Chiefs expect tough battle


Kick off is at 20h00

The Amakhosi have had an extremely disappointing start to the 2008/09 Absa Premiership season collecting no points in their first two matches; losing 2-1 to Thanda Royal Zulu and 3-2 to PSL returnees Maritzburg United.

Tshepo Bulu will be out for up to six weeks after sustaining a broken nose in the Maritzburg game and underwent reconstructive surgery to fix his nose and cheek bones.

Ajax, on the other hand, have collected four points from their first two matches. However, they did not start convincingly drawing 1-1 at home to Maritzburg United, but they bounced back in their second match when they took Moroka Swallows to the cleaners winning 4-2.

When firing upfront the Urban Warriors are extremely dangerous. For example, in their second league match they scored their first two goals in the opening eight minutes.

Chiefs have also been firing upfront scoring three goals in the first two league games. Their problem seems to lie at the other end of the pitch, conceding five goals in two games compared to the 20 goals they conceded the whole of the 2007/08 season.

The game on Saturday night between Ajax and the Amakhosi will be their 25th encounter in all competitions and their 19th league meeting.

Statistically speaking things are pretty even: Chiefs and the Urban Warriors have won five games a piece and drawn eight in their league encounters. The Soweto-based team, do however, have the edge over the Cape Town side in terms of goals, outscoring them 19 to 17.

The last time the two teams met the Amakhosi walked away 2-0 winners thanks to goals from Fabian McCarthy and Mabhuti Khenyeza.

Khenyeza has now moved from Chiefs to Ajax in a swop deal with Dominic Isaacs.

In the 2007/08 Premier League campaign Chiefs collected a solitary point against Ajax, and in the corresponding fixture last season Ajax walked away winners by a slender 1-0 margin.