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Second round. Will AmaKhosi deal with Ajax pounding headache?

Ajax Cape Town will be out to inflict further misery on Kaizer Chiefs when they host the defending Absa Premiership champions in a league clash at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening.

Second round. Will AmaKhosi deal with Ajax pounding headache?

Talisman. Chiefs grafter Willard Katsande face Ajax CT in the PSL clash at Cape Town this evening. This is the second round meeting following Ajax win last week.

Kick-off is at 8:15 pm.

The Urban Warriors beat the Amakhosi 1-0 to win the MTN8 title in Port Elizabeth last weekend with Nathan Paulse securing a deserved win for the Cape side.

Having slipped off the top of the standings following a 3-2 defeat to Mamelodi Sundowns in midweek, Roger de Sa’s men will be eager to bounce back on home soil.

Ajax midfielder Franklin Cale expects a Chiefs backlash with the Soweto giants eyeing early revenge for losing their top eight title.

“Coming to this Saturday, we know that Kaizer Chiefs will want to hammer us. They won’t want to lose again, after what happened in the Cup Final,” said Cale.

Quizzed about the added rivalry since Chiefs announced that they would play three of their home games this season at Cape Town Stadium , Cale added: “At first when I heard about it, I was a little angry.

“There are many Cape Town teams who would want to play at the stadium and don’t get a chance to. So when Chiefs come here we really want to win at our home stadium. I believe that our home ground is one of the best grounds in the country.”

Chiefs kept their unbeaten start to the season intact, albeit a 1-1 home draw against the University of Pretoria will be regarded as a disappointing result for the Glamour Boys.

Head coach Steve Komphela was not happy with the manner in which Tebogo Monyai levelled matters for AmaTuks on Wednesday and admits his side are not playing the attractive football that is expected from them.

“I don’t know, we lacked rhythm – even in the first-half. The culmination of the goal again was a lack of pressure around the box, something that we are trying to work on,” said Komphela.

“I don’t know if its the thing of the more emphasize you put on something, nerves are raised, but it’s something we have to address.

The former Maritzburg United mentor continued: “We lack the rhythm we had before, I don’t know if its metal or what – we have to build our own confidence. The fans love a team that play good football, I don’t think we are living up to that standard, we will get that right.”

In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Chiefs have met in 32 league matches since 1999/2000.

The Amakhosi have 14 wins compared to nine for the Urban Warriors, while nine matches have been drawn.

Last season the Amakhosi completed a league ‘double’ over the Urban Warriors by winning 1-0 both away and home.

Other PSL fixtures:

Saturday 26 September 2015
SuperSport United v Platinum Stars Lucas Moripe Stadium 15:00
Free State Stars v Bidvest Wits Goble Park 15:00
Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs Cape Town Stadium 20:15
Sunday 27 September 2015
University of Pretoria v Bloem Celtic Tuks Stadium 15:00
Jomo Cosmos v Mamelodi Sundowns Olen Park 15:00
Black Aces v Maritzburg Utd Kanyamazane Stadium 15:00

Ed Note: We would like to send our deepest condolences to the family and friends of fallen lensman Duif du Toit.

Although never worked with him because of our different roles within the media industry, I met him several times at sporting games.

We’re going to miss that long beard and jolly face.

Rest eternally in Peace Du Toit…

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