Chiefs face all-out war against Ajax
A TOTAL of 14 points and nine league positions separate them‚ but Kaizer Chiefs know they will be in for a war trying to beat desperate Ajax Cape Town today to ensure third place in the Absa Premiership.
A shaken Amakhosi‚ who have managed a defeat and a win since losing coach Steve Komphela after the infamous Nedbank Cup loss against Free State Stars, meet an Ajax in second-last place and fighting for their lives.
Muhsin Ertugral’s Urban Warriors (31 points) need a win against Chiefs to stay out of the playoffs. Three points to Ajax will mean that any result – draw‚ or win to either – between SuperSport United (33 points) and Baroka FC (34) will see one of those teams drop below them.
Polokwane City (33 points) can also drop to the playoffs if Ajax win and they lose against Chippa United.
“This is going to be a tough match‚” Chiefs wingback Joseph Molangoane admitted.
“Ajax are fighting for their life and they will throw everything at us in this one.
“It is normal to face teams that raise their game whenever they play against us. You can imagine this time‚ with so much at stake‚ sparks are going to fly.”
Third place after a morale-sapping third season without silverware might seem only a consolation for Chiefs to fight for.
But it is the only prize they have left to win.
Chiefs beat Maritzburg United 2-0 at FNB Stadium in the penultimate round to leapfrog the KwaZulu-Natal team into third‚ behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns (59 points) and confirmed runners-up Orlando Pirates (52).
They need to beat Ajax‚ or for Maritzburg to lose against Lamontville Golden Arrows at Harry Gwala Stadium‚ to finish there.