It’s down to the wire
DE HAAN: ‘We will win it’
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