Ajax happy to secure a point away from home against AmaZulu at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Sunday afternoon, when you consider their poor away form last season
Both AmaZulu and Ajax settled immediately into the match and looked comfortable on the ball. The Urban Warriors kept a good line at the back, and caught Ruzaigh Gamildien numerous times in an offside position.
Usuthu wingers Philani Shange and Nkosinathi Mthiyane showed fantastic speed and trickery down the wings and constantly harassed the visitors.
Tashreeq Morris got the first shot on target for The Urban Warriors as early as in the fifth minute with a headed attempt, from a cross delivered in by newcomer Clifford Mulenga. Despite Roger de Sa’s men controlling 60% of the ball possession, they were pretty quiet and only got their second attempt on target just before the half-time whistle.
The home side had a great opportunity early on when right back Bonginkosi Macala made a run down the flank, before teaming up with Shange who’s shot was blocked by Cecil Lolo.
The majority of the play happened in the middle of the park where Ajax stacked five players in the midfield. However, PSL Young Player of the Season Keagan Dolly was not much of a threat in the Usuthu half.
In the 31st minute Craig Rosslee was forced to make a substitution when Mthiyane looked to have broken his arm in a collision with defender Nazeer Allie.
In the closing stages of the opening half, Macala and Shange teamed up superbly once more in what could have resulted in the opening goal. Shange ran into the 18 yard area with some phenomenal ball skills before laying it off for Macala who’s final shot went inches past the goal post.
Dolly showed some intent early in the second period, and dazzled Usuthu with his fancy footwork. Although, the visitors continued to sit deep and did not threaten the home side. With 15 minutes remaining, coach Roger de Sa made a tactical change in search of the winner when he introduced Abbubaker Mobara and Nathan Paulse.
An unmarked Gamildien should have secured the late win for Usuthu when his headed attempt from within six yards went over the woodwork. In the 87th minute, Ajax captain Allie was sent to the dressing room after picking up a second yellow card.