Ajax rue missed chances, Sundowns lead by 4
Mamelodi Sundowns dropped two crucial points against Ajax Cape Town in an action-packed goalless draw.
CAPE TOWN - On a chilly night at the Athlone Stadium in Cape Town, a jovial crowd saw log leaders Mamelodi Sundowns drop two crucial points against home team Ajax Cape Town in an action-packed goalless draw on Wednesday.
The home side, Ajax, were the superior side for the most part - especially in the first half and they will rue missing two guilt edge chances from close range in the first 45 minutes.
Ajax coach Roger De Sa said, "The first 30 minutes was the best we played in a long, long time and against a quality team."
He went onto to admit the spurned opportunities might have had an effect on his players, "We stopped believing I think, after we missed the chances that we did."
Sundowns did, however, show some fight late in the first half as they were struck into action by Hlompho Kekana's thunderbolt, which smashed against the upright.
The second half was a more evenly matched affair as both sides' appetite seemingly waned as the match wore on and De Sa agreed, saying, "It could have gone either way in the second half, it was end to end stuff and I think the legs were going, especially on them and our intensity dropped as well."
Mosimane will feel they escaped with a draw as his team looked jaded after a strenuous run of recent fixtures, he said, "I'm happy with the point, we came to Cape Town which is not easy."
He admitted his team was going through a trying patch, "it's a tough time for us and I could see this was not the usual Sundowns."
De Sa, on the other hand, will feel the Urban Warriors squandered their chance to snap a three match sequence of draws, finishing remains a worrying matter for the young Urban Warriors.
The one team who will be happy with the result is second placed Wits, who trail Sundowns by only four points as they head into the business end of the season but Mosimane remains positive, "Four point lead and four games to go, I think I can take that."
The Brazilians will face another challenging encounter as they ready themselves for rivals Kaizer Chiefs on Saturday.
For the Cape side, they sit in ninth spot on the log, one point behind Supersport United and eight position, which is their desired spot.
They next travel to the Free State in a tough clash against Bloemfontein Celtic on Sunday.