Ajax Cape Town v Highlands Park – reliving their last meeting

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The teams have clashed once already this season and we look back at their meeting at Makhulong Stadium on 14 December 2016 which saw the Lions of the North claim a 2-1 victory.

The Urban Warriors had won their last three league matches in succession, but it was the hosts who took home all three points – ending their long wait for a second victory after winning their first PSL game back in September.

Highlands were the first to get away a shot in anger, with winger Lindokuhle Mbatha firing wide of Jody February’s goal posts as early as the fifth minute of the match.

In the 12th minute the hosts opened the scoring through the lively Mbatha, who turned home an assist from Edwin Sitayitayi to make it 1-0 to the Lions of the North.

Highlands created further half-chances in what remained of the first stanza, though the only notable effort came from veteran Surprise Moriri in the 41st minute and was comfortably dealt with by February.

Ajax made a tactical change at the start of the second half when they replaced Mark Mayambela with Grant Margeman, and it proved to be a masterstroke as the substitute scored an equaliser in the 53rd minute.

Margeman beat Highlands’ ‘keeper Tapuwa Kapini with a left-footed shot to make it 1-1 and put the Urban Warriors back in the hunt for three points.

However, just four minutes later, a freak goal from Kapini – who was clearing from his own half of the field and caught February out of position – put the hosts back in the lead at 2-1.

Match details

14 December 2016
Absa Premiership, round 13
Makhulong Stadium

Highlands Park (1) 2 (Mbatha 12’, Kapini 57’)
Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Margeman 53’)

Highlands: Kapini, Isaacs, Koena, Sibande, Ngalo, Mbatha, Khuboni (Mathibe 50’), Mvala, Cale (Zwane 71’), Moriri, Sitayitayi (Mashumba 76’)

Ajax: February, Isaacs, Lartey, Coetzee, Lebusa, Ndabuka, Mosadi, Graham (Paulse 80’), Mayambela (Margeman 46’), Mzwakali (Morris 69’), Nxumalo

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