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Late Wits winner leaves Ajax searching for first win

Wits continue their unbeaten start in the league, whilst Ajax are still winless this season.

Bidvest Wits coach Gavin Hunt. Picture: Facebook.

CAPE TOWN - Two second
half goals handed Wits a 2-1 come from behind victory over Ajax Cape Town at
the Cape Town Stadium.

The win allows Wits to
sit comfortably in third place in the league standings. Gavin Hunt’s men are
within touching distance (3 points) of leaders Kaizer Chiefs with two games in
hand.

For the Urban
Warriors, the loss is their fourth in the league this season. They have only
two points to their name from their opening six and are currently second from
bottom with only

African champions
Mamelodi Sundowns below them. Unfortunately, Sundowns have only played one
league match due to their various cup commitments.

The match itself was a
dull affair, as it lacked noticeable rhythm as both sides jabbed at each other
with no real intent to land a definitive blow from either.

After the tame start,
the match was provided with a moment of magic, which it desperately required.
Ajax defender Erick Chipeta scored a delightful free kick from just outside the
box after 24 minutes to hand the home side the lead which they took into the
break.

Wits were out of the
change room early for the second half determined to make amends. Coach Gavin
Hunt later confirmed he had some choice words to his players. Their resolve
soon translated into goals as Eleazar Rodgers headed home to level matters.

Sadly for Ajax, just
moments before the equalizer, Wits ‘keeper Darren Keet pulled off the save of
the match when Prince Nxumalo sent a powerful shot goal bound. Keet thwarted
the excellent effort from the striker by using both reflexes and agility to
palm it away.

Ajax had another opportunity
to grab a winner as Nxumalo sent a tame effort goalwards after latching on to an
errant Thulani Hlatshwayo header meant for Keet in goal.

This was to be Wits’
evening, as a volley from the enigmatic substitute Mogakolodi Ngele stole the
all the points in the 88th minute to land a sucker punch as a draw
would have been a fair result in the fixture.

Wits
continue their unbeaten start in the league, whilst Ajax are still winless this
season having played seven matches in all competitions.

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