CAF : Ajax Cape Town defied the odds in Angola
Ajax Cape Town marked their return to CAF Interclub Competition after seven years with a 1 -2 away from home.
Ajax Cape Town defied the odds with a 2-1 win over Angola’s Sagrada Esperanca in a Caf Confederations Cup preliminary round first-leg at the Estadio Sagrada Esperanca on Saturday
Ajax were first on the attack in search for the away-goal in front of a packed home crowd.
They wasted no time though getting themselves on the front foot and to that secure an away-goal when Ruzaigh Gamildien fired home after 14 minutes with an inch-perfect free-kick.
However, their lead didn’t last long, all about four minutes to be precise when the home side drew level from the spot through Antonio Oliveira through a penalty.
That coupled with the hostile atmosphere from the home club did not deter them in any way as they ensured the scores remain level-pegging going into the break.
Though after the break, they found themselves back in the driving seat through Riyaad Norodien in the 53rd minute to revert all the pressure back on the home side and with that hand themselves a two-goal away advantage for the return-leg.
Having made a late return to the competition after a meeting with the South African Football Association (Safa) earlier in the week, the Urban Warriors keep their cool amidst the pressure from the hosts despite missing the presence of influential players such as top scorer Prince Nxumalo and goalkeeper Anssi Jaakkola who did not travel for various reasons.
Coach Roger De Sa ringing the changes by giving some of their youngsters a run and resting a few of their top players for a tough domestic schedule
Ghana defender Lawrence Lartey was a stalwart at the back as Ajax Cape Town. The centre-back, who signed for the Absa Premiership side last year on a free transfer, played the entire duration.