Ajax Cape Town host high flying Kaizer Chiefs side in what is sure to be a thrilling Absa Premiership clash at Athlone Stadium on Saturday evening, Kick-off is at 8:15 pm.
The Urban Warriors have yet to win this year with successive defeats to Bidvest Wits and Cape Town City followed by a frustrating 1-1 draw away to Polokwane City.
As a result, the Cape side find themselves right in the thick of things in the bottom half of the table. But, victory at the weekend could propel the club into the top eight; such is the competitiveness of the South African league this season.
Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo is looking forward to the clash, with the former Dutch international explaining that he’d rather come up against a team like Chiefs – than a team happy to sit back and hit Ajax on the counter-attack.
“If I am honest and I don’t know why [I feel like this], but I’d rather play a team like Kaizer Chiefs than a Polokwane City for example, or teams that wait for the counter-attack,” Menzo said at Ikamva earlier this week.
Menzo continued: “Chiefs are a team that like to play, like to have the ball, as a result, there will be space for us to play. We are also a team that likes to play, likes to have the ball, so it will be more a football game than a tactical game in terms of waiting for a mistake and then counter-attack.
“It will be a very interesting game playing against a good team with good players, who are on a good run. Let’s see if we are able to disrupt their way of playing and if we are able to play our own game, and I think if we play our own game we will have more possibilities.”
Menzo is acutely aware of the experience within the Kaizer Chiefs set-up and expects a difficult game at what is sure to be a packed Athlone Stadium.
“I don’t know the team so well, but I know it is a quality team, a team that likes to play football,” Menzo added. “I think the individual skills of players – they are very experienced and mature so they know when and where they can hurt us. We have to be aware of that.”
In contrast to Ajax, Kaizer Chiefs have been on a superb run of form of late with the Naturena-based club, having assembled a five game winning streak. Their latest result was a 1-0 win over Highlands Park.
“The result: we’re delighted, we’re happy. The challenge: it was a great challenge from Highlands Park and Gordon [Igesund] must be complimented,” said Komphela in the aftermath of the win.
“Our supporters: we are happy for them. They are coming in numbers and they leave stadiums with a good thing.
“Matches: looking at the log, one at a time and that is how we look at it. Five [wins] in a row, we wish we could get more. We shouldn’t be satisfied just yet.
“We take it one game at a time.”
Moreover, Ajax Cape Town will be without captain Travis Graham for the clash – he along with Glamour Boys defender Lorenzo Gordinho are suspended for the game.