Ajax stand in Swallows' survival path

2015-05-06 09:03
Lerato Chabangu (Supplied)

Cape Town - It will be a do-or-die affair as Moroka Swallows take on Ajax Cape Town in the penultimate round of Premiership fixture on Wednesday evening.

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The Dube Birds are staring the drop in the face as they sit 15th in the standings, two points from safety with just two games remaining, meaning defeat this week, coupled with positive result for 14th-placed Chippa United, could see the Soweto outfit resigned to the relegation play-offs.

They do, however, head to the Cape Town Stadium with an almost fully fit squad, with only veteran defender Ashraf Hendricks (suspended) missing out on the trip to the Mother City.

Sixth-placed Ajax will also be without the services of a highly-experienced player in Franklin Cale. The dazzling left-winger is the team's second leading scorer with three goals and has been an integral part of the Capetonians' relatively stable form this season.

The desperation to avoid the drop by Swallows will not be aided by the fact the Urban Warriors have won all of their last six home matches in the league this term, while Swallows have only won three times on the road in the current campaign.

Many critics have cited the notion that Swallows may have a weak link in the aging stopper Greg Etafia, an opinion that is validated by the fact he kept only two clean sheets this season, while his replacement over the last few games, Sage Stephens, kept Maritzburg United at bay in the vital 1-0 win on Friday.

The age factor between the sides is one that cannot be ignored, and could be decisive in this much-awaited encounter, given the fact that Ajax have 10 players under the age of 21, while& Swallows have only one.

On the other hand, it could be the experience of the likes of Siyabonga Nomvethe and Lerato Chabangu which could tip the scale in favour of the visitors.

Ajax have quietly gone about their business this season under the mentorship of Roger de Sa, while Swallows have been fighting fires throughout the season, making a few changes to their technical team in a bid to avoid the chop.

Kick-off is at 19:30 on Wednesday, May 6.

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