It’s down to the wire

DE HAAN: ‘We will win it’

Weekend Witness - - Sport -

JO­HAN­NES­BURG — Mar­itzburg United will have a ma­jor part to play as one of the most ex­cit­ing do­mes­tic PSL sea­sons in his­tory goes down to the wire to­day. Ajax Cape Town, Or­lando Pi­rates and Kaizer Chiefs are all in con­tention for the ti­tle in to­day’s fi­nal round of fix­tures.

Ajax are at the top of the log with 59 points, while Pi­rates (57 points) and Chiefs (56 points) are in sec­ond and third place re­spec­tively.

This sea­son has been a fruit­ful one for the Ajax brand with their par­ent club from the Nether­lands, Ajax Am­s­ter­dam, win­ning the Dutch ti­tle last week for the first time in five sea­sons.

The Ur­ban War­riors are on the verge of their first league ti­tle since the club was formed in 1999, but they will need to beat Ian Palmer’s Team of Choice at Cape Town Sta­dium to en­sure they lift the tro­phy.

Mar­itzburg have been in good form of late, win­ning their last two league en­coun­ters against MP Black Aces and Mamelodi Sun­downs, se­cur­ing their PSL sta­tus for next sea­son in the process.

With the pres­sure off Mar­itzburg, vic­tory for Ajax to­day will be a per­fect send-off for coach Foppe de Haan who re­tires af­ter the match.

“We will win it,” De Haan pre­dicted dur­ing the week.

“We played re­ally well all sea­son de­spite a few games when we lost our con­cen­tra­tion. We will look at be­ing re­ally ag­gres­sive on the field in a good way and to take con­trol of the game from the start,” he added.

Pi­rates play Golden Ar­rows at Or­lando Sta­dium in the hope that Ajax choke, bear­ing in mind that they carry a bet­ter goal dif­fer­ence.

The Buc­ca­neers stand a chance of win­ning a tre­ble this sea­son, hav­ing raised the MTN8 ear­lier in the cam­paign and set to play in next week’s Ned­bank Cup fi­nal in Nel­spruit.

“Ob­vi­ously Ajax, be­ing two points ahead of us, are firm favourites, but it’s not over un­til it’s over,” said Pi­rates cap­tain Lucky Lekg­wathi.

“I be­lieve Ajax will have more pres­sure com­ing in to this game, whereas our task is a straight­for­ward one — to beat Ar­rows and wait for the re­sult from the Cape,” he said.

Chiefs face AmaZulu at Moses Mab­hida Sta­dium in Dur­ban where their hopes will be banked on Ajax los­ing and Pi­rates draw­ing.

Amakhosi played them­selves back into con­tention with a ram­pant 4-0 win over Ajax two weeks ago. —Sapa. Ajax Pi­rates Chiefs S'downs Celtic Wits Santos S'Sport FS Stars Ar­rows P Stars M'burg AmaZulu Swal­lows Vasco Aces

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