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Cape Town Ajax 1 - Pompey 2

Ikanva training complex, South Africa

Wednesday 30th July


Cape Town Ajax 1-2 Pompey

We continued our pre-season preparations with a friendly match in South Africa with Cape Town Ajax today, running out 2-1 victors.

This is the match report from the Pompey Site...




Jermain Defoe and Pedro Mendes scored first-half goals as Pompey beat Cape Town Ajax in a friendly match on Wednesday.

The Blues effectively sealed the game with two goals in the opening 20 minutes of the match at Cape Town Ajax's Ikanva training complex.

Substitute Dipsy Selolwane pulled one back for the home side in injury time, following a spirited second-half response by the hosts.

Hundreds of locals turned out to watch the game and supporters decked out in red-and-white Ajax shirts waved flags and blew giant horns called Vuvuzelas.

Others watched the game from behind a fence next to Frans Conradie Road through Cape Town's Parow district.

In contrast to the sunshine of Pompey's first two days in Cape Town, the gloomy mid-winter weather meant Table Mountain, which provided the backdrop for the Blues' training session at Ajax Cape Town's training ground on Tuesday, was hidden by cloud.

Six Pompey players stayed behind at the team hotel to have treatment for knocks: David James (calf), Noe Pamarot (thigh), Glen Little (hamstring), Sean Davis (knee), John Utaka (calf) and Kanu (thigh). Linvoy Primus, suffering from a stomach bug, was also absent.

But the Blues went about their business and were ahead after 14 minutes, Niko Kranjcar flicking a ball over the top for DEFOE to neatly lob Sean Roberts.

The Blues extended their lead four minutes later when MENDES took advantage of a mistake in the Cape Town defence. Gathering the ball 25 yards out, the Blues midfielder swerved a shot into the top corner of the net with the outside of his right foot.

Pompey nearly added a third on 39 minutes thanks to more quick thinking from Kranjcar, whose ball over the top sent Defoe racing away.

The angle was tight, but the England striker nearly scored with a lob that flew just the wrong side of the far post.

Cape Town upped the tempo after the break with Jamie Ashdown twice having to save smartly from Sameehg Doutie.

Striker Emmanuel then headed narrowly over as Pompey's defence came under further pressure.

Pompey responded by carving out a couple of chances of their own - Ben Sahar shooting just wide before Kranjcar curled a free-kick just the wrong side of the post.

But Cape Town got the goal their supporters craved when Selolwane beat Ashdown from the edge of the box with a curling right foot shot.

Pompey: Ashdown; Lauren, Campbell, Cranie, Babayaro; Mvuemba, Diarra, Mendes (Diop 65), Kranjcar; Sahar, Defoe (Crouch 65).

Cape Town Ajax: Roberts; Allie, Fereira, Kubeka, Evans; Shumana, Bisser, Emmanuel (Selolwane 70), Josef, Cale, Doutie.

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Date:Wednesday July 30 2008

Time: 1:57PM

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Another good result for pompey . The goals sound good . Think redknapp will have to spend if we have 7 players out injured and with a stomach bug ! Hopefully we sign babayaro ! sounds promising so far ready for the season in 3 weeks time.
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30/07/2008 15:49:00

No doubt the oppositions to come will give us a harder time. Yes, take the positives but don't hide the obvious. Still need some more quality in depth.
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30/07/2008 15:53:00

Good old Pedro - so pleased he scored. Germain's looking hot, too, if he keeps scoring, he's got to make the England team.
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30/07/2008 16:55:00

This is a good result, but that injury list scares me!
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30/07/2008 18:41:00

Sounded like Babayaro got burned all game long by Ajax's right middie. Any news on how the kid that trained with us did?
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30/07/2008 18:54:00

I thougt Harry was going to watch one of their players Enoh or something similar? Did he not play?
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30/07/2008 21:04:00

Good result, so far pre season is going pretty well. defoe seems in great form at the moment! Glad mendes is getting a look in, hopefully he will play more this season.
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30/07/2008 21:07:00

Enoh can't come to England needs to play 75% of the internationals to qualify or something like that.
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30/07/2008 21:15:00

Nice to see a Tellytubby on the scoresheet for Ajax as well
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30/07/2008 21:34:00

Yeah after reading some more press releases it looks like Enoh is either going to Maccabi Haifa or Ajax Amsterdam. He apparently impressed on a recent trial in Israel and Ajax want to run the rule over him before he moves from their feeder club.
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30/07/2008 23:57:00

good to see jermain in the goals again - there 'should' be plenty between him and crouchy this season... also good to see pedro on the sheet again - lets hope we see his name on the teamsheet plenty of times this season, as diarra certainly benefits playing alongside him!
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31/07/2008 13:45:00

Yep agree Ruggers Little and Large should be a big hit next year..
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01/08/2008 08:25:00

Didn't their stock decline sharply in the Eighties? Wouldn't surprise me if Crouch and Defoe have never even heard of Little n Large :)
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01/08/2008 12:04:00

good to see Diarra got arun out too
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01/08/2008 19:19:00

Am I showing my age again Tantona ?
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02/08/2008 07:10:00

I'm surprised and happy you're using Sahar. Hopefully he comes back to us a first teamer and hopefully you lot can break into Champions LEague football come seasons end.
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04/08/2008 10:56:00


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