Absa Premiership

Ajax eager for Aces revenge

2014-10-02 09:52

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town and Black Aces will turn their attention to a Telkom Knockout last 16 clash at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.

Read: Ajax suffer first loss to Aces

Roger De Sa and the Urban Warriors suffered their first defeat of the season on the weekend, going down at the hands of their upcoming opponents.

Ajax were eliminated from the last 16 round of the Telkom Knockout last year, losing 2-1 away to SuperSport United.

The Cape Town side has played 18 Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording eight wins, four draws and six defeats. They have won three of the four penalty shootouts they have been involved in.

The Urban Warriors best showing in the Telkom Knockout era arrived in 2008 when they won the competition, defeating Orlando Pirates in the final.

In League Cup history, Ajax have won the tournament twice (2000 & 2008) and appeared in the final a further two times (2006 & 2009/10).

Aces come into the match on the back of a four-game unbeaten run, with their 1-0 win over Ajax representing a third successive match in which they have kept a clean sheet.

Aces were also eliminated from the last 16 round of the Telkom Knockout last year, losing 3-1 to eventual finalists Orlando Pirates.

The Mpumalanga side has played four Telkom Knockout matches since the tournament’s inception in 2006, recording one win and three defeats.

AmaZayoni’s best showing in the Telkom Knockout era arrived in the 2010/11 season when they reached the quarterfinals before being eliminated by Moroka Swallows.

In head-to-head stats, this will be the first official cup meeting of Ajax and Aces in PSL football. The teams have clashed in seven league matches since AmaZayoni first returned to the top flight in 2009/10.

The Urban Warriors have three wins compared to two for the Mpumalanga side, while two matches have been drawn. Ajax have recorded one win, one draw and one defeat from their three home matches against Aces.

That lone defeat in Cape Town arrived in the second half of last season, with AmaZayoni winning 2-0 thanks to a brace from Tendai Ndoro.

The teams also met this past weekend in league action, with Dennis Masina scoring the only goal of the game to see Aces win 1-0. Kick-off at 15:00 on Sunday, October 5.


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