Ajax aim to orbit Stars

Ajax Cape Town will look to leapfrog Platinum Stars on the Absa Premiership log when they host this season’s double cup winners at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday evening, kick-off at 20h15.

The Urban Warriors reaped the fruits of their revival after they broke into the top seven following their 2-1 victory over Bloemfontein Celtic on Wednesday evening, their second successive home win of the season.

Nathan Paulse and Aiden Jenniker got of the scoresheet for Muhsin Ertugral’s men as they recorded a crucial three points that as line-up them up to potentially lead frog their next adversaries.

“I think the positives of Celtic was that we won and that is a big morale booster because it is three out of three now,” said Ajax’s midfielder Cole Alexander.

“Although we didn’t play the best of football, and Celtic was coming, we were very organised.

“I think Stars is one of the best teams in the league and they play total football. That is what we play as well, so it’s going to be a good game.

“It’s a good time to play them I think because we are hungrier than they are right now after they won two cups.”

The fixture will be Ajax’s last in 2013 and the 23-year-old feels it is crucial to end the year on a high.

“It’s very important to get this last win of the year. We need to end it going home happy, and a win could put us up to fourth or fifth on log which will be a really great end to the year.”

On the contrary, Stars suffered a shock 3-0 defeat to Orlando Pirates on Monday afternoon just days after doing a cup double over Roger de Sa’s Soweto outfit.

The defeat took everyone by surprise giving Allan Freese’s history against the Buccaneers, but the club’s leading goalscorer of all time Henrico Botes says the Sea Robbers were up for the challenge.

“After the Pirates loss we have been preparing for this game like normal,” said the striker.

“Pirates were resilient, they decided they weren’t going to lose and I must congratulate them on their approach.

“They were on the end of everything. I think the game was won in the first 35 minutes anyway, but now we are looking to Ajax.

The Nambian added. “Ajax have picked up form and we know they are a tough team. They are starting to understand what Erugral wants from them.

“In Cape Town you don’t come away with the points easily so we have to dig deep. It will be tough to get any points.

“It will be a humdinger and I just hope that everyone who was absent from the Pirates game will be recover and be back in time to help us. We are looking forward to it.”