Shaky Ajax face Chiefs

2011-08-20 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — The MTN8 really starts to hot up this weekend when Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town clash in the semi-finals at the FNB Stadium.

Chiefs will be out to avenge their 2009 semi-final showing, which saw the Urban Warriors progress to the final at the expense of Amakhosi. The Soweto giants should head into today’s encounter full of confidence after having recorded a 100% start to the new season, and coach Vladimir Vermezovic is expecting more of the same today.

“This kind of competition is in two parts and nothing will be over in the first leg. It is always most important in the first leg,

especially when you are playing at home, not to concede a goal. 0-0 is better than 1-1,” he said. “But Chiefs don’t know how to play a draw, we are going for a win. We want to improve every game. We have already played three official games and won them and we want to continue with our good run.”

Meanwhile, Urban Warriors coach Maarten Stekelenburg has called on his side to show more consistency as they go in search of silverware this season. The Capetonians have looked shaky at times this season, having won their MTN8 quarter-final clash against SuperSport 5-2 before losing to Platinum Stars and drawing with Maritzburg United in the Absa Premiership.

He told the club’s official website: “We have reviewed our performance against Maritzburg United and we are aware that an improved performance is needed from the team to get the desired result against Chiefs in Johannesburg.

“Whereas United was more defensive, Chiefs like to take the game to their opponents and this makes for more attacking football. A big positive for Ajax is that we are creating the chances to score with Billiat, Fanteni, Selembe and Rusike linking up very well this early in the season.”

— Football365.

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