Absa Premiership

Ajax, Baroka in survival of the fittest clash

2018-04-24 10:07
Muhsin Ertugral (Gallo Images)

Cape Town - Ajax Cape Town have a big opportunity to make up ground in their battle for survival when they face fellow strugglers Baroka at Athlone Stadium on Tuesday evening.

The venue has been a positive for the Urban Warriors in a season of struggle as they have won three, drawn one and lost one at the ground.

Meanwhile, Bakgaga have won just once on their travels in the last 10 matches and are winless in their last four encounters across all competitions.

Currently, Ajax are 15th in the Premiership table on 28 points, whereas Baroka are five points better off in ninth spot.

With just three games to go in the campaign, it appears this is a must-win clash for Muhsin Ertugral's side.

"At home we have a pretty good record‚ but it is a pressure situation," Ertugral told the club's official website.

"It comes down to how we react in extreme pressure. Can we be calm and do the things we have worked on‚ or is that only 50% because the pressure kicks in?

"We all know that when pressure comes in we make decisions that even ourselves‚ we don't understand why we did it.

"These are all the elements we need to look into‚ but we have learnt in the last couple of months to deal with the pressure and handle the pressure."

For Bakgaga interim coach MacDonald Makhubedu, a top-eight finish is his goal.

"The battle will begin Tuesday (against Ajax]), the survival of the fittest. We put ourselves here and we have to take ourselves out. We want to be in the top eight. We need to aim high," he said.

In team news, the hosts are without Fagrie Lakay due to suspension, while the visitors have no further injury concerns ahead of the match.

Kick-off is at 19:30 on Tuesday, April 24.

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