Ajax look to derail Chiefs

2014-03-19 11:49
Roger de Sa (Gallo Images)

Johannesburg - Ajax Cape Town and Kaizer Chiefs will meet at the Peter Mokaba Stadium on Wednesday evening hoping to get the better of each other in an Absa Premiership match.

Kick-off is at 19:30.

According to the website, the Urban Warriors will look to continue their unbeaten run with former Orlando Pirates head coach, Roger de Sa, in charge, all while hoping to climb the league table.

Ajax’s last outing took them to Athlone Stadium on Sunday afternoon where they failed to conjure up enough chances to see them defeat the University of Pretoria.

“Tuks are a team that can play and they can do it well. They are always a threat to catch on the counter and they do it well, they’ve done it in the past,” said de Sa.

“It was always an issue that we had to make sure we don’t get caught. We came close once or twice, a couple of half chances really, but I think in the final third we have got to be a lot better.”

Ajax were without the services of the injured Eleazar Rodgers and Nathan Paulse, but showed more promise with the introduction of Granwald Scott in the midfield, which ultimately allowed for others to play a more advanced role.

“When Scotty came on we had to push [Abbubaker] Mobara higher and I thought it worked. He got into goalscoring positions, so did [Keagan] Dolly and so did Simba [Sithole]- he just needs legs in him.

“Maybe Scotty was the difference and we became a bit more positive,” added the head tactician.

Chances won’t come as easily in Polokwane in the midweek and the Mozambican knows full well of the challenge that lies ahead.

“It is always difficult coming up against Kaizer Chiefs. We are not the best travellers but we always do pretty well against Chiefs,” added De Sa.

“I think they have also got other things on their mind as well, so hopefully we can get a result.”

Meanwhile, Chiefs will undoubtedly be buoyed by their Soweto derby win on the weekend against rivals Orlando Pirates.

It was a performance truly instigated by the impressive form of Willard Katsande and head coach Stuart Baxter admits that he is not looking forward to continuing on with their heavy schedule.

“Pirates played very well in the first half,” said the Englishman. “They created a few chances and got us worried at times. At halftime we spoke about going on attack and improving our transition play.

“I am very happy with the results and proud of the guys, I think they really played well.

"Ajax and the tight schedule? We are going to Polokwane to face Ajax Cape Town and then to Democratic Republic of Congo.

“[Against Ajax] we will continue with the rotation of the players without creating an imbalance in the squad. I prefer to play at home than travelling, we've had enough of that now.

“The win [against Pirates] augers well for the next game. A defeat in any game puts pressure on the next game.”

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