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Ajax Cape Town’s Bantu Mzwakali hoping to impress coach Roger De Sa ahead of Kaizer Chiefs clash

Posted: 17 October 2014 Time: 16:35

Ajax Cape Town youngster Bantu Mzwakali is looking to work his place into the Urban Warriors’ starting XI ahead of their top-of-the-table clash against Kaizer Chiefs on Sunday.

The 20-year-old missed the start of the season through injury, yet featured for Ajax in their last two encounters, both against Mpumalanga Black Aces, in the League and Telkom Knockout, and was pleased with his displays for the Cape Town side.

“Yes, I am very happy with my performances,” Mzwakali tells

"When you get those chances, this is where you have to step up and show the coach that you want to play. If you’re working hard and the coach sees that, he will give you the chance.”

Ajax had a number of players missing on international duty which has disrupted their preparations ahead of their match-up with Chiefs, and Mzwakali feels this could be his chance to jump at the big occasion should he be needed.

“It’s one of the most difficult things the team faces,” the midfielder says. “Many of our international players have been out for a while, and now return with two days left to prepare for the match against Chiefs. It’s up to the coaches to decide [who plays].

“But for us as players, this is where we need to work hard to be ready to fill in for these players, and be considered by the coach should he need us.”

Mzwakali admitted it was hard to be out on the sidelines during the initial stages of the season, yet highlighted the influence of the experienced members of the Ajax squad which kept him motivated.

“With experienced players like Dominic Isaacs, Granwald Scott and Cecil Lolo around you, they keep motivating you, telling you to push, and saying, ‘Now it’s time, because we need you in the team’,” he says. “So that’s where you need to push yourself so everyone can see you’re working hard, and that’s when you can get your chance.”

Mzwakali hopes consistent game-time and a solid display on the pitch this season could see him join his fellow young club mates in the national team set-up.

“It’s great to see the younger guys like Rivaldo [Coetzee] and Aya [Magqwaka] in the national team,” he says. “It motivates me, so that when I do get game-time, coach Shakes can see me.”

Ajax play host to high-flyers Kaizer Chiefs this Sunday at the Cape Town Stadium, with kick-off scheduled for 15:30.

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

Livefyre comments on this story...

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-17 14:44:56

Yes high flyers not a run away train but your wish will be oDe sa's command we need u so that you can be our N4 wen we connect the 3 points

posted: 2014-10-17 14:52:27

who cares about age cheat like manyisa

posted: 2014-10-17 14:56:59

Waning Zebbies: Chiefs has only played the bottom teams in the League so far bar Free State Stars: They played:

1. Free State Stars

2. Black Aces

3. Celtics

4. Platinum Stars

5. Super Sport United

6. Tuks

7. Maritzburg United

Don't say we did not warn U.........

Braveheart de XVI
posted: 2014-10-17 15:01:01

I doubt you will come alive 'cause there's a guy called Katsande.

Enjoy your weekend bloggers

champ enigma
posted: 2014-10-17 15:14:26

Mxm this less ambitous players, they only play better against 2 big teams Chiefs and rats, from there they go back to non entity. Where is the last season striker that was said to be the next big striker after scoring against Chiefs

posted: 2014-10-17 15:15:51


flavor franco
posted: 2014-10-17 15:17:50

So who must they play against? West harm or athlatico madrid?

flavor franco
posted: 2014-10-17 15:18:51

Ddnt pirates play against those teams

MTN88 Champion Rhino
posted: 2014-10-17 15:33:35

Kahle Kahle why every player want to play against Chiefs or Play for Chiefs? Love & Peace. 

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-17 15:34:54

Wats wrong with ur warnings kan wena ok warning as well

stay far from MTN 8 champs

posted: 2014-10-17 15:39:57

Diski999 Chiefs put those teams at de bottom baba!dey ddnt go down willingly like Ajax will find out on Sunday!K4L

posted: 2014-10-17 15:39:59

i have one word for this boy: KATSANDE!!

Dj Iggy Da Gruv
posted: 2014-10-17 16:07:16

We have played against weaker opponents including pierats, forever fearless I remain foooooooooooooolstop

posted: 2014-10-17 16:30:52

khosi8 champ I see U r getting worried Baba..And rigthly So....The Sooner The Better.....

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-17 16:39:00

Hey bra if Ajax beat chiefs plz come out to say I warned u

posted: 2014-10-17 16:44:15

khosi8 champ I will hide when that happens......

For the Last time.....Be warned!!!!U guys are about to be hit by sumthing real hard..........

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-17 17:53:49

For the last time let me tell u this You wish

Terror Sawuti
posted: 2014-10-17 19:08:28

I wonder kula makhehla eChiefs who's going 2 mark Dolly,Bantu Mzwakali en Thabiso Nkoane I cnt wait its going 2 be an excinting game

posted: 2014-10-17 19:15:42

Wait and see total futbol brought to you by

University of Naturena....

khosi8 champ
posted: 2014-10-17 19:37:45

Ask Erasmus that who will keep those boys quite

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