League champions Orlando Pirates were held to a 1-1 draw by Ajax Cape Town in an exciting Castle Premiership game at the Johannesburg Stadium on Sunday afternoon. Both teams had a player sent-off in a fierce encounter...
The defending league champions went into the lead through former Ajax player Edelbert Dinha, when he rose above the static visiting defence to head in a Steve 'Kideo' Lekoelea cross in the 32nd minute of the day's biggest game.
A former Bucs star, Josep Ngake, got the equaliser in the 45th minute when Pirates captain Papi Khomane's weak back pass to his keeper was intercepted by the lightning-quick Ngake, who tapped the ball into the net.
The second half saw less goal-mouth action and both teams had a player sent off in what was an ill-tempered affair.
The Urban Warriors striker Wilfred Mugeyi was given his marching orders in the 67th minute for dissent against referee Harry Lekitlane.
Home skipper Khomane then levelled the player numbers when he received his second yellow card from Lekitlane in the 82nd minute.
The defender had impeded Brent Carelse's move on goal and got his just deserves.
Ajax keeper Moeneeb Josephs made two brilliant saves in the dying minutes of the game when the Bucs started surging forward for a home win.
Gift Leremi had the chance to win the game for the home team but Josephs was at his best to deny the under-23 international twice in the space of two minutes.
The Mighty Bucs have 23 points and the Cape side have 22 points in the Castle Premiership from 12 and 11 games respectively.