Ajax and Bucs in tight race for the title

2011-05-07 00:00

KAIZER Chiefs will look to halt Ajax Cape Town from lifting their first-ever Absa Premiership title when they lock horns in a league match today at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane. The kick-off is at 3 pm.

After Amakhosi’s 2-0 loss to Mamelodi Sundowns in their last league match, their chances of lifting the league title took a real dent. Presently the side from Soweto trail the league leaders by six points with two games remaining.

Nonetheless Chiefs captain Jimmy Tau is is adamant his side will pick up victory.

“We are looking to dent Ajax’s title hopes. We are looking to salvage some pride after our last couple of performances. We are looking to dish out our best performance to regain the faith of the fans.”

On his team’s poor performance against Sundowns, the right back says, “Against Sundowns we only have ourselves to blame; it was our own downfall. We should have won that game easily. We had enough chances in front of goal and we should have scored.”

Tau knows it will not be easy to dash Ajax’s title hopes “as they are the league leaders at the moment”.

“They play as a collective unit and work well together, and we have to be careful because they can score from anywhere.”

Ajax they will be solely focused on winning and to be crowned PSL Champions, provided Orlando Pirates fail to defeat Santos in their away match, also today.

Three points behind Ajax, with two games to go, the Buccaneers have no choice but to win their last two matches and hope that the Urban Warriors slip up.

Lying in seventh spot, the Cape side are not yet guaranteed a top eight finish and this will give them plenty to play for today, making Bucs’ task all the more difficult.

Coach Boebie Solomons will be looking to get his charges focused on the three points up for offer, and not pay too much mind to the significance of the result to their city neighbours Ajax.

“We understand though that Pirates will be desperate to keep themselves in the title hunt … they are going to throw everything at us until the final whistle, so we have to be on guard for the duration of the game.

“We’ll be looking though to take inspiration from our victory over Arrows — for that match we had several players back from injury, and had the luxury of being able to select all our best players together,” said the Santos tactician.

Bucs must now put last weekend’s 1-0 loss to SuperSport United out of their minds and find the character and self-belief to travel to the Mother City and secure maximum points from what has always been a tricky fixture for them.

Captain Lucky Lekgwathi will be available again for selection after serving a one-match suspension and is calling on his team-mates not to give up hope just yet.

“We will go to Cape Town with nothing less than victory in mind — we are desperate to win and determined to fight until the very end. That’s all we can do right now.

“Ajax of course are favourites for the title, but we’re not about to give up hope. In football anything is possible, and they still have to win their last two games. We need to beat Santos so that we go into the final game still with a chance.

“It won’t be easy though — matches at Athlone are always difficult.

 

TODAY’S FIXTURES (3 pm): Bloem Celtic v Black Aces, SuperSport v Vasco, Santos v Pirates, Chiefs v Ajax, Golden Arrows v AmaZulu, Moroka Swallows v Wits, Maritzburg Utd v Sundowns, Platinum Stars v Free State Stars.

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