Ajax welcome City, Swallows travel to United
Injury plugged Ajax Cape Town will hope to return to winning ways when they welcome Polokwane City on Friday night at the Athlone Stadium, kickoff at 8pm CAT.
The Urban Warriors, who are now coached by former Orlando Pirates mentor Roger de Sa, will go to the match against the Rise and Shine of Limpopo without some key players through injury and suspension including defender Nazeer Alli, midfielder Gradwald Scott and captain Domenic Isaacs.
The new coach at helm saw his side lose in his first match in charge against Mamelodi Sundowns in a Cup tie last week Friday, leaving him with a must win at home if his side is to stay in contention for the top-half finish.
Polokwane City on the other hand, was also knocked-out of the Nedbank Cup by rock-bottom side Golden Arrows last week, a week after stunning giants Orlando Pirates at home with a 1-0 win. Bobby Solomon’ men are trying to escape relegation as they are placed 13th on log with 19 points from 18 matches, and just two places below Ajax Cape Town who are on 23 points.
In the other Friday night match, Moroka Swallows will hope to continue their winning ways when they visit rejuvenated Maritzburg United at the Harry Gwala Stadium, kickoff also at 8pm CAT.
The Dube Birds were made to sweat by third tier side Mbombela United in the Nedbank Cup match last Saturday, coming back from behind twice to win 4-3. Zeca Marque’s troops have been poor since the turn of the year, without a win in their three games since the start of 2014, and with only one win in their last five matches which was on the 18th of December against Polokwane City.
The Soweto-based club will have to dig deep if they are to return to winning ways in the expense of Maritzburg United side that have found a new rhythm under the guidance of former South Africa coach Steve Komphela. The Team of Choice have been a better side under the new coach, and they almost stunned the last team from Soweto that visited their ground, Kaizer Chiefs, the runaway table toppers, came back twice from behind in Petermaritzburg to snatch a draw away from home.
Maritzburg United are hovering in danger zone as they are third from bottom with 17 points with 12 matches to play, while Moroka Swallows in danger of dropping out of the top-half if their poor run continues as they sit 8th with 23 points from 17 matches. When both side met in the first round at the Dobsonville Stadium earlier this season, the home side needed a late equaliser from defender Luvhengo Mungomeni to at least collect a point from home after Thokozani Sekotlong gave United the lead early in the second-half.