Ajax Cape Town v Kaizer Chiefs – Saturday 27th August – Cape Town Stadium (20:15)
With all still to play for, the second legs of the MTN 8 semi-finals will take place this weekend with Ajax and Kazier Chiefs yet to get off the mark in their first leg clash and Mamelodi Sundowns taking on defending champions Orlando Pirates who won the first leg match 3-2.
Though the Ajax and Chiefs match was an unsatisfying game from a spectator’s point of view, both camps will take positives out of the result. An away draw in the first leg is a respectable result for the Urban Warriors, knowing that they will have home advantage in the all-important second leg. As for Chiefs, the fact they have not conceded an away goal means any score draw in Cape Town next week will put them into the final.
Ajax Coach Maarten Stekelenburg felt his team could have easily won the match against Chiefs if they took the chances that were created. They didn’t allow Chiefs to play their natural game and will be looking to midfielders George Maluleka and Granwald Scott to continue working hard. Ajax will have some confidence coming into this match knowing that they have been close to unbeatable at home in recent times. They went through last season losing only 1 home match, drawing 2 and winning 12. However they are off to a slow start this season without Thualni Serero and ex Manager Foppe De Haan. They went down 2-0 away to a new look Platinum Stars team in their opening PSL fixture and then drew with Maritzburg United at home last week. One player who has been in great form in attacking senses is Khama Billiat. The Zimbabwean was one of the players who failed to put their chances away against Chiefs but was also Ajax’s key man in creating chances. He will come into this game eager to provide what has been the only thing missing from his game so far this season which is goals.
Kaizer Chiefs were also frustrated coming away without a win after performing well so far this campaign. Amakhosi are sitting at the top of the table with Bloemfontein Celtic and Orlando Pirates, all on 6 points. They did well to salvage a win against Jomo Cosmos in their opening PSL match and went on to beat Swallows in a comfortable 2-0 win. New striker Majoro is following in the footsteps of Knowledge Musona by getting crucial goals for his team. Partnered with Bernard Parker they form a formidable strike force and Ajax will need to be at their best in defence without Clayton Daniels who has just signed with Mamelodi Sundowns.
Ajax are difficult to beat at home and a similarly tight match is expected again. The draw is tipped.