Chiefs face all-out war against Ajax

Weekend Post (South Africa) - - SPORT - Marc Stry­dom

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.

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