Kwadukuza teach Ajax ABC a few lessons
Ajax Cape Town became the first Absa Premiership side to be booted from the Nedbank Cup yesterday.
The Urban Warriors were knocked out by ABC Motsepe League side Kwadukuza 4-3 on penalties. The two sides were locked at 2-all at full time.
It was not the first time a lower division side sent a Premiership team crashing.
In 2013, another third-tier side, Maluti FET College, pulled off an upset against Orlando Pirates at the same stage of the tournament. Before then, Baroka FC made a name for themselves when they knocked out Kaizer Chiefs in 2011.
Kwadukuza’s victory means they become the first ABC side in this year’s competition to progress to the last 16.
This was after North West representatives Buya Msuthu were humbled 2-0 by Bloemfontein Celtic at Moruleng Stadium yesterday.
Although Msuthu gave a good account of themselves, the Premiership side were not to be denied a spot in the last 16.
Celtic opened the scoring as early as the second minute when Deon Hotto Kavendji headed home from close range. Vuyisile Wana ensured Celtic’s name would be in the hat in Thursday’s draw with an 86thminute goal, which secured victory for the visitors.
Also yesterday, United Rovers FC of the Northern Cape were humbled by National First Division side Jomo Cosmos 3-0 at Tsakane Stadium.
Baroka also booked a place in the last 16 with a 2-0 victory away against FC Cape Town at the NNK Rugby Stadium. This was their first victory in 15 matches.
Earlier in the week, Limpopo’s Mariveni United became the first casualties when they lost 2-0 to Mamelodi Sundowns.
Polokwane City had no problems when disposing of African All Stars 3-1 on Wednesday.
But the story of the weekend is Kwadukuza’s infamous victory over their more fancied Premiership side, who took the lead twice in the game.
All eyes will be on Thursday’s draw to see who will be next on the menu.
Today, Acornbush United will be hoping to ensure there is no Cape Town club in the hat when they host Cape Town City this afternoon.
Eastern Cape’s Bees FC are also hoping to slay struggling Pirates at Sisa Dukashe Stadium.
reporter – Staff