Cape Town - Bidvest Wits will look to
make the most of their slight advantage heading into the second leg of their
MTN8 semifinal against Ajax Cape Town.
Wits scored late in the
first leg through Henrico Botes to claim a 1-1 draw at the Coetzenburg Stadium
on August 15, a result which sees them with their noses ahead thanks to an away
Should Gavin Hunt’s side
keep a clean sheet, they will be sure of progressing to the Top Eight final for
the first time since famously beating Kaizer Chiefs to claim the trophy in
As for Ajax, who opened
the scoring in their home leg through Toriq Losper, they need to fight back and
find the back of the net early to put the hosts under pressure.
The Urban Warriors still
boast an unbeaten record in cup matches between the teams, with the sequence
now reading two wins for the Cape side and two draws (one of which went to
penalties and was won by Ajax) from four matches.
The Clever Boys will look
for a repeat of their home result against Ajax from the first round of league
matches earlier this month: the Johannesburg side claimed a 2-1 home victory
thanks to goals from Sibusiso Vilakazi and Elias Pelembe, while the visitors’
consolation goal was scored by Abbubaker Mobara.
The Urban Warriors have
not beaten Wits in Johannesburg since the 2009/10 season, but a score draw of
2-2 or more will be enough to see them progress on away goals.
The teams both come into
the match on the back of home league victories in midweek: Wits defeated
Maritzburg United 2-0 thanks to strikes from Kris Bright (on debut) and
Vilakazi, while Ajax edged Free State Stars 2-1 with goals from Mosa Lebusa and
The teams will meet for the return match of their last-four tie at Bidvest Stadium on Sunday, August 30.
Kick-off at 15:00.