Ajax CT take aim at Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs and Ajax Cape Town will be aiming to end the year on a high note when they take to the field in an Absa Premiership clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.

Kick-off is at 8:15pm.

The Amakhosi ended a five-match winless streak by defeating Platinum Stars in Rustenburg last weekend. Four clean sheets in their last six league outings makes for good reading, but having only netted twice in this sequence - it is evident where the Glamour Boys problems lie.

Chiefs are still looking for their first home win of the season, having recorded four stalemates and two defeats from six turns as hosts. Their last home match was a 1-1 draw against Free State Stars last month.

The Urban Warriors broke a four-match winless streak when they defeated Chippa United 1-0 through a first-half rocket from Thabo Mosadi. It was the Cape side’s third victory this season and a first outside of their home city, as a lack of suitable venues meant the match was hosted at the Bidvest Stadium in Johannesburg.

The Urban Warriors have yet to claim victory in an official away match this season, recording two draws and five defeats. The Cape side held defending champions Bidvest Wits to a goalless draw in their most recent match on foreign soil.

The Amakhosi have 15 wins compared to nine for the Urban Warriors, while 12 matches have been drawn in head-to-head clashes over the years. The Soweto giants have won 11 of 18 home league matches in the rivalry, suffering just two defeats in the process.

Last season Chiefs took four points off Ajax, winning 1-0 at home in the first half of the campaign, followed by a 1-1 draw in the return game in Cape Town. The Amakhosi are unbeaten in their last seven league meetings with Ajax Cape Town and have conceded just two goals in the sequence.

Predicted Starting 11:

Kaizer Chiefs: Khune; Ngezana, Zulu, Hadebe, Cardoso, Meyiwa, Maluleka, Tshabalala, Jayiya, Parker, Paez.

Ajax Cape Town: February; Kammies, Nhlapo, Booysen, Lebusa, Mdabuka, Pietersen, Mzwakali, Mosadi, Morris, George.

Head-to-Head Statistics:


Season Result Scorers

2012/13 Chiefs 3-0 Ajax Gaxa, Parker, Tshabalala

2012/13 Ajax 3-1 Chiefs Manyama 2, Khenyeza; Mashamaite

2013/14 Ajax 1-0 Chiefs Morris

2013/14 Chiefs 2-0 Ajax Musona 2

2014/15 Ajax 0-1 Chiefs Mashamaite

2014/15 Chiefs 1-0 Ajax Masango

2015/16 Ajax 1-1 Chiefs Paulse; Manqele

2015/16 Chiefs 0-0 Ajax

2016/17 Chiefs 2-0 Ajax Gordinho, Lebese

2016/17 Ajax 1-1 Chiefs Paulse; Cardoso

LEAGUE RECORD (since 1999/2000)



Chiefs 18 11 5 2 27 8

Ajax 18 7 7 4 19 18



Chiefs 18 4 7 7 18 17

Ajax 18 2 5 11 8 27



Chiefs 36 15 12 9 45 27

Ajax 36 9 12 15 27 45

What They Said:

Kaizer Chiefs head coach Steve Komphela:

“We need to win matches,,” Komphela said.

“It’s very difficult to evaluate how good or how bad your team is. Very difficult…I don’t know what could be the reason. All of us suffer from the same issue. There are teams that had gone eight matches, five or six without a win and all of a sudden when they win they are still in contention which shows that other teams hadn’t made much movement.

“Looking at where we are (in third place on the log standings), we just need to score goals. Before you fix anything, you must look at what you are sitting on.”

Ajax Cape Town head coach Stanley Menzo:

“We have to take it game by game,” Menzo said.

“We have to think long-term, but at this moment we have to start with the next game, and then the next one and the next one – that’s the objective. Hopefully we’ll have some more points [after this coming weekend], and then the break to think about the next step.

"The team showed good mentality against Wits and Chippa, but we are still towards the bottom of the log standings. While those results will give us confidence against Chiefs, I always believe that confidence doesn't give points."

Key Players:

Kaizer Chiefs

Itumeleng Khune: The Amakhosi shot-stopper has been a one man wall at times this season for the Glamour Boys with his saves winning valuable points for the Soweto giants. As they aim to bring another challenging year to an end, eyes will be on Khune to keep another clean-sheet as Chiefs aim to reel in run-away leaders Mamelodi Sundowns in the New Year.

George Maluleka: The former Urban Warriors midfielder rose to prominence in the Mother City and has over the past season established himself as an integral part of the Glamour Boys squad, as he now set his sights on downing his former employers. Chiefs have struggled in front of goal this season and will look to ‘Mido’ and Siphiwe Tshabalala for creative spark - their leadership qualities will also be of essence with Willard Katsande suspended for the clash.

Ajax Cape Town

Thabo Mosadi: The Urban Warriors speedster returned to form with a stunning goal against Chippa United this past weekend. The goal and subsequent win came as a major boost for the Urban Warriors who will be relying on the wing-wizard to lead them to a rare win away from home.

Ndiviwe Mdabuka: The hard-working midfielder will be key in breaking down attacking situations with added responsibility to fall on his shoulders following injury to Grant Margeman. The box-to-box midfielder plays a key role in igniting attacking situations and Menzo will be hoping that he rises to the occasion as the Urban Warriors aim to end the year on a high.