Zimbabwean striker Tendai Ndoro grabbed a brace as Mpumalanga Black Aces defeated Ajax Cape Town 2-0 in an Absa Premiership encounter at Athlone Stadium on Friday night
Zimbabwe international Tendai Ndoro gave Aces the lead after just two minutes. The striker buried the ball into the left corner of Ajax goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola's goal posts to make it 1-0.
Five minutes later, Ajax nearly equalized. A well taken cross from the left was played into the Aces box. Striker Eleazar Rodgers connected with it but his header went just over the bar.
It was end to end stuff with Aces playing some good carpet football, but Ajax were still in the game. In the 31st minute, Aces winger Abia Nale's shot was pushed out for a corner-kick by Ajax keeper Jaakkola.
On the stroke of half-time, Jaakkola pulled a fantastic save with his feet to deny Aces' Nigerian forward Onyekachi Okonkwo, after the forward combined with Nale brilliantly.
Aces were still on top of the match in the few minutes of the second half. Striker Ndoro forced Ajax keeper Jaakkola into a fingertip save from a well taken free-kick in the 50th minute.
In the 65th minute, Aces keeper Jackson Mabokgwane diverted Ajax striker Tashreeq Morris' cross away from Ajax midfielder Toriq Losper who was waiting at the back post.
The Urban Warriors were slowly coming into the match. Ajax's Zimbabwean striker Simba Sithole's header glanced the crossbar with Aces keeper Mabokgwane well beaten in the 74th minute.
The away team doubled their lead five minutes later. Ndoro grabbed his brace when he tapped in a pass from Aces midfielder Themba Zwane.
It ended 2-0 to Aces, and they move to position five on the Absa Premiership standings.