Ajax eye win over Aces

Ajax Cape Town are hoping for as many points as possible from their remaining home games, starting with Mpumalanga Black Aces at Athlone on Sunday, kick-off at 15h30.

The title-challenging Cape side go into this game having lost 2-0 to Bidvest Wits midweek, not an ideal result with Orlando Pirates winning to go three points clear at the summit.

However, captain Brett Evans is remaining philosophical ahead of the clash with 16th-placed AmaZayoni.

“It wasn’t a great performance by us and Wits deserved to win, even with 10 men. We went at them in the second half, but they put up a wall in defence.

“We’re disappointed with the result, but we also knew that we were not going to win all eight of our remaining games.

“We have five games at home and we need to win as many as possible of those matches,” said the left back, who has over 300 caps for the Urban Warriors.

Evans is expecting a tricky encounter on Sunday.

“We watched Aces play Sundowns and they did well despite losing. They played with confidence and we need to be careful on Sunday, we need to make sure we are prepared and in good shape to face them.”

Ajax will be missing centre back Derrick Decamps through suspension, but Brent Carelse, Cecil Lolo, Sameehg Doutie and Thulani Hlatshwayo will all be available again, while Nazeer Aliie will be looking to return to match fitness after coming back from injury and playing the second half against Wits.

For Aces, the team needs to overcome their frustrations at losing to Downs, and in particular, having defender Mark Erberle sent off after just 30 minutes for what some felt was a harsh decision.

Captain Mpho Maleka certainly believes it was the wrong decision and is hoping for better treatment against Ajax.

“It was a very rough decision and changed the way the game was going and really set us back.

“We can’t afford to have these kind of decisions go against us and now we are very concerned as to who will be officiating Sunday’s match – all we ask for is a fair chance and if the opposition are better than us on the day, then we’ll accept it,” said the team’s top marksman.

“The Aces players need to keep their heads up and continue to fight for survival,” said Maleka.

“Playing Ajax will be similar to the game against Sundowns in that they are fighting fro the title and we are fighting for our lives.

“The team though is really starting to gel and despite our position we go to Cape Town feeling that we are good enough to get a positive result.