Ajax aim to keep momentum going

Ajax Cape Town will be eager to build on their first win of the season when they travel to the capital to take on the University of Pretoria in an Absa Premiership encounter at Tuks Stadium on Saturday evening, kick off at 8:15pm.

It won’t be easy though as Tuks have played well on home soil and are on the back of a win in the league themselves.

The Urban Warriors recorded their first win of the season in midweek, defeating Free State Stars 1-0 in Cape Town.

AmaTuks, on the other hand, head into the encounter having beaten Golden Arrows 2-0 in their last league outing.

University of Pretoria skipper Tebogo Monyai is expecting a tough game against Ajax, but the former Moroka Swallows defender admitted that if Tuks can’t win against Ajax at home they can’t beat anyone.

“They [Ajax] are a struggling team, they have been struggling of late and thus they will be eager to build on their win,” said Monyai

“It’s going to be tough, but we have been doing well at home and we want to continue that form, because unlike last season we have struggled away from home.”

“If we can’t beat Ajax Cape Town at home, we can’t beat anyone. Lately our strikers have done well, [Atusaye] Nyondo [Geofrey] Massa in particular. I am confident that we will continue our good form at home, we must win, win at all cost.”

Ajax Cape Town coach Muhsin Ertugral is expecting another tough test for his troops, but feels that if they play like they played in the win over Ea Lla Koto they stand a chance of picking up all three points.

“They are not the same team anymore, that counters very quickly, but they are rather a bit more aggressive. They pressurise you up front and try to win the ball. We need to be careful of that,” said Ertugral

“I am not going to play very offensively, what I saw first half [against Free State Stars] is the type of Ajax I want to see, if the boys get a little bit more confident that is the football we can play on a regular basis.”

The two teams have met each other on two occasions, both taking place last season.

Tuks won 5-1 in the Mother City, while the reverse fixture in Pretoria ended goalless.