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Ajax Regain Top Spot 26/11/03
Ajax Cape Town got their league challenge right back on track with a comfortable 3-2 win over Zulu Royals at a rainy Newlands Stadium on Wednesday evening.

The game got off to a controversial start when it turned out that the colours of the teams kit were clashing, forcing Royals to play in t-shirts!

The Urban Warriors came out and played some entertaining soccer in the first half, taking a 2-1 lead into the half-time break.

Josep Ngake added to his tally of four league goals when he fired the Cape team into the lead in the 20th minute.

The goal came from the right flank - Wilfred Mugeyi beat his marker and sent in a lovely cross for Ngake, who beat goalkeeper Vusi Yashe with a header.

Ajax continued to dominate, with Mugeyi being influential throughout.

Mugeyi had a couple of close chances, but it was left to DRC midfielder Tshinyama Tsholola to add to the scoreline after Ngake beat the Royals keeper down the right hand side. The angle was too tight for 'Lebo' to finish, so he pulled the ball back to Tsholola to score with an easy tap in.

Jackie Ledwaba then gave the Usuthu some hope when he pulled a goal back on 45 minutes.

The visitors counter-attacked while the Ajax players seemed to be thinking of the half-time break, and Ledwaba scored without Ajax defenders giving him much pressure.

But Ajax dashed any hopes of a comeback when Dillon Sheppard banged in a third goal right on the hour mark.

The goal came from a great through ball from Mugeyi, who was playing more like a midfielder than a striker, helping to set up his team's attacks.

Shane Poggenpoel gave Gordon Igesund a moment's worry in the 83rd minute when he came to clear the ball, but only succeeded in putting it into his own net, despite not being under much pressure. 

But Royals were not able to take advantage of their lucky break and the Urban Warriors held on for their win.      

The only negative moment for the home side came in the 90th minute, when influential playmaker Mulekalayi Kanku was sent off for a second yellow card.

Wilfred Mugeyi was the man of the match in this game which was played in good sportsmanship.

Just before the start of the game Walter Rautmann, the Zulu Royals coach, and Gordon Igesund were talking to each other and Rautmann said that "what ever happens tonight we are still friends and we will still be friends after this game!"

The win sees the Urban Warriors shoot back up to the top of the table - they are now on 21 points while Chiefs have 20.

Although the Amakhosi still have a game in hand, coach Igesund will be delighted that his charges are continuing with the excellent start they enjoyed to this season.

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