Amakhosi unbeaten run comes to an end - Kaizer Chiefs FC
Amakhosi unbeaten run comes to an end

Posted in News on Oct 17, 2001.

Kaizer Chiefs' unbeaten record came to an end when a goal in each half by Ajax Cape Town saw the Chiefs lose 2-1 in a Premier Soccer League match at Newlands Stadium in Cape Town on Wednesday night.

Since Ajax came into being three years ago, they have yet to lose to the Johannesburg glamour club.

David Kannemeyer and Duncan Lechesa scored for the home side and Justice Sithole scoring for Chiefs.

Ajax opened the score in the sixth minute when Dillon Sheppard moved smartly down the left, passed the ball to Kannemeyer, whose shot was deflected off Patrick Mabida passed Chiefs goalkeeper Rowan Fernandez.

New Ajax signing Geert Brusselers, from the Netherlands, was outstanding in midfield as his passes were pinpoint to his strikers and he was quick to come back and help out in defence.

In the 13th minute Calvin Marlin, the Ajax 'keeper, rushed out 25 metres to clear as Lucky Maselesele broke through the middle.

Four minutes later, Kenny Niemach, who never stopped running, moved down the left and centred, but Ashley Opperman just got his boot to the ball ahead of Maselesele.

In the 34th minute, Patrick Mbuthu beat the off-side trap, but from eight metres out shot straight at Marlin.

A minute later, Arthur Zwane's 25m piledriver went just wide of the target.

The home side almost doubled the score in the 43rd minute when a free kick by Sheppard found Brusselers, whose soft header was easily saved by Fernandez.

Ajax attacked from the start of the second half and were awarded three corners in succession. The last went over to Duran Francis, whose side-footed shot just went past the far upright.

Ajax went 2-0 up in the 50th minute when Kannemeyer centred from the left and Lechese headered home.

Chiefs were now all attack, but could not penetrate a solid defence until the 85th minute when Sithole's header crept in.

Play was held up for a couple of minutes about 15 minutes before full-time when a clutch of Chiefs supporters were angered at their team and started throwing plastic bottles on to field.

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