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  • 29 August 2014
  • • 20:00
  • • Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, Port Elizabeth
  • Referee: R. Smith
  • • Attendance: 2000

Roger de Sa happy with youth performances

Chippa United 1-1 Ajax Cape Town: Nkoana earns Roger de Sa a vital point at Chippa

Roger de Sa happy with youth performances

Shifaan Ryklief

Thabiso Nkoana scored late in the game as Ajax Cape Town came from a goal down to draw 1-1 away to Chippa United on Friday night

Ajax Cape Town came into this league encounter on the back of two consecutive victories - against Mamelodi Sundowns and Bidvest Wits respectively - and were aiming to pile more misery on a Chippa United side that has lost their last three games.

The visitors started the brighter of the two sides, with Nathan Paulse giving the Chilli Boys all sorts of problems but the Urban Warriors couldn't use that to their advantage as goalkeeper Fatau Dauda marshalled his defence quite well.

Chippa United upped their game towards the 20th minute and Thamsanqa Sangweni tested Anssi Jaakkola with a long range shot, but the Ajax shot-stopper made an easy save to deny the former AmaZulu midfielder.

Sangweni came close to breaking the deadlock five minutes later, but he was unfortunate as his free-kick came off the woodwork with Jaakkola well beaten. 

The home side continued to attack their opponents through the middle, and it was Sangweni who had another shot at goal in the 33rd minute but he couldn't hit the target this time around, although Jaakkola seemed to have the situation under control.

Both teams couldn't break each other down in the first 45 minutes, but Chippa United continued where they left off in the first half when Andile Mbenyane's 49th minute shot was brilliantly tipped around the post by Jaakkola for a corner.

Ajax then exploited spaces in the opposition's half and Dauda was forced to a great save in the 56th minute. The Ghana international turned Travis Graham's shot away for a corner before collecting easily, gathering the resultant corner inside his own box.

Roger de Sa then introduced Franklyn Cale midway through the second half to try and add firepower in attack, but the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder failed to make an immediate impact as Chippa United kept him quiet.

On 74 minutes, Thabiso Nkoana gave away a free-kick after a foul on Mbenyane just outside the Ajax penalty area, and Sangweni took his free-kick straight at Jaakkola, who had his body behind the ball to make a fine save.

Chippa United then took the lead through Mxolisi Ntshingila's 81st minute strike. Ntshingila had replaced Mbenyane two minutes earlier, but it took him less than 90 seconds to punish the Mother City club.

However, Ajax levelled matters in the 89th minute when Thabiso Nkoana slotted home from close range to earn the visitors a vital point away from home while the Cape side maintained their unbeaten run this season.