Ajax want rhythm in their play

2011-04-05 11:07

Ajax Cape Town will be hoping that the recent break did little to deter their momentum as they prepare to meet Mamelodi Sundowns in a crunch top of the table Premier League match set for Lucas Moripe Stadium in Atteridgeville tomorrow night.

Kickoff is at 7.30pm.

The difference between first placed Ajax (52 points) and their closest challengers in Sundowns and Orlando Pirates is a slim two points, with the former occupying the second spot due to their superior goal difference.

While the Urban Warriors coach Foppe de Haan has officially confirmed he will be retiring from soccer at the end of the season, the Netherlands-born mentor would love to end his illustrious career with a league title.

De Haan admitted the fixture against Sundowns might just prove to be the most critical in ensuring the Capetonians win an inaugural championship.

Even though both Ajax and Sundowns have been inactive for the better part of the last two weeks after being eliminated from the Nedbank Cup, the fixture is still expected to be a cracker with both sides known for their attacking football.

“It’s really an important game because you have number one playing number two,” said De Haan.

“If we are to remain at the top of the log then we would have to get a good win or a draw here.

“I feel we need a little bit of rhythm in our play because we have been inactive for three weeks. That is sad, but we are playing well, and I think we will be okay.”

Pirates will be hosting Moroka Swallows at Orlando Pirates in an enticing encounter at Orlando Stadium simultaneously. Kickoff is at 8pm.

The original Soweto Derby carries contrasting needs for both outfits with Pirates needing three points to maintain their challenge for the title, while the Birds are in search of a crucial win to ease their relegation woes.

“As much as Swallows might say they need the win against us, unfortunately, we also have to get the three points from the game because we are chasing the league,” said Pirates winger Mark Mayambela.

“Everything has being going well for us lately. We will be focusing on making sure that we do everything right on our side, and not be bothered about the score in the Sundowns and Ajax game.”

In tomorrow’s other matches, the two afternoon games are Free State Stars v Maritzburg United at Goble Park and Black Aces v AmaZulu at Puma Stadium, both kicking off at 3pm.

In the evening, fourth-placed Kaizer Chiefs travel to Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit to play Bidvest Wits, Golden Arrows face SuperSport United at Chatsworth Stadium and Santos take on Platinum Stars at Athlone Stadium - all starting at 7.30pm. 

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