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Ajax close in on Santos 18/02/04
Ajax Cape Town kept the pressure on the log leaders Santos when they beat Jomo Cosmos 1-0 in a Castle Premiership league match played in Tembisa on Wednesday afternoon.

The match was played in very slippery conditions following a down-pour just before the kick off, which made it difficult for players to keep the ball under control.

Although the visitors were kept on their back foot for most of the first half on a cold Gauteng afternoon, Wilfred Mugeyi put Gordon Igesund's men ahead when he scored a brilliant goal in the 28th minute after being set up with a inch-perfect cross by Mulekilayi Kanku.

The team in red and white were forced to play most of the second half with only 10 men after right wing Josep Ngake received his marching orders in the 48th minute for a foul on Lucky Mhlathe.

Cosmos started to play long balls to their strikers in the hope of beating the offside trap, but the Urban Warriors' defence kept the pacy Cosmos striker Russell Mwafulwira under lock.

Moeneeb Josephs was in his usual spectacular form and twice saved from Mark Haskins in the 56th and 70th minutes as well as denying Mwafulwira in the 59th minute.

As the game neared the closing stages, Ajax started to turn on the style and with the ball now under their control they went forward looking to increase their lead, which forced Cosmos onto the back foot.

Ajax remain second on the table with 38 points from 17 games, behind fellow Cape side Santos, who are top with 40 points from 21 games.

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