Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town CEO Ari Efstathiou has talked up the
importance of the Cape Town Derby as the Urban Warriors face crosstown
rivals Cape Town City on Saturday.
The Urban Warriors will not only be hoping to bounce back
from a 5-0 defeat to Wits in their most recent Absa Premiership
encounter, but also be desperate to make amends for the 1-0 loss suffered in
the first ever competitive meeting against the Citizens.
Efstathiou was realistic in his assessment of the inaugural
clash between the two Cape clubs, with a first-half goal from Bhongolwethu
Jayiya settling matters on the day.
“We all know how important the Derby is, we are very
disappointed at the result of the last Derby; I think we could have pulled off
a result,” said Efstathiou on the club's website.
“But - to be honest - we didn’t deserve a win, maybe a draw.
They were at the time a little more geared up, I think this time it is the
reverse, and I am quite confident that we are in the driving seat this time
“The players are committed, I think their pride also got
dented last time around. You go around in Cape Town as the losing team, whether
you are an adminstrator, attend to the fields or you are a player - you still
get the flack of losing.
Efstathiou continued: “We all want to be on the winning side
and we want to claim our rightful position as ‘the’ Cape Town team. We have
been in existence for 17 years and we have got the majority of the support
“We are going out there to win the game.
Moreover, Efstathiou pointed to the fact that the Ajax Cape
Town team predominantly consists of players from the Cape Town area, with more
than half the squad hailing from the Mother City and its surroundings.
“When we look at our squad: we have 34 registered players
that have got Ajax contracts, 18 of them come from our youth structures, 18 are
Capetonians – these are good stories,” Efstathiou added.
“More than half of our squad are from the academy, more than
half are from Cape Town so who is the Cape Town team?”
Kick-off is scheduled for 20:15.