The centre-back opened his Chiefs account in front of a buzzing crowd at the Athlone Stadium, but his efforts were not enough as Ajax pegged them back
Kaizer Chiefs failed to move to the top of the log following their 1-1 draw away to Ajax Cape Town on Saturday night.
Nathan Paulse punished Amakhosi with powerful header minutes after the half-time break, but a Daniel Cardoso header late in the game rescued a point for the visiting team.
Despite numerous goalscoring chances created by both sides throughout the 90 minutes, the match ended in a stalemate, leaving the Glamour Boys third on the log with 11 games to go.
This fixture hogged the headlines for all the wrong reasons in midweek, as Ajax struggled to find a suitable venue to accommodate their Soweto opponents, and there were concerns that the game could be postponed.
Both sides breathed a sigh of relief when the Athlone Stadium was announced as the venue for the encounter on Wednesday.
Nonetheless, both teams came well prepared and showed no signs of rustiness.
Steve Komphela made four changes to the side that beat Highlands Park 1-0 in Durban last weekend, with Gustavo Paez making his first start for the club, while George Maluleka, Erick Mathoho as well as George Lebese all returned to the team a 4-1-4-1 formation.
Ajax were also forced to make changes, especially in the middle of the park where captain Travis Grahama (suspended) usually plays. They were also without Rivaldo Coetzee and Grant Margeman.
Both teams looked better on the ball, but Chiefs had a better start to the first half and created better goalscoring chances in the opening 45 minutes.
The best chance of the half fell for Siphiwe Tshabalala, who came close to finding the back of the net inside the first 12 minutes, only to be denied by the upright.
The visitors continued to press high up, but Ajax didn’t hold back as they used Thabo Mosadi’s pace out wide to take the game to Chiefs.
Mark Mayambela kept Amakhosi on their toes with his menacing runs, but Chiefs needed to watch Bantu Mzwakali more as he penetrated easily through the middle.
Chiefs came close again from a free-kick situation midway through the first half. Maluleka saw his free-kick hit the top of the roof from outside the box, with Jody February well beaten.
Stanley Menzo’s charges came out guns blazing after the restart, and had Amakhosi against the ropes for the better part of the second half.
They were duly rewarded two minutes before the hour-mark when Paulse fired past Itumeleng Khune with a powerful header from a Mosadi cross.
Chiefs struggled to get back into the game, and Ajax used that to their advantage as they put them under pressure, relying on their wingers to force Chiefs to make mistakes.
Ajax were unlucky to not to have put the game to bed minutes later as Mzwakali’s header from inside the box came off the crossbar with Khune in no man’s land.
Komphela made changes and brought on some fresh legs to try and rescue a point for Amakhosi.
Substitute William Twala looked ineffective, while Bernard Parker was closed down as soon as he came on for Paez.
In fact, Joseph Molangoane looked livelier of the two substitutes as made things happen from the left hand side of the pitch through to the middle.
Amakhosi’s pressure paid off 11 minutes from time when Daniel Cardoso flicked the ball past February from a Maluleka free-kick to make it 1-1.
Chiefs created some half-chances in the closing stages of the game, but Ajax held on for a precious point.