Local News 27.9.2014 05:38 pm

Aces hand Ajax first league defeat

FILE PICTURE: Mabhudi Khenyeza of Black Aces and Abbubaker Mobara of Ajax during the Absa Premiership match between MP Black Aces and Ajax Cape Town at Mbombela Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

FILE PICTURE: Mabhudi Khenyeza of Black Aces and Abbubaker Mobara of Ajax during the Absa Premiership match between MP Black Aces and Ajax Cape Town at Mbombela Stadium on September 27, 2014 in Nelspruit, South Africa. (Photo by Dirk Kotze/Gallo Images)

Dennis Masina struck in the second half as Mpumalanga Black Aces stunned high-flying Ajax Cape Town 1-0 in their Premiership clash in Nelspruit on Saturday.

Aces continued their recent fine run of form, remaining unbeaten in their last four matches by bagging their first home victory of the season.

Ajax, who were four points behind early leaders Kaizer Chiefs ahead of the weekend league fixtures, went down in their first defeat after seven matches in the campaign.

Mabhuti Khenyeza had the best chance of the opening period, with a thunderous attempt for the hosts shortly after the half-hour mark, but his effort was well saved by Ajax’s acrobatic Finnish goalkeeper, Anssi Jaakkola.

Masina increased the pressure on the visitors in the 65th minute after being set up by Onyekachi Okonkwo, hitting the back of the net to put his side in control.

The home side nearly stretched their advantage in the dying stages, and while Jakkolla denied a shot from Collins Mbesuma, Aces pocked a valuable three points.

– Sapa

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