Ajax Cape Town will continue their 2016/17 Absa Premiership campaign with a clash away to Golden Arrows this Saturday afternoon. We take a look back at the teams’ most recent league meeting earlier this season.
The Urban Warriors claimed a 1-0 home win at Cape Town Stadium back in early December 2016 thanks to a late penalty from Nathan Paulse. It was a third straight league win for Stanley Menzo’s side, who had put their early season struggles well and truly behind them.
Ajax had the first notable effort on goal, with Thabo Mosadi’s shot in the 10th minute forcing Arrows goalkeeper Nkosingiphile Gumede into a sharp save.
The visitors’ goal-minder had a busy first quarter of the game, as he also kept out efforts from Mark Mayambela, Ndiviwe Mdabuka and Prince Nxumalo, while Urban Warriors captain Travis Graham also shot agonisingly wide.
With just under 10 minutes of the first half remaining, Ajax had another chance when Mayambela had a glancing free kick from Bantu Mzwakali’s free kick, but again Gumede was on hand to keep Arrows on level terms.
The Durban side upped their game after the break and tested Jody February for the first time just before the hour mark, with the goalkeeper called into action to keep out a shot from Kagisho Dikgacoi.
With Ajax looking to reinvigorate their attack, they introduced lanky striker Nathan Paulse off the bench with just under 20 minutes to play and he made a strong impact on the game.
The substitute broke the deadlock in favour of the Urban Warriors in the 85th minute, converting a penalty awarded for hand-ball by Siyabonga Dube – it proved to be the decisive moment of the match, turning it in favour of the home side.
3 December 2016
Absa Premiership, round 12
Cape Town Stadium
Ajax Cape Town (0) 1 (Paulse 85’ pen)
Golden Arrows 0
Ajax: February, Isaacs, Coetzee, Lartey, Lebusa, Mdabuka, Graham, Mosadi, Mayambela (Margeman 86’), Mzwakali (Morris 90’), Nxumalo (Paulse 71’)
Arrows: Gumede, S. Dube, Mzava, Mngwengwe, Phiri, Cele, Bilankulu, Fikizolo, Dikgacoi (Mathiane 79’), Jooste (Mahachi 90’), Lamola (Barrios 79’)