Tycoons can end Ajax’s great run
Posted: 17 December 2008 Time: 10:47 am
Platinum Stars’ coach Miguel Gamondi will be hoping that a degree of complacency has set in at Ajax Cape Town after their Telkom Knockout final win over Orlando Pirates when he meets the Urban Warriors at the Mafikeng Stadium today.
Both sides enter the game in a confident mood after their key strikers secured important victories over the weekend.
Stars broke a long winless streak with a 2-0 victory over Mamelodi Sundowns on Sunday, with Luis Renteria scoring a double.
Mabhuti Khenyeza grabbed the headlines when his two goals proved enough for Ajax to beat Bucs in the cup final.
It was the Urban Warriors’ second consecutive win over the Buccaneers, and against the Tycoons they will be seeking a fifth successive Absa Premiership win that will, temporarily at least, move them back to the top of the log.
The teams have met 10 times in league competition since 2003/04, with Ajax claiming four victories to Stars’ two, and outscoring their opponents 13 goals to six.
In the first round of the Telkom Knockout earlier this season, Ajax and Stars played to a goalless draw, with the Cape side going on to win the shootout and, ultimately, the tournament.
But, with a home ground advantage, and against a side that must be weary after so much travelling, Gamondi could turn the tables on Craig Rosslee’s men.