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Ajax Hotspurs on a steady rise as they dismiss Iminyela

by Siphambaniso Dube
02 Aug 2011 at 16:14hrs | Views
Iminyela 0 - (1) 3 Ajax Hotspurs
Ajax Hotspurs showed why they are still regarded as the giants of Bulawayo Metropolitan Province Division Two league despite an indifferent start to the season with a polished display to dispatch a battling Iminyela stars in their own backyard. After a string of draws that left many determined that the Royal Kings will be relegated,

Ajax Hotspurs has proven otherwise with polished displays that has left many followers asking for more from the young-stars that were only playing Junior league football last season. Nqobilizwe Ncube one of the only two senior players on the side alongside Maxwell Mburayi could have opened the scoreboard as early as the 4th minute when Ajax went on a hunting expedition prizing open the Iminyela Stars defence. Young Kingsley Best sent Ncube on the prowl and the dread-locked nippy forward blasted his volley on the stride high and over the horizontal bar with the Iminyela goalkeeper on the wrong side of action.

Ajax Hotspurs were a team with intent. Some neat footwork from Thulani Gumede released Ncube on the left channel with a surging run and his cross on the run saw strike partner Best trying to connect first time but his misscued effort was too weak to trouble the goalkeeper.

Iminyela tried to comeback into it and impose their game but Ajax were simply up for the task. A thorn in the flesh every-time he was in possession of the ball Ncube was however erratic in his goalscoring attempts as he once again came face to face with the Iminyela gloves-man but his attempt was punched back into play and the evergreen Mburayi was the quickest off the blocks in the 24th minute to stab home the second ball 1-0 and Ajax was on a cruise-liner

Kelvin "Marange" tried all tricks to bring Iminyela into the game with clever runs off the ball but his efforts were not well complemented by his fellow teammates with young Charles Maphosa was put under lock and key by Bhekithemba Malopa Mabhena and makeshift-centreback Peter Muduhwa. Marange tried to be cheeky bringing the ball down using his hands but the referee was lenient awarding a free-kick to Hotspurs and letting Marange go scotfree without a caution.

When the referee blew for halftime it came as a relief to Iminyela who pinned their hopes to a better second half. Who ever said a team cannot have two good-halves might have missed a point that one team can atually be in total dominance with the other on a holiday the whole match.

Any hopes of Iminyela coming back into the game were dashed as early as the 48th minute when Thulani Thuske Gumede was at the right place at the right time to stab home Ajax Hotspurs second after Maxwell Mburayi went scampering into the box and with the goalkeeper to beat, he made a meal out of the ball only for Gumede to save him some blushes. It was now one-way trafic and Ajax Hotspurs were rolling over Iminyela Stars but a glut of missed chances from Ncube saved Stars from a netball scoreline..

A horrible taken set-piece by Iminyela outside Ajax Hotspurs defensive third saw Machisi intercepting the ball and releasing Nqobilizwe Ncube who ran the whole stretch of the field only to weakly shoot at goal and the goalkeeper made a howler of the whole incident to allow returnee Zibusiso "Zingo" Sitsha to scramble home the rebound and send Ajax Hotspurs into a frenzy. "Sesiqede ngabo laba" was the common shout and indeed Ajax Hotspurs are a team in ascendency.

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