Ajax and Sundowns still stuck in quagmire after 0-0 tie
Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns failed to produce any goals on Saturday but served up an entertaining encounter that left both still under pressure in bottom half of the table.
Missed chances cost both sides at the Cape Town Stadium, including some glorious opportunities that could have handed both relief from their current quagmire.
But the two clubs pronounced themselves pleased with a point at a time when they are still trying to boost morale and get some momentum going.
Ajax had the clearer of the chances but Sundowns finished stronger with shots from outside die the area that lacked accuracy but might have ended their long standing winless streak.
Rushed shooting from Elias ‘Dominquez’ Pelembe and Teko Modise cost the Pretoria-based visitors a chance to snatch it near the end and end a run of four league games without a goal.
They have still to score on the road but have now at least picked up their first away point.
Ajax had the most glaring miss midway trough the second half when Bradley Grobler was put free by Khama Billiat’s pin-point pass but under pressure from two defenders and with the goalkeeper rushing out at him, Grobler shanked the way narrowly wide.
Sundowns goalkeeper Wayne Sandilands was named man of the match for a series of stunning first half saves in which he denied Granwald Scott, Toriq Losper and Billiat.
Losper came into his own in just his third game in the starting line-up with some deft touches and much more confidence but tired in the second half as the pace proved too much.
Ajax’s fitness had been previously questioned by caretaker coach Jan Pruijn and again they faded to allow Sundowns to launch late attacks which failed to produce dividends.Edward Mnqele was also guilty of squandering chances and is still to score a league for his new club as is the case with Eleazor Rodgers.