Ajax, United meet eyeing 3rd spot


Ajax, United meet eyeing 3rd spot
Bantu Mzwakali of Ajax Cape Town gets to the ball ahead of Adrien Silva of Sporting Lisbon during the 2015 Cape Town Cup game between Ajax Cape Town and Sporting Lisbon at Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town on 24 July 2015

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Jul 25, 2015. 12:13

Ajax Cape Town will have to do everything in their power to claim the third spot of the inaugural Cape Town Cup as they face SuperSport United in the third/fourth place play-off match on Sunday afternoon.

Although the Urban Warriors lost to Sporting Club de Portugal 4-2 on penalties after a 2-2 draw, coach Roger De Sa remains proud of his boys saying they matched their opponents.

However, the young Ajax team will have to rectify their mistakes and ensure they protect their lead as they face Amatsantsantsa A Pitori who are still licking their wounds after their 4-0 drubbing by Crystal Palace.

De Sa’s men could’ve wrapped up the match after they took the 2-1 lead against Sporting in the dying minutes of the match, but Franklin Cale missed a glorious chance only to allow Sporting to bounce back and secure a draw when Ruben Semedo equalised to take the game to penalties.

Bantu Mzwakali, Rivaldo Coetzee and Granwald Scott will be expected to continue with their never say die attitude hoping to claim the bronze medal.

Speaking after the match, De Sa said he’s disappointed to have lost the match but he will be going all out on Sunday.

"I am obviously disappointed when you go 2-1 up and let it slip in the end, to concede from a set piece like we did," De Sa says.

“Ideally you want to play teams you do not get a chance to play often, like Crystal Palace.

"So I am slightly disappointed there. But on Sunday we will go out and give it a full go against SuperSport United."

On the other hand, Gordon Igesund will have to ensure his troops are ready and pick up the pieces as they face a fellow PSL side.

The ex-Bafana Bafana coach will hope his key players such as skipper, Thuso Phala, Lebogang Manyama and the experienced Bongani Khumalo are in high spirits ahead of the match.

The match is scheduled to get underway at 13:00 at the Cape Town Stadium.