Ajax shock Celtic in memorable comeback


Ajax Cape Town came from two goals down to record a memorable 3-2 victory in the MultiChoice Diski Challenge encounter against table-toppers Bloemfontein Celtic.

Celtic dominated proceedings early on with the young Urban Warriors chasing shadows in the opening exchanges.

Ajax gradually started to find their rhythm and came agonisingly close to opening the scoring in the 10th minute, but the onrushing Sipho Chaine did well to stop Thomas Chideu in his tracks.

Phunya Sele Sele started looking more threatening with each attack and should’ve taken the lead in the 37th minute, when Thabo Mile’s through ball found Vuyisile Wana in the area, but the forward’s resultant shot was stopped by Darren Johnson.

Celtic were rewarded for their continuous attacking efforts in the 43rd minute, when Nyiko Sibande rose highest to head home.

Ajax gave a better account of themselves in the second half and went close to levelling the scores through respective efforts from Chideu and Neo Makua, but Chaine proved equal to every task.

Celtic continued to probe and looked likely to add another, with Mile and Neo Maema causing the Ajax defence all sorts of problems. They doubled their advantage in the 65th minute, when Neo Maema and Mile combined to good effect which allowed Wana the simplest of tap-ins.

Chideu scored his fifth goal of the campaign in the 73rd minute when Juanito Manuel did well to hold off the two defenders to allow Chideu an easy close-range finish.

Ajax were on level terms less than a minute later when Makua intercepted the ball in his own half before his cross-cum-shot evaded Chaine.

The Cape-based outfit were in complete control of the game and became guilty of missing a host of chances as they started to flood the Celtic six-yard area.

Substitute, Tashreeq Matthews netted in the 79th minute to complete the dramatic comeback after some good work in the area by Chideu and Clint Fredericks.