Weakened Ajax braced for Tuks test

A depleted Ajax Cape Town will look to continue their strong home form in the Absa Premiership when they host University of Pretoria at Athlone Stadium on Wednesday night.

But coach Roger De Sa will have to do without five of his starting eleven from the MTN8 Cup Final win earlier this season when the teams clash at 19h30 on 21 October.

“We beat them (AmaTuks) 2-0 at home last year and we lost away 3-0. I remember the away game more because they really killed us on the day. So it will be a difficult one for us as they are a team that is fighting,” De Sa says.

“They will compete and run hard and will be a typical Sammy Troughton team. I watched them in some of their recent games and we know it will be a tough one. There are no easy games really.

“We have a few players out though. Anssi (Jaakkola) is suspended and we have (Abbubakar) Mobara out, Travis Graham out, Riyaad (Norodien) is out. Nathan Paulse pulled out of training and is a massive doubt for the game.

“So all in all we have five players out who were all starters in our Cup Final this season so it is a test of our depth and also opens the door for somebody else in the squad.”

Ajax have claimed 10 points from four home matches this season. They are seventh on the Absa Premiership log with 10 points from six matches.

Meanwhile University of Pretoria suffered their fourth league loss when they went down 2-0 at home to Bloemfontein Celtic on September 27.

The Tshwane side has claimed one point from three away matches this season and are 14th on the Absa Premiership log with four points from six matches.

Veteran defender Tebogo Monyai believes his team could not be in better shape: “We are ready for this game and as I speak to you we are at the airport to fly to Cape Town having just completed our final training.

“We have no injuries and the players are all ready, our preparation after our last game against Orlando Pirates has gone well.

“We did well against Pirates and what was great to see was the work rate and the attitude from our players. It was just unfortunate that we did not get the goals,” Monyai said.

In head-to-head stats, Ajax and Tuks have met in six league matches since 2012/13.

The Pretoria side has two wins to their name, while the Urban Warriors have claimed just one win. Three matches have been drawn.

Ajax have won one of their three home matches against Tuks, suffering one defeat in the process.

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