A superb four goal tally from Aubrey Ngoma sealed an unexpected and impressive victory in Cape Town on SaturdayAjax Cape Town lost their first home game of the season 4 - 1 against Pretoria University at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
Two teams playing contrasting styles of football met in Cape Town, with the creative and short-passing Ajax Cape Town defeated by a counter-attacking Pretoria University.
The first half saw the first two goals of the game, a well-constructed opener slotted home by Lebogang Manyama and an ingenious equaliser by Aubrey Ngoma, who gave Sander Westerveld no chance with a well-paced toe-poke.
The second half belonged to AmaTuks with a goal from Mame Niang and three more from hero and man of the match Aubrey Ngoma.
An unbeaten Pretoria University went into the game with confidence due to their strong away record this season. The PSL newcomers have put teams under pressure this season with a some strong performances.
A beleagured and under-pressure Ajax side were counting on their unbeaten home performances on a sleek Cape Town Stadium pitch which suits their playing style. The team were hoping to see more from their attacking players, such as Bradley Grobler and midfielder Keagan Dolly.
Played on a slippery surface in a weather-stricken Cape Town the match started slowly, with both teams
unable to create early chances. AmaTuks created good pressure in the midfield, closing down well and preventing Ajax from dominating play in the middle of the park.
Amatuks striker Mame Niang continued to look dangerous and engaged in a battle of the giants with Matthew Booth, beating the former Bafana Bafana defender three times with strong headers. Amatuks played long balls, their intentions to use the strength and height of the Senegalese striker made clear.
Ajax started to play their natural short-passing game creating space for Nazeer Ali whose shot from long range was easily saved by Washignton Arubi in the 19th minute. The Urban Warriors were beginning to look menacing in attack.
Ajax broke the deadlock in the 29th minute following an excellent long ball from Matthew Booth who found Khama Billiat. The Amatuks defenders were caught unawares, leaving Billiat with plenty of time to create the goalscoring opportunity.
The talented Zimbabwean had time to run into space, which drew the goalkeepers attention. He provided a well-placed cross to the far post, where Lebogang Manyama stretched to strike the ball with his right boot into an open goal with a clinical finish.
A free-flowing Ajax were looking confident on the ball and continued to dominate play following the opener. However Amatuks struck back in the 42nd minute, as Mame Niang challenged Matthew Booth once again and the ball was diverted to Diyo Sibisi.
Sibiso moved the ball into a good position and after some neat play outside the box Aubrey Ngoma toe-poked the ball placing it in the right corner of the net. Sander Westerveld looked frustrated as the ball sailed past him.
Ajax had lost their first-half momentum, following the equaliser created by the persistence and perseverance of AmaTuks.
At the beginning of the second-half Khama Billiat almost regained Ajax's momentum with an excellent run on the left hand side which was a magical piece of play. He used the the outside of his boot, but misplaced his shot as it went wide past the far post.
Ajax looked to continue their enterprising play after this chance, threatening to score a goal which would put them in the lead. Billiat was playing with confidence and created a few more dangerous opportunites.
The notable substitution of Wanderson Costa Vianna for the goal scorer Lebogang Manyama in the 66th minute was an exciting moment for many Ajax fans. The Brazilian only received his work permit late Friday.
AmaTuks once again began to fight back however, creating some chances of their own. They began to create and dominate, and their persistence was awarded.
A poor clearance by Ajax defender Aidan Jenniker lead to a chance for Mame Niang who volleyed the ball into Matthew Booth in the 74th minute.
The rebound off Booth fell kindly to the striker who took his second opportunity with aplomb powering a volley straght at goalkeeper Westerveld who could not deal with the powerful strike parrying the ball into the right corner of the net.
It was a surprise lead for AmaTuks, but defensive lapses by Ajax costed the team dearly.
Tuks struck again as Ngonyama netted his second goal of the game with a header in the 78th minute. He latched onto a good cross from Thabo Mosadi and buried his header in the back of net.
Ngoma sealed his hat trick in the 87th minute with a brillaint run and beat Westerveld at the near post with a fantastic strike.
His fourth goal was a superlative strike outside the box in the 90th minute, sealing the sensational 5 - 1 scoreline.
Pretoria University had sealed one of their most impressive victories, with their biggest winning margin in the top-flight. It was Ajax's heaviest home defeat in their history in the top-flight.
Ajax Cape Town continue to struggle this campaign and will need to find answers after this poor result. AmaTuk's dream start is not over yet as they ended the game 2nd on the PSL log.