AmaZulu claimed their second win of the Absa Premiership season by defeating Ajax Cape Town 2-1 at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
A poor defensive display saw Cecil Lolo turn the ball into his own net within the opening 11 minutes of the game, while a second was added by Carlinton Nyadombo in the second half.
Nathan Paulse bagged a consolation in the 90th minute, but it was AmaZulu’s win for the taking.
Franklin Cale was the first to have a crack at goal with his fourth minute drive from range, but it narrowly sailed over the frame of goal.
AmaZulu were then gifted a goal in the 11th minute after Cecil Lolo spectacularly turned the ball into the back of his own net with a diving header. Aiden Jenniker was also at fault for failing to clear the ball properly.
The Urban Warriors didn’t let that goal get to them, though, as they continued to push for an equalizer, but they struggled to procure a decent effort at goal until the 20th minute.
Toriq Losper then tested Tapuwa Kapini from 15-yards out moments later, but it was easy pickings for the goalkeeper.
Two minutes later, it nearly turned to 2-0 for AmaZulu when Ayanda Dlamini’s ball went through the legs of Dominic Iaacs following a scrappy moment in defence. Sean Roberts, however, was equal to it.
Ajax were then dealt a blow just before the half hour mark when Losper had to be replaced by Keagan Dollie due to injury.
The Usuthu then saw their penalty appeal waved away after Thulani Hlwatshwayo brought down Bongani Ndulula on the edge of the area six minutes before the break.
The restart only brought more pain for Ajax as they fell 2-0 behind following some scrappy defending from Nkosinathi Mthiyane’s corner-kick. The Urban Warriors’ defence was left at sixes and sevens as the ball fell to Carlinton Nyadombo at the far post and he tapped it in with ease.
The Usuthu continued to pile on the pressure and their attacks often left Ajax’s backline worse for wear.
Nathan Paulse handed Ajax a consolation goal on the stroke of the full time whistle with his diving header into the back of the net, but it wasn’t enough as his side fell to a 2-1 defeat.
Ajax Cape Town: (0) 1 (Paulse 90’)
AmaZulu: (1) 2 (Lolo 11’ OG, Nyadombo 48’)
Ajax Cape Town: Roberts, Lolo, Hlatshwayo, Issacs, Jenniker, Mobara, Cale, Graham (Alexander 69’), Rodgers (Paulse 61’), Manyama, Losper (Losper 29’)
AmaZulu: Kapini, Horaeb, Nyadombo, Teyise, Van Heerden, Madondo, Issah (Dlamini G 78’), Dlamini, Maqana, Ndulula (Mwedihanga 91’), Mthiyane (Zondi 78’) – Backpage Media