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Zakri: I will score against Chiefs

Posted: 27 April 2018 Time: 18:00

Ajax Cape Town striker Yannick Zakri has vowed to end off his season on a high with a goal against Kaizer Chiefs, while insisting the Urban Warriors will avoid the drop. 

The 27-year-old joined Ajax on loan after a difficult first half of the season at Mamelodi Sundowns, enjoying a productive spell so far in the Mother City with four goals in eight league games, playing his part in helping the Cape club avoid the drop. 

With Tendai Ndoro still sidelined amid his registration controversy, added onus has been put on Zakri to find the back of the net, but the Ivorian insists he’s feeling no extra pressure. 

“[Tashreeq] Morris is here, Fagrie [Lakay] is here – everyone can score,” he tells KickOff.com. “The biggest pressure is survival. The pressure for me is not on scoring goals – yes I am here to score, but if I can pass them ball for someone else to score, I will. It’s about the team first.” 

Ajax left it late but gained a valuable three points with a last-gasp victory over Baroka on Tuesday night to temporarily lift them up the table, yet Wednesday night’s results put them in the relegation play-off berth once more.

But Zakri is adamant his side will avoid the drop. 

“We will survive, 100%. You will see,” he said defiantly. 

Ajax next face Sundowns, with Zakri unsure about his future at Chloorkop, insisting he will only focus on that at the end of the season. 

“I don’t know… for now I’m focused on Ajax, and after, we’ll see,” he said. “It’s up to Sundowns. I’m not scared, and will fight for my place in that team. But for now my focus is Ajax, and to fight to keep us in the league.” 

After their away trip to Pretoria, Ajax will see out the season at home to Chiefs, with the Urban Warriors enjoying an impressive run in the Cape of late, winning five of their last six home encounters. 

And Zakri is determined to enhance that record in two weeks’ time. 

“I know I will score against Kaizer Chiefs,” he says with a smile. 

Article by: Fabio De Dominicis

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