Chiefs on steam train to Cape Town

2014-10-19 15:00

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Teams have tried and failed to derail Amakhosi, but Ajax might just be on the right track

A total of eight teams have failed to derail the Kaizer Chiefs train this season.

Amakhosi have had a perfect start to the campaign. They have won all seven of their Premiership matches, as well as all four games in the MTN8 – which ended with the first trophy of the season – and they notched up another victory in the Telkom Knockout tournament.

Now the big questions is: can Ajax Cape Town do what Orlando Pirates, Mpumalanga Black Aces (twice), Platinum Stars (thrice), Maritzburg United (twice), Bloemfontein Celtic, Free State Stars, University of Pretoria and SuperSport United have failed to do?

This is a tough ask for Ajax coach Roger De Sa, whose team are facing two Soweto giants in a space of six days.

In between, Ajax will play Platinum Stars before taking on De Sa’s former side, Pirates, in the quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout on Saturday evening.

It’s a clash of number one and number two with a seven-point difference between them.

De Sa said he was hoping to do the chasing pack a favour by derailing Chiefs, but conceded Amakhosi were a well-oiled machine.

“They are the best team at the moment and know how to exploit your weaknesses. They look like a happy family and this can be seen in how they perform. But we will have a plan to stop them,” he said.

Ajax have been a surprise package in this year’s campaign and the Urban Warriors have snatched second position on the log.

De Sa said this afternoon’s clash was a good opportunity for his youngsters to show just how far they had come.

Chiefs have never had it easy in the Mother City with Ajax always having the upper hand on home territory. But Amakhosi have been unstoppable so far.

The only worrying fact for Stuart Baxter will be that Amakhosi have won their previous three games by a solitary goal. He’ll be hoping his players find the back of the net more often in this game.

The game will see in-form George Maluleka facing a side where he made his name under Foppe de Haan.

But Chiefs will have to be wary of free-scoring Thabiso Nkoana who has netted five goals in all competitions so far. The game promises to be an entertaining affair.

In another fixture that also takes place this afternoon, Celtic coach Ernst Middendorp starts his job-saving campaign against equally struggling Polokwane City at the Kaizer Sebothelo Stadium.

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