Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, PE – Ajax Cape Town got out jail on Friday night as they snatched a 1-1 draw against a rampant Chippa United.
Spurred on by their new partisan support in their new home base in Port Elizabeth, Chippa threw everything into the attack against their former neighbours. They looked on course to win when, moments before the end, substitute Thabiso Nkoana trickled in an equaliser.
The PE side were good value for money and certainly deserved to have won as they were far more urgent in attack and hungrier for the win.
But Ajax will be happy with the point as it keeps their unbeaten record intact.
It was a point again founded on the solid defence of youthful centre-back duo Rivaldo Coetzee and Abbubakar Mobara and the combative midfield pairing of Granwald Scott and Travis Graham.
Ajax made just one change to their starting team, from the one that so impressively dispatched Wits on Tuesday, and it was a change that coach Roger de Sa has been dying to make.
Malawian forward Robin Ngalande received his work permit on Thursday and the Ajax coach did not hesitate in immediately picking the player to start.
Chippa United had