Ajax Cape Town vs Kaizer Chiefs, 2015 MTN 8 Final

Ajax Cape Town vs Kaizer Chiefs, 2015 MTN 8 Final, was a single elimination match to decide the winner of the 2015 edition of the Top 8 Cup (known as the MTN 8 for sponsorship reasons) which took place on Saturday September 19, 2015 at 15:00 (South African time) in the afternoon at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province province of South Africa.

Ajax Cape Town 2015 MTN 8 Champions
Competition 2015 MTN 8
Administrator Premier Soccer League
Season 2015-2016
Home Team Ajax Cape Town
Away Team Kaizer Chiefs
Date September 19, 2015
Time 15:00 (South Africa)
Venue Nelson Mandela Bay
City Port Elizabeth
Attendance 35 000
Weather Passing Clouds
15°C (59 °F)
94% humidity

Match

Half-time Score 0-0
Full-time Score 0-1
ACT Goal Scorer Nathan Paulse (P) 59′
KC Goal Scorer N/A

Match Officials

Referee Daniel Bennett
Assistants Edward Madidilani
Peter Chauke
Fourth Official Robert Smith
Commissioner Morné Daniels

The 2015 MTN 8 Final was a South African Premier Soccer League sanctioned football match between Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs which decided the winner of that cup.

The 2015 MTN 8 marked the start of the 2015/16 Premier Soccer League season where Ajax Cape Town travel led to Orlando East in Soweto, Johannesburg to face last year’s losing finalists Orlando Pirates.

In the match, played at Orlando Stadium on Tuesday night of August 4, 2015, Ajax Cape Town emerged victorious over the home side through Ndiviwe Mdabuka’s solitary goal.

Kaizer Chiefs took to the field the next night, Wednesday August 5, 2015 at 19:30 under the leadership of new coach Steve Komphela. The Soweto outfit hosted Steve Komphela’s former side, Maritzburg United, at FNB Stadium in Nasrec in Soweto, Johannesburg.

In that match a total of eight goals were score in just over 120 minutes of football; at half-time the visitors, Maritzburg United, led the home side by 2-0 following goals from Kurt Lentjies and Thamsanqa Mkhize.

At the start of the second half George Lebese pulled one back for the home side before Bernard Parker completed the comeback leveling the score at 2-2. George Lebese scored once more to put Kaizer Chiefs in front for the first time in that match.

However, then newly signed Kaizer Chiefs defender Siyanda Xulu made a terrible debut when his own goal put the Maritzburg United back in the match. At the end of the second half the score was tied a 3-3. In extra time Siyanda Xulu atoned for his sins when he put Kaizer Chiefs back in front and Hendrick Ekstein made it 5-3 in extra time’s stoppage time.

In the semi-final Ajax Cape Town was drawn against BidVest Wits and played the first leg at home at Coetzenburg Stadium in Stellenbosch outside the city of Cape Town in the Western Cape province, this was due to the unavailability of the Cape Town Stadium and the Athlone Stadium.

The match was played to a 1-1 draw after goals from Tashreeq Losper (Ajax Cape Town) and Henrico Botes (BidVest Wits). In the return leg played at the BidVest Stadium in Braampark, Johannesburg Nathan Paulse’s goal from the penalty spot was enough to secure a 1-0 victory for Ajax Cape Town and a 2-1 victory on aggregate.

In the second semi-final Kaizer Chiefs was drawn against Bloemfontein Celtic; the first leg was played on Sunday afternoon of August 16, 2015 at Free State Stadium in the city of Bloemfontein and finished 1-1 following goals from Hélder Pelembe ( Bloemfontein Celtic) and Bernard Parker (Kaizer Chiefs). In the return leg played on Saturday night of August 29, 2015 at 20:15 at FNB Stadium George Lebese’s 41st minute goal was enough to see Kaizer Chiefs book a spot in the final.

 

Home and Away Team

The 2015 MTN8inal was played at a neutral venue in a neutral city and province; Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in the city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province. Ajax Cape Town was drawn first in the home/ away team draw and therefore had the home team advantage.

 

Kit

Ajax Cape Town wore their home jersey which is their red and white traditional colours while Kaizer Chiefs wore their 2015/16 PSL Season home kit which is gold shirts with downward black stripes and white numbers and gold shots with black numbers.

 

 

The Match

Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer ChiefsAjax Cape Town defeated Kaizer Chiefs with a solitary goal scored by Nathan Paulse to be crowned 2015 MTN 8 Champions. Kaizer Chiefs were the slowest of the two sides off the blocks in the first half with Ajax Cape Town looking ever threatening; Nathan Paulse came the closest to scoring after he found himself at the end of Cecil Lolo’s cross but headed over the crossbar.

In the 23rd minute Mosa Lebusa headed in Cecil Lolo’s cross but the goal was disallowed after he was adjudged to have been off-side. Shortly after Nathan Paulse’s volley beat Itumeleng Khune only to hit the crossbar. Cecil Lolo was once again at it as he produced yet another cross to set up Abbubaker Mobara who unleashed a shot only to be saved by Itumeleng Khune. Despite Cecil Lolo’s hard work, even he finding himself in the face of a chance, the score was 0-0 at the conclusion of a first half.

Kaizer Chiefs came out for the second half determined to turn the tables on Ajax Cape Town but quickly found themselves in trouble when Eric Mathoho fouled Nathan Paulse in the penalty area. Nathan Paulse took the penalty himself and made no mistake putting the urban warriors in front. Kaizer Chiefs made all reasonable effort to level the score but were unable to, Nathan Paulse’s 53rd minute conversion from the penalty spot was enough to see Ajax Cape Town crowned 2015 MTN 8 champions.

 

 

Ajax Cape Town Logo Kaizer Chiefs Logo

Starting XI

32. Anssi Jaakkola 32. Itumeleng Khune
05. Mosa Lebusa 02. Siboniso Gaxa
21. Cecil Lolo 24. Tsepo Masilela 66′
18. Abbubaker Mobara 05. Siyanda Xulu 70′
03. Rivaldo Coetzee 19′ 03. Eric Mathoho
10. Toriq Losper 31. Willard Katsande
06. Travis Graham Substituted 84′ 69′ 06. Reneilwe Letsholonyane
08. Ndiviwe Mdabuka 14. Siphiwe Tshabalala
11. Bantu Mzwakali Substituted 81′ 17. George Lebese Substituted 78′
31. Riyaad Norodien Substituted 72′ 25. Bernard Parker Substituted 57′
29. Nathan Paulse  56′ 72′ 20. Siphelele Mthembu Substituted 57′

Coaches

 Roger De Sá  Steve Komphela

Substitutions

 All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order All Substitutions NOT in Numerical Order
30. Jody February 01. Reyaad Pieterse
07. Erwin Isaacs Substituted 72′ 09. Camaldine Abraw Substituted 57′
24. Franklin Cale Substituted 81′ 90+2′ 22. Edward Manqele Substituted 57′
12. Granwald Scot Substituted 84′ 86′ 12. George Maluleka Substituted 78′
15. Prince Nxumalo 30. Ivan Bukenya
25. Milton Ncube 18. Kgotso Moleko
02. Abel Mabaso 11. Ovidy Karuru

Match Statistics

 –% Possession –%
 – Corners  –
 – Shots  –
 – Shots on Target  –
 – Fouls  –
 – Off-sides  –
 5 Yellow Cards  2
 0 Red Cards  0

Legend

Yellow Card
Goal Scorer
Penalty Goal
Substituted Substituted Out
Substituted Substituted In
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