Downs and Ajax square-off again
Mamelodi Sundowns will target a fourth straight win when they visit Ajax Cape town for the second time this season as the two kick-start the last 32 of the Nedbank Cup at the Athlone Stadium on Friday night, kickoff at 20:00.
This will for the third time both sides meet this season after meeting twice in the league with both matches producing a total nine goals. The same sides met in the same stage of the same competition last season at the Cape Town Stadium with Sundowns full-back Tebogo Langerman scoring a cracker after extra-time to send the Brazilians to the next round of the competition.
Mamelodi Sundowns winger Bongani Zungu, who was awarded as the man of the match when the two sides met last week where the Pretoria side won 3-2 in a thrilling league match, says the Brazilians have been creating chances and scoring so they will not change much for the game against the Urban Warriors who are boosted by the appointment of former Orlando Pirates coach Roger de Sa.
“The more chances you create, the better your chances of winning the match are, and our strength at the moment has been playing going forward and there’ no reason for us to change that,” the former AmaTuks dribbling wizard told his club official website.
“We can vary the pace or the frequency of our attack from time to time but the game plan remains the same and the objective is to create chances in order to score goals.
With Cape Town city known for its windy and rainy conditions, Ajax Cape Town have been using that to their advantage to punish their visitors, but the 21-year old Zungu says they will deal with it and his side are well aware of the Urban Warriors danger man.
“Athlone Stadium’ windy conditions can be a challenge and can work in Ajax’ favour because they are more accustomed to the conditions, but I can assure that we have devised means to deal with it,” he said.
“We know who they centre their attack around and also know their danger man very well, which means we will be able neutralise them and continue with our mission,” The left-footed player concluded.