After 120 minutes of football in Durban, Ajax Cape Town returned to Cape Town focussed on their next game against Sundowns at the Newlands Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The coach gave the players a day of rest on Thursday and they will report to training on Friday to prepare for an all-important clash against the ABSA Premiership log leaders, Mamelodi Sundowns.
Sundowns are an offensive team having scored 34 goals this season however with Matthew Booth and Nazeer Allie to marshal the Ajax defence, the battle will be in the midfield to create space for both sets of strikers
The return to form of Terror Fanteni who netted in both games against Amazulu this past week is a boost for Ajax Cape Town; he played an important role in Ajax Cape Town’s game-plan against Usuthu. Playing in tandem with Khama Billiat and Paul Rusike, Fanteni created space to bring his fellow strikers into offensive positions and this will be key for the Sundowns game.
The Urban Warriors are hoping for more of the same from Fanteni as they go in search of victory to stay in the title race. A win will lift Ajax into the top four on 34 points and depending on the result of the Soweto Derby, Ajax could even be in the top three if the results go their way.
The last seventeen games between these two teams are evenly matched with Ajax Cape Town just ahead of Sundowns with an 8 to 5 win ratio and 4 drawn results. Last season these two exciting teams played to an action packed 4-all draw in Pretoria and a 3-2 win for Ajax in Cape Town in the return leg.
Both teams play an attacking brand of football and local fans are once again about to witness a feast of football with goals guaranteed.
Jan Pruijn, the Head of Technical Affairs at Ajax Cape Town said, “We watched the Sundowns game against Wits and I must say the pitch did not favour carpet football. The Loftus pitch was not a good pitch to play football on, but they acquitted themselves well.
It was an open game with both teams creating scoring chances.
We are disappointed at having to return to Cape Town without a win, but the only way for our players to banish the memory of the Cup game is for them to play again as soon as possible and to get a positive a result in the process.
We will plan all areas of our team for this game, we know that they are an organised team but they also concede goals and we are looking to exploit that aspect of their game.
Our players need no motivation, we believe that they can win this game and their hunger will pull the team through.”