Cape Town City “reclaimed the Cape” by beating local rivals Ajax Cape Town in their maiden derby clash.
Friday’s match at Cape Town Stadium was a ding-dong affair with a vrag chances for both teams to snatch the bragging rights for estranged owners and brothers-in-law John Comitis and the Efstathiou brothers.
But the match was settled by Bhongolethu Jayiya’s 20th-minute strike.
Jayiya and Aubrey Ngoma caused havoc down the flanks for Ajax, while powerhouse striker Nathan Paulse terrorised the City defence with his aerial work.
Ajax had the better of the chances in the match, but they were wasteful with the goal at their mercy.
City, too, had their fair share of opportunities to extend their lead and Ngoma was unlucky to hit the upright just after the hour mark.
With no side able to take control of the game, both coaches were unhappy with their teams’ performances.
But for the Cape fans, it was a treat to watch.
Ajax boss Roger de Sa, whose team have still not won this season, says: “I think it could have gone either way.
“Throughout the game we had our chances and up until they scored we looked like we were going to get a goal and then we gave a silly goal away from bad defending
“It was a typical derby tempo. Some players rose to the occasion and others didn’t and that was clear to see and was a bit disappointing.
“For the first derby hopefully it was a good spectacle — obviously we are a bit disappointed with the result, but we have to keep on going.”
City’s Eric Tinkler adds: “This was a game full of mistakes. Offensively we made mistakes, we didn’t punish when we had opportunities to punish.
“Definitely we knew [Nathan] Paulse would be a handful, but we allowed him to win way too many challenges without anyone really putting pressure on him.
“Am I happy? I’m happy I got the three points of course. Am I happy with the performance? Not entirely.”