Stars dump Ajax out of Telkom Cup


The visitors were deserved of the victory as they dominated for most of the game.

Stars threatened from the offset and should have gone ahead as early as the fourth minute when an unmarked Prince Olumu shot wide from close range.

Ea Lla Koto went close just before the half hour when winger Matome Madimabe hit the post after cutting in from the left flank.

The game remained goalless at the break.

The Urban warriors gave a better showing in the second half and their pressure almost paid off in the 51st minute when visiting keeper Kennedy Mweene failed to hold onto a knock-down by Russell Mwafulirwa, the Zambian recovered superbly to block Eduardo Ferreira’s effort.

The visitors took the lead in the 57th minute when Dhladhla latched onto a rebound, after James Matola’s header came back off the crossbar, to hit the back of the net with a superb scissors-kick.

The hosts pushed more men forward in an effort to level matters, but the Stars defence were in superb form.

Ajax almost pulled level in the 67th minute when Ferreira hit the crossbar with a header from a corner.

Moon should have struck the equaliser for Ajax two minutes from the end when Mweene failed to hold onto a cross, but the midfielder shot wide from five yards.

Moon threatened again the final minute of the game when Mweene dropped another cross, but this time Moon’s effort was cleared off the line.

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