the teams this season, with the Urban Warriors and Ea Lla Koto playing out a 1-1 draw in their meeting in the Free State earlier in the campaign.
The teams met on November 2, 2016 at the Goble Park Stadium for a midweek evening clash.
After a few early half chances at either end of the field, it was Ajax who took control of the game and claimed the lead midway through the first half.
Prince Nxumalo was brought down just outside the box by Davis Nkausu and the visitors were awarded a free kick. Bantu Mzwakali scored direct from the dead-ball situation, putting the Urban Warriors 1-0 up.
Stars looked for a quick response through attacker Moeketsi Sekola, but his efforts around the half hour mark were either wide of the mark or saved by Ajax ‘keeper Jody February.
The last chance of the first half went the way of Stars’ attack-minded defender Nyiko Mobbie, but the impressive youngster put his header over the crossbar to leave the hosts trailing at the break.
Yet Ajax’s lead lasted just four minutes of the second stanza, with Goodman Dlamini getting the better of February to make it 1-1.
Ajax nearly reclaimed the lead midway through the second half when Mosa Lebusa got on the end of a corner kick, but his header was no trouble for Thela Ngobeni.
At the time, the result ensured that both teams were still waiting for their first league wins of the season.
2 November 2016
Absa Premiership, round 8
Goble Park Stadium
Free State Stars (0) 1 (Dlamini 49’)
Ajax Cape Town (1) 1 (Mzwakali 23’)
Stars: Ngobeni, Mobbie (Mashego 87’), Nkausu, Mbhele, Thlone, Sekotlong, Vilakazi, Masehe, Venter (Ella 90+2’), Dlamini (Thethani 87’), Sekola
Ajax: February, Mabaso, Pietersen, Coetzee, Lebusa, Mzwakali (Lupeta 81’), Lartey, Graham (Mayambela 66’), Mdabuka, Morris (Matheza 90’), Nxumalo